Former Megadeth lead guitarist Marty Friedman spoke in recent episode of Loudwire’s “Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction” series and explained that why he has respect for Metallica.
He sait that he has a lot of respect for Metallica because of they did ballads. Here’s the statement:
“In Megadeth, I thought with a name like Megadeth, we should be fucking heavy as fuck! And then we could afford to have something that’s like, not a poppy ballad, but kind of a ballad that works.
Like, I have a lot of respect for Metallica, and they did a ballad and it sounded like them. And I was, ‘Why can’t we do something like that?’.
I always wanted to do really, really heavy stuff and something that also appealed to people who don’t like their tempos that fast. There’s room for everything.
Actually, all of us at the time cooperated the best as we could. There was no fighting about anything as far as I remember.”
“I don’t know about tired of playing metal, but tired of kind of holding the flag up for traditional metal, which is what I saw happening.
There was so much more I wanted to do, so much more musically I had to say, and I thought Megadeth could go on with their goals a lot better with a different person, and they did. They got a lot of great guys who were more suited to what they were trying to do than I was. So I think it was a win-win for everybody.“
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