Dave Mustaine’s “Big Surprise” for Argentina Show Won’t Involve Marty Friedman: “That’s Not Going to Happen”

If you’ve been harboring fervent expectations of a Megadeth reunion with former guitarist Marty Friedman in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this April, it’s time to gracefully manage your disappointment. In a recent interview with Argentina’s prominent newspaper Clarin, frontman Dave Mustaine swiftly debunked speculations about Friedman’s return, dashing hopes of a surprise collaboration during the upcoming concerts.

In unequivocal terms, Mustaine addressed the matter, stating, “No, that’s not going to happen. He’s not going to play with us. I can promise you it won’t happen. Although, mind you, I love Marty, and we had a great time playing together. I want to make it clear that there is nothing wrong; it just won’t happen.”

Despite the thrill of witnessing Friedman briefly rejoining the band for live performances in recent months, Mustaine’s declaration puts an end to the anticipation that arose when he teased a “big surprise” during their upcoming Latin American tour, particularly during the three nights scheduled in Buenos Aires.

Initially, there was speculation that Friedman might return, especially given the band’s circumstances with Kiko Loureiro’s departure and Wintersun guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari temporarily filling in. However, with Friedman now ruled out, fans are left pondering the nature of the impending surprise. Will Mustaine announce a collaboration with James Hetfield? Perhaps invite Lars Ulrich to take the stage on drums for a set? Could David Ellefson return to fill the vacant guitar slot, despite his past expulsion from the band? Only time will unravel the mystery.

As the Crush The World Tour 2024 dates approach, the audience is left in suspense, eager to discover what Mustaine has in store for them. The anticipation builds for the upcoming performances across Lima, Santiago, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Asuncion, São Paulo, Bogota, San Salvador, Mexico City, and Monterrey. The tour promises an electrifying experience, even if the Marty Friedman reunion is no longer part of the equation.

Crush The World Tour 2024

Sat April 6 Lima, Peru Arena 1
Tu April 9 Santiago, Chile Movistar Arena
Thu April 11 Montevideo, Uruguay Arena Antel
Sat April 13 Buenos Aires, Argentina Movistar Arena
Tue April 16 Asuncion, Paraguay Jockey Club
Thu April 18 São Paulo, Brazil Espaco Unimed
Sun April 21 Bogota, Colombia Movistar Arena
Tue April 23 San Salvador, El Salvador Complejo Cuscatlan
Thu April 25 Ciudad de México, México Arena Ciudad de México
Sat April 27 Monterrey, México Arena Monterrey

Megadeth Announces Latin American Tour While Mustaine Promises “Big Surprise” in Buenos Aires

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