MEGADETH’ mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke about the level of talent carried by the band’s current guitarist, Kiko Loureiro, and past shredder Marty Friedman.
Mustaine addressed Friedman and Loureiro’s playing abilities while filming a new Cameo video for a MEGADETH fan named John. You can check it out for yourself below.
Answering a question about Friedman’s guitar solo in the MEGADETH song “Tornado Of Souls” from the band’s “Rust In Peace” album, Mustaine said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Hey, John, it’s Dave Mustaine from MEGADETH. Hey, I got your question about Marty’s solo in ‘Tornado Of Souls’. And… What did I think about it when I first heard it? I loved it. But — you’ve gotta remember these songs were played before, and [former MEGADETH guitarist] Chris Poland had played on those. I’d have to listen back to Chris’s solo to see how much of his performance had influenced Marty’s solo.
“I guess I should say a little bit about Marty, too, and his performance, when you said that you thought it was like Picasso,” he continued. “There’s a lot of players out in the world that play like Marty. They’re hard to find. If you’re in a band and you’re looking for someone like Marty Friedman, you’ll see how hard it is by how long it took me to find Kiko. The other players I’ve had were great in between Marty, and I say that with all respect, but there’s very few guys out there like Marty and Kiko.”