More than 40 years after Buddy Holly's death and with the blessing of his widow, two former Megadeth members joined a Mesa, Ariz.-based vocalist to record an unfinished Holly tune, "That Makes It Toug

More than 40 years after Buddy Holly's death and with the blessing of his widow, two former Megadeth members joined a Mesa, Ariz.-based vocalist to record an unfinished Holly tune, "That Makes It Tough." Guitarist Marty Friedman and bassist Dave Ellefson, who both live in Scottsdale, recently backed vocalist Steve Richards on a version of the song, one of the last Holly wrote before his death in a 1959 plane crash at age 22.

"I felt that song, whoever records it, would probably have a hit on their hands, because it's a great song," Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly, told the East Valley Tribune. "When I heard [Richards] sing, I knew it would be perfect for him." Holly had informally recorded the song on what are known as "The Apartment Tapes."

Richards recorded the vocals recently in Nashville, Tenn., with a distinctive country twang. When Friedman and Ellefson joined in at the Mesa studio, they gave it more of a rock'n'roll feel. "Buddy would have rocked it out," said Friedman, who describes himself as a huge Holly fan. "It's almost like he's rising from the dead. It's my connection to the legend."

As previously reported, a severe injury suffered in January by Megadeth founder/frontman Dave Mustaine brought about the end of the veteran metal group after 19 years. The band's remaining members -- Ellefson, Friedman, drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, and guitarist Al Pitrelli -- announced in June that they would soldier on under a new name with a new vocalist.


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