Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

Despite the setbacks faced by Wacken Open Air thanks to torrential downpours, Megadeth still took the stage earlier today and they had a very special guest with them. For the second time since his departure from the band, Megadeth was rejoined by the legendary Marty Friedman to rip that one solo we all know and can’t play plus “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”. The first was in February at a show in Japan.

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You can check out some fan-filmed footage below, as well a pre-show teaser from Dave Mustaine.

According to Friedman in an interview with Guitar World earlier this year, the hardest thing about getting back on stage with Megadeth was remembering the solos the way the fans want them to be played. Somewhere, Josh Homme is thrilled.

“If there was any challenge at all, I guess it would be playing the solos the way the fans remember them, which is something I wanted to do,” he said. “My playing has evolved so much since those songs came out, and there are so many nuances I would naturally do differently now.

“I had to resist the urge to play it like I would in 2023 and stick to the original way. For example, in a couple of those songs, I entered the solo on the downbeat, with the first note being the root of the chord. I would definitely avoid both of those things now, but apparently, I was fine with it back then.”

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