In a recent interview with KILO 94.3, MEGADETH‘s Dave Mustaine spoke about Marty Friedman. He said:
“Marty and I were going in different directions. Of course, we’re friends now and I’ve always loved his playing, but he wanted to do something else. And I should have said, ‘Okay, let’s stop. I’ll get a new guitar player. You go on your way.’ But instead, he stayed longer than he wanted and I think I kept him longer than I should have.
He further added:
“Had ‘Risk’ maybe not been recorded by Marty and recorded by somebody else, it could have been a different record. Probably the definitive straw that broke the camel’s back was when Marty had a solo on a song called ‘Breadline’ and the label and management took it off and put a solo I had on there. And he freaked. That was it… It was sad. I love Marty. I told [the label], I said, ‘Look, there’s three ways to do this,’ because they didn’t like his solo on ‘Breadline’. I said ‘There’s three ways to do it: You either mute it, you have him come back, or I do it.’ And they said, ‘Well, he’s not coming back. We’re not paying for him to come back. And there needs to be a solo there, so you have to do it.’ I said, ‘I’ll do it, but you have to tell him.'”
“When we were listening to the final mixes… Everybody flew back out to Nashville. He’s sitting there and he’s totally excited, ready to listen to his solo on ‘Breadline’, ’cause he loved that song and he loved the solo he did. It was a really beautiful solo, too, but it wasn’t right. And the solo went down, and he heard my solo, and I looked over and he had tears going down his face. And I thought, ‘You b*st*rds. You didn’t tell him.’ And that was it. That was all it took for Marty. He quit. Although he stayed — on the outside, his body was there, but on the inside, his soul was gone.”