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
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.