• Metalhead To Head

    Ben Weinman Hangs Out With His Idol Marty Friedman in 'Metalhead to Head'

    The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist watches former Megadeth axeman Friedman improvise some guitar solos and the duo chat about their recent projects

    Two more axe-wielders are featured in the newest episode of Fuse's original web series Metalhead To Head this week, as former Megadeth member and solo artist Marty Friedman and The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman take center stage. Watch Part 1 of the episode above and Part 2 below!

    It's an interesting situation for Weinman, who has made quite a name for himself with his work in TDEP. Spin proclaimed him as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, he's considered one of the fastest guitar players in the world and he's an inspiration for many young metal-lovers today. And he's still under 40 years old. As he admits early on in this episode, he grew up listening to and admiring the work of Friedman, who played on five albums with Megadeth in the '90s. 

    Weinman says it was Friedman's style of playing that got him into investigating more eclectic types of guitar work, greatly influencing his output as a founding member of The Dillinger Escape Plan. The duo talk about how they form their bands and how Friedman is choosing musicians for an upcoming solo world tour supporting his recently released album Inferno. It's Friedman's 12th solo album since 1988. 

    While supporting his new release and living in Japan–"There was a period of time when I found myself listening to only Japanese music... so I just upped and left" he says about moving to Tokyo–Friedman reflects on his time spent with Megadeth years ago. "I have a lot of respect for that piece of history but it doesn't make me want to go back and play it," he says, citing a natural tendency to look forward as the primary reason for not wanting to do a Megadeth reunion. 

    Friedman will be on tour across the globe all year in support of Inferno; keep up with him on Twitter. Weinman released One Of Us Is The Killer with TDEP in 2013 and the band will be on tour in Europe throughout the summer. Keep up with Weinman and the band on Twitter

    Watch new episodes of Fuse's digital series Metalhead to Head every Tuesday on Fuse.tv. Catch up on all the previous episodes of Metalhead to Head here!