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Megadeth unveil details on ‘They Only Come Out at Night’ – Live at Budokan, a global livestream event to include band alumni Marty Friedman as special guest. 

Thrash Metal icons MEGADETH – Dave Mustaine, Kiko Loureiro, James LoMenzo, Dirk Verbeuren – announced band alumni guitarist, Marty Friedman as the special guest for their one-off global livestream from the legendary Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan on February 27.

Friedman will join Dave, and MEGADETH on stage, marking the first time in more than 23 years performing with them. Marty was the guitarist with MEGADETH from 1990 to 2000, touring and playing on five studio albums including the GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum selling album Countdown to Extinction, and platinum selling releases, Rust In Peace, and Youthanasia.

Dave Mustaine tells us;

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.  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!

Marty Friedman adds:

It has been a long time. 23 years to be exact since I’ve been on the same stage with Dave Mustaine making music. We`ve both taken drastically different paths since then. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m extremely proud of the part that I played in Megadeth`s history and legacy. I’m also very, very proud of the band’s many great achievements and continued success in my absence. For right now, I just feel immense joy and some serious adrenaline. I am looking forward to playing with Megadeth at this very cool place, The Budokan.”

This will be MEGADETH’s first ever performance at Budokan – for those unable to be in Japan for this historic moment in rock history, a global livestream of the fully-live performance will be streamed worldwide at 6:00 pm Tokyo-time (JST) / 9:00 am London (GMT) / 4:00 am (ET) / 1:00 am (PT) produced by Wowow and Driift. The show will then be re-broadcast so fans around the world can watch at a more convenient time.  Following that, the show will be available to watch on-demand for 2 days.

Stream at the following times:

Live Show: 9am GMT / 6pm JST
Re-Broadcast #1: 7pm GMT / 8pm CET
Re-Broadcast #2: 8pm EST
Re-Broadcast #3: 8pm PST
Tickets grant access to the livestream, all re-broadcasts, and the 2-day on-demand viewing period. Livestream tickets are on sale now at

Their new album, ‘The Sick, The Dying, and the Dead’ is out now.

Oran O’Beirne 2023