Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman spoke in an interview with Jimmy Key from The Metal Voice and revealed the story about he once nearly auditioned for pop star Madonna.

Here’s the statement:

“It was gonna happen the same week that I auditioned for Megadeth. So it obviously didn’t happen. I mean, I would have played with Madonna in a heartbeat. At that time, I was really borderline homeless.

I was living with various chicks — typical Hollywood sponger type of dude and really nothing to be proud of, but that’s just the way it was back then. And I always liked Madonna. And, actually, Madonna has a great guitar player now — a guy named Monte Pittman. And this dude is full metal. And he’s an excellent guitarist.”

He continued:

“It wasn’t that they knew about me; it was I knew about the audition. It was like a casting-call thing. And I lived in Hollywood, so I definitely had my ears to the ground about any single thing that was going on.

And I’m sure I heard about other things that I don’t remember now, but I was always trying to move into some kind of band situation back then and trying every possible thing.

So, Madonna was… When I heard about that… Usually bands, or artists, would do auditions and rehearsals in the area where I lived — I lived right downtown in Hollywood — so word would spread around about those type of things.

So that’s how it was… I called whoever you call, and [they told me], ‘Yeah, come in on the weekend,’ or whenever the audition was. And that’s how it worked.”

You can watch the entire interview from below. Click here to source of the statement.