Former Megadeth Guitarist Would Rather Chew Glass Than Listen to Jimi Hendrix
Marty Friedman, who played guitar in Megadeth throughout the '90s, said he would rather "chew glass" than listen to Jimi Hendrix. The revelation came in a new interview the guitarist recently gave to Ultimate Guitar.
"I never got Hendrix," Friedman admitted. "When I think of Hendrix, an image comes in my mind about a lot of hippies rolling around in mud tripping on acid, and it just doesn't turn me on at all. And all that noise and feedback, and I'm like, 'Play in tune.' I'm a big tuning guy, and that's probably why I don't like [Bob] Dylan, because things go out of tune and it kills me."
At least Friedman -- who's spent the past dozen years living in Japan, where he enjoys a career as a TV host -- is aware enough to know that his comment isn't a popular opinion, especially among his fellow guitarists, who view Hendrix as a six-string deity.
"All of my favorite guitarists hail Hendrix," he said. "I'm a big Uli Jon Roth fan ... He probably loves Hendrix as much as Hendrix's own mother does. All the guys I respect love Hendrix, so I know there's something there. It's just that I never got it, because it never fit into my experiences."
The Maryland-born Friedman got his start in the San Francisco-based metal band Cacophony in the mid-'80s. He joined Megadeth in 1990 and first played on their Rust in Peace album. He left the band in 1999, citing a growing distaste for the group's more commercial direction at the time.
He'll be launching his first U.S. tour in more than a decade soon. Chances are, he may have to answer a few questions about his Hendrix comment, which he's already addressed on his Facebook page. In addition to putting some of his thoughts into context, he mentions the Ultimate Guitar interview, noting, "Of course their headline makes me look like an a--hole, but that's how I talk to my friends, and that's how I consider all of you out there, so enjoy."
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