There's No Sense in Friedman and Menza Returning to Megadeth, According to Dave Mustaine

Megadave admits fans keep asking - but says bringing pair back would be like "putting rotten tooth back in your mouth."

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Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine says bringing back ex-members Marty Friedman and Nick Menza would be like "putting a rotten tooth back in your mouth."

He admits he still receives requests to have the fired pair rejoin the band – but insists there's no chance of it ever happening.

As Classic Rock notes, drummer Menza was behind the kit between 1989 and 1998 while guitarist Friedman spent a decade with Mustaine from 1990. Both first appeared on fourth studio album "Rust in Peace" while Menza departed after "Cryptic Writings" and Friedman was gone following eighth outing "Risk."

Asked whether fans still demand their return, Mustaine tells Loaded Radio: "Yeah – but that makes as much sense as somebody saying, 'Put a rotten tooth back in your mouth.' I've seen stuff that Menza's been saying and it's unfortunate. I know Marty's happy doing what he's doing.

"If I wanted to get them back I would have worked it out – but I don't."

He says he's happy with the current Megadeth lineup, featuring original bassist David Ellefson plus guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover, describing them as "way more what I want in my life and my band."

He admits: "I'm strange by definition – but that's what makes us unique and awesome. I like the fact that you never know what you're going to get with these guys. They're funny and they love the fans. There's no 'I'm in it for myself' bullcrap, or 'I can't wait to do my solo albums' stuff that'll tear bands apart."

Megadeth are working on the follow-up to last year's album "Super Collider," but Mustaine says they're "taking their time," adding: "The albums we've got most enjoyment is the ones that took the longest to write."

The band headline this year's Bloodstock festival in August. Meanwhile, Menza has joined forces with ex-Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo, and the pair recently released a Metallica cover as their first track.

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    "Menza has joined forces with ex-Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo, and the pair recently released a Metallica cover as their first track." ..and it kicks ass!
    Is it just me or does ex-Megadeth members releasing a Metallica cover seem like giving a big middle finger to Mustaine?
    I respect Dave's opinion, but i bet he said the same thing about Ellefson when he fired him from Megadeth years ago... and look.
    He didn't fire Ellefson. He disbanded Megadeth.
    Yes, then he released The System Has Failed that was intended to be his solo album, but due to contractual issues, he had to released it under the name Megadeth, anyway, but for the United Abominations he officially regrouped Megadeth ( with Lomenzo of course) and im pretty sure that by the time the fans demanded Ellefson back in the band and knowing Dave as he is he probably said that he never would be back in Megadeth.
    No. It makes sense, since Friedman and Menza are light years ahead of Broderick and Drover. It's like comparing skills & soul with skills only.
    marty was fired? now that's news to me anyways, he'll always be a better guitarist than that unimaginative drone, chris broderick. too bad they couldn't have kept pitrelli, but i'm guessing he had some glimpse into the future and wanted to avoid 13 and super collider
    Fair enough. People were mad enough when So Far So Good came out about Poland and Samuelson, then Rust in Peace came out and everyone shut their mouths. Endgame was similar, but the last two albums have been no where near as good.