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Rock News: Megadeth loses guitarist
Megadeth has bid farewell to their guitarist Marty Friedman midway through their current tour. 

Megadeth quickly got a press release stating that Marty left the band "to pursue other musical interests."  There has been no word yet directly from the guitarist for his reasons for leaving the band. 

Friedman joined Megadeth in 1989 filling the void left by Jeff Young. According to MTV news Savatage six stringer, Al Pitrelli, will take over for the remaining dates on the U.S. leg of the Megadeth tour. 

Our very own Debbie Seagle was on hand for Marty's final performance in San Diego on Jan 9th. Look for a full report on the show from her coming to Rock n World soon. 

Here is the official statement from Megadeth.

January 09, 2000 - Phoenix, Arizona
 
Megadeth Guitarist Marty Friedman, who has been with the band for over ten years, has chosen to leave the group to pursue other musical interests. Frontman, Dave Mustaine comments "Marty is an incredible player and has been a keystone in Megadeth. We are sorry to see him go but we wish him all the best." Guitar wiz, Al Pitrelli (Alice Cooper, Savatage) will fill in as the band winds up the first leg of their domestic RISK tour which runs through January 21. Megadeth will continue to tour domestically and internationally with stops in Japan and South America, returning to the US in the summer. 
 

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