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Megadeth is reuniting with guitarist Marty Friedman at an upcoming show in Tokyo’s iconic venue Budokan.

The Budokan show is taking place on February 27 and is the first time Megadeth is playing in the renowned arena. The show will be livestreamed worldwide via Dreamstage with advanced digital tickets retailing for $15.

This show marks the first time in 23 years Friedman will perform with Megadeth. The guitarist’s tenure with the band lasted ten years from 1990-2000. Frontman Dave Mustaine said in a statement, “Marty and I have remained friends over 23 years, since we last played together. However, I hear his music every night, and he still is among the top guitar players I’ve ever heard.”

Mustaine added, “This is an amazing treat for the fans, as well as myself. I am going to enjoy this as much as the fans are, and I’m sure many of you will catch me sneaking a peek during Marty’s appearance. Domo arigato, Marty-San!”

Friedman resides in Tokyo and issued a video statement about the news. He said, in part, “It’s been a real long time since I’ve been on the same stage with Dave Mustaine making music, and we’ve both taken severely different paths in our life since then. But that doesn’t change the fact that I’m so extremely proud of the part that I played in Megadeth’s history and Megadeth’s legacy, and I’m also very, very proud of the achievements that the band has done in my absence.”

Friedman added, “But for right now, at this moment, I just feel immense joy and serious adrenaline to look forward to playing together at this very, very cool place. So I just really wish you could be there, and I hope to see you soon.”

27 Albums that Turn 35 in 2023

A number of albums that turn 35 in 2023 are among some of the biggest albums released in the ’80s, let alone 1988.

In 1988, Metallica, Bon Jovi and U2 continued to show their dominance with the release of major albums. The world was also introduced to Jane’s Addiction and Soundgarden via their debut albums. A number of other major artists released albums including R.E.M., AC/DC, Poison, Van Halen and more.

Here are 27 albums that turn 35 in 2023. Enjoy!

  • Soundgarden - ‘Ultramega OK’

    Released on October 31, 1988.

  • Megadeth - ‘So Far, So Good…So What!’

    Released on January 19, 1988.

  • Jane’s Addiction - ‘Nothing’s Shocking’

    Released on August 23, 1988.

  • Keith Richards - ‘Talk Is Cheap

    Released on October 3, 1988.

  • Metallica - ‘...And Justice for All’

    Released on September 7, 1988.

  • U2 - ‘Rattle and Hum’

    Released on October 10, 1988.

  • Living Colour - ‘Vivid’

    Released on May 3, 1988.

  • R.E.M. - ‘Green’

    Released on November 7, 1988.

  • Iron Maiden - ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’

    Released on April 11, 1988.

  • Sonic Youth - ‘Daydream Nation’

    Released on October 18, 1988.

  • Travelling Wilburys - ‘Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1’

    Released on October 25, 1988.

  • Slayer - ‘South of Heaven’

    Released on July 5, 1988.

  • Robert Plant - ‘Now and Zen’

    Released on February 29, 1988.

  • AC/DC - ‘Blow Up Your Video’

    Released on January 18, 1988.

  • Van Halen - ‘OU812’

    Released on May 20, 1988.

  • Poison - ‘Open Up and Say…Ahh!’

    Released on May 3, 1988.

  • Guns N’ Roses - ‘GN’R Lies’

    Released on November 29, 1988.

  • David Lee Roth - ‘Skyscraper’

    Released on January 26, 1988.

  • Lita Ford - ‘Lita’

    Released on February 2, 1988.

  • Cheap Trick - ‘Lap of Luxury’

    Released on April 12, 1988.

  • Erasure - ‘The Innocents’

    Released on April 10, 1988.

  • Judas Priest - ‘Ram It Down’

    Released on May 13, 1988.

  • Cinderella - ‘Long Cold Winter’

    Released on July 5, 1988.

  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - ‘Up Your Alley’

    Released on May 23, 1988.

  • Patti Smith - ‘Dream of Life’

    Released in June 1988.

  • Bon Jovi - ‘New Jersey’

    Released on September 19, 1988.

  • The Bangles - ‘Everything’

    Released on October 18, 1988.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.