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Dave Mustaine Reveals ‘Breadline’ Solo Snafu Among Reasons Marty Friedman Left Megadeth

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Megadeth have their fair share of alums who have come and gone due to a variety of reasons and in a recent interview with AXS, Dave Mustaine revealed a bit more about one of the moments that may have factored in to Marty Friedman‘s exit.

Mustaine was asked about how he decides which guitarist plays which solos on a record, and the explanation led to the Megadeth leader sharing an unfortunate incident that concerned Friedman.

“It’s based on the rhythm,” started Mustaine, talking about the decision on the solos. “I’m a better rhythm player than a soloist. I consider myself an accomplished soloist, but if the rhythm gets too complicated I can’t follow it very well. The other guys can. So I’ll take the more complicated rhythm to play and let them solo over it. But when the rhythm is simpler I’ll have them do it and I’ll solo over it. That’s usually the most obvious way we pick who does what. There’ll be times when it just doesn’t work out that way.”

He continued, “One of the main reasons Marty Friedman left Megadeth was because of the solo in ‘Breadline.’ That was a song where Marty wanted to do the solo so badly. And he did, but when we got the song back our management said, ‘We don’t like the solo.’ Marty was already gone, so I agreed to re-do it. But I told them they’d have to tell Marty they didn’t like his solo and wanted it re-done, because I knew it was gonna cause problems!”

Mustaine recalls, “We’re sitting in the control room and the song comes on. Everyone’s there, we’re all excited. I’m fat, dumb and happy because I think they told Marty it would be my solo, not his. So the song comes up and there’s my solo. Dave Ellefson and I look over at Marty, and he’s got tears coming down his face. I was like, ‘Oh my God! You didn’t tell him!’ I felt terrible. Those are the little things that just f–k everything up. People don’t see that part of it. They think it’s my fault. I mean sure, I had a part in it, yeah. But who forgot to tell him?”

Friedman joined the band in 1990 and exited the band at the early part of 2000.

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