Marty Friedman To Tour The USA

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Oh this is cool! Marty Friedman is doing a solo tour of the USA for the first time in over a decade, in support of his album Inferno. Marty says: “On the rare occasion that I stop and think I about it, I realize I’ve done an insane thing: I left a successful international band to concentrate my efforts on the domestic music scene of a country thousands of miles from my home. Different culture, different language, different planet. Since I went to Japan, so many Americans have supported me, and while many doubted I would ever play live in my homeland again, now it’s happening. Choosing the setlist and doing prep for this tour has been a blast. Words can not describe how excited I am about finally touring North America!”

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Full Marty Friedman ‘Inferno’ Details Revealed

MART3386 (2)As I sit here I’m listening to an advance copy of Marty Freidman’s forthcoming album Inferno and it’s a monster. Marty’s playing has always been great but this is some seriously next-level stuff – he’s pulling out chops that are a continuation and progression from his Cacophony days as well as stuff that we’ve heard him develop over the last decade and a half, and the album even features a song called “Horrors” which is his first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since Cacophony. I’ll post a full review and an interview with Marty closer to the release date but just know that this album will kick your ass. Here’s more info: Read More …

The Spectra Of Plectra: Take Your Pick

big stubbyLemmie tell you a little story about plectrums. I used to always – always – use a Jim Dunlop Jazz III pick. It was my go-to pick no matter what I was playing: electric, acoustic, bass, 7-string, metal, blues, jazz. And it served me really well. But then one day I found myself in a foreign country on an unfamiliar guitar with an unfamiliar pick and I felt completely lost. Oh and it was during a lesson with Paul Gilbert, which is a real good way to feel intimidated, no matter how great Paul is at making his lessons seem fun and relaxed. A little while later, I went to a Marty Friedman clinic which was a hugely influential night in my development as a guitarist. Lemmie explain.   Read More …

Want Marty Friedman To Play On Your Tracks?

Exotic Guitar CartThe rather legendary Marty Friedman has released his first guitar loop library, titled Exotic Guitar, which seems to be pitched at the producer and DJ markets, but hey, there’s no reason you can’t take these loops and add them to your guitar compositions too, right? A total of 65 patterns varying in length were recorded and looped at 140 BPM. It’s priced at $24.99 and can be previewed at loopartists.com/store/53. If you purchase this set and use them in a track, I’d love to hear the results. By the way, you can read my 2010 interview with Marty here.

Guitar Universe 2012 Tour

STEPHAN FORTE  – GUITAR UNIVERSE TOUR 2012 – LIVE IN CONCERT
Marty Friedman + Yossi Sassi + Stephan Forte
Presented by LAG, PRS & ENGL
09 OCT 2012 – FR – COLMAR – LE GRILLEN
10 OCT 2012 – NL – ZOETERMEER – BOERDERIJ
12 OCT 2012 – UK – LONDON – UNDERWORLD
13 OCT 2012 – IRL – DUBLIN – THE VILLAGE
15 OCT 2012 – FR – PARIS – DIVAN DU MONDE
16 OCT 2012 – FR – NANTES – LE FERRAILLEUR
17 OCT 2012 – SP – BILBAO – KAFE ANTZOKIA
19 OCT 2012 – PT – BENAVENTE/LISBOA – SIDE B CLUB
20 OCT 2012 – SP – MADRID – RAMDALL
21 OCT 2012 – SP – BARCELONA – SALAMANDRA
22 OCT 2012 – FR – TOULOUSE – CONNEXION LIVE
23 OCT 2012 – FR – MONTPELLIER – SECRET PLACE
24 OCT 2012 – FR – TOULON – LE VOX
25 OCT 2012 – IT – PRATO – KELLER PLATZ
26 OCT 2012 – IT – RETORBIDO/MILAN – CARLITO’S WAY

NEWS: Marty Friedman to auction Megadeth guitars for Japan

Man, Marty Friedman’s a stand-up guy. He’s going to donate all – that’s right – all of his old Megadeth guitars to be auctioned off for the Japanese earthquake relief effort. He’s heading right now to LA to sort everything out so the guitars can be sold and raise money as quickly as possible. Here’s a statement he just released:

“Thank you all for your support and prayers. I am 100% fine, 100% healthy and in better shape than ever. However, there are many, many people here in Japan that are facing an unbelievable tragedy.

“It’s time to go to the next step. I will be auctioning ALL of my guitars from the MEGADETH era and will donate 100% of the proceeds to the earthquake relief.

“I am going to L.A. right NOW to the climate controlled lockup where all the guitars have been in their cases since January 2000. All guitars I used on all the MEGADETH recordings, tours, videos, everything WILL be auctioned off.

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INTERVIEW: Marty Friedman

The legendary Marty Friedman is on his way to Australia soon for a clinic tour forAllans Music. Marty is probably best known for his tenure in Megadeth’s classic ‘Rust In Peace’ line-up, where his amazing mastery of exotic melodies and seemingly limitless technical ability balanced out the ‘street-style’ power of Dave Mustaine’s rhythm and lead work. But Marty’s playing has always been about much more than metal, and on such diverse albums as Scenes and Music For Speeding he combines a wide array of influences including classical, new age, and Japanese pop. Now a resident of Japan, Marty took time out from his busy schedule to have a chat with I Heart Guitar.

Is there anything about Western culture that you miss? Or do you get enough of it on tour?

I miss stuff like crazy sweet multi colored cereal and pop tarts, that`s about it. I hope I can get a hold of it in Australia…

What was it like for you moving to Japan? I hear you went there without a guitar which I imagine was a little bit stressful.

I can be without a guitar for a long period of time with no problem, but those long periods don`t come around so much as I`m always doing music in some form or another. Moving to Japan was tough at first because all of my friends were in the International side of the Japanese music business, but I wanted to get into the Domestic music business, which is a completely different and much bigger world. It wasn`t long until I invaded that world though, and I was really glad that I was able to do so.

I saw a few videos of the Rock Fujiyama-show on youtube and it instantly became a new favourite show of mine, any chance of the entire series being released on DVD, maybe outside of Japan too?

I get that question ALL THE TIME! There was an entire team from the network just devoted to getting the television clearances for the music on that show. A DVD for release would be a daunting task, especially given how we butchered famous songs…The show lasted 3 more seasons than originally contracted, and we all loved doing it.

One of my favourite instrumental songs right now is your cover of the song Sekai No Hitotsu Dake No Hana which I think is a really cool song. Any chance of you doing more instrumental covers of Japanese boyband-songs on future records?

Glad you like it! On Tokyo Jukebox I covered lots of Japanese songs, not all by boy-bands though!

What about this new Fanta band? Was that just a very awesome ad-campaign or are you guys going to record something?

That is the mystery. It is a brilliant campaign that will go on strong for the rest of this year, who knows if we will ever write a song… That`s what is cool about it, no one can imagine the sound.

A while back, you had a signature Ibanez guitar based off the SZ-shape. More recently you’ve been photographed playing Les Pauls. Are you still with Ibanez? And what is it about Les Pauls that does it for you?

I will play anything that sounds great and stays in tune. Believe it or not, very few guitars can do that to my scrutiny. I think Les Pauls are great looking and sounding guitars. Lately I have been playing mostly PRS and Gibson, but I play Ibanez and some others too.

What are your thoughts on the Axe-Fx? Where do you see guitar amplification go in the future, do you think that the future is going to be all digital as far as amplification goes?

I never thought about the future of guitar amplification… I like the Axe-FX because it is the easiest way to get unique and quite usable sounds. Believe me, it is SO useful, especially for situations where there is very little setup time, which is often the case doing TV and radio, as opposed to concerts and studios where you have long soundchecks etc.

One thing I’ve always loved about your playing is your clean tone, especially on ‘Scenes.’ What inspires your clean tone?

Thank you so much! If I play a melody with clean sound, I want it to have the same authority as with a dirty sound. It is a matter of interpreting a melody with that in mind, even be it subliminally. It`s hard to put into words, but it`s more about focusing on listening to what you are playing rather than the actual playing itself, which is what most people focus on, I believe.

You left some huge shoes to fill when you left Megadeth. Have you ever had a 2am phone call from Chris Broderick or Glen Drover saying ‘How the hell did you do that lick?’

Haha!! Not yet, I`m sure they will have no problem.

What are your thoughts on Megadeth’s 20th anniversary Rust In Peace anniversary?

Bravo!

 

 

NEWS: Marty Friedman to tour Australia, Asia with A-Mei!

Kudos to Truth In Shredding for being first with this awesome news. Marty Friedman is about to announce Australian and Asian tour dates for very very soon!

Marty has teamed up with Taiwanese superstar A-Mei for a tour of Asia and Australia starting late November. The ever evolving pop diva will launch a bold new image by collaborating with Marty to show her yet unseen aggressive side. The tour is an elaborate stage production and fans of Marty outside of Japan will now be able to enjoy Marty`s playing in a new and amazing context. Exact tour dates and more details soon to follow.

Marty`s “Tokyo Jukebox” solo tour is currently in the planning stages and is set to follow the A-Mei tour. Stay tuned!!

Awesome! I’ve never seen Marty live before. I’ll post the dates as soon as they’re released.