Marty Friedman, former Megadeth guitarist, has issued an update on his forthcoming studio album through Prosthetic Records, due in early-2017. He also shares news of a forthcoming documentary, and a Kickstarter campaign so fans can be involved.
Friedman shares, “So I’m DONE with all my guitars on the new album! Jens Bogren (who mixed Inferno) is in Sweden right now mixing it, and so far five songs are done. Jens is knocking them out of the park. He is super fast and knows my sound, as you can hear on Inferno. This time it’s even more ambitious than that album was, a bit more dense, and with any luck more exciting for those of you who will hear it. There will be 11 or 12 songs in total. Sometimes a song you really love doesn’t make it to the album because it doesn’t fit nicely in the sequencing. Either way, we’re pushing 60 minutes so it won’t be a short album.”
In July of 1999, Marty Friedman was onstage headlining Woodstock ’99 in front of a sea of fans as the lead guitarist for Megadeth. Since joining the band in 1990, Friedman played a crucial role in their rise to stardom with his unorthodox style of virtuoso guitar playing, selling millions of records worldwide, and being nominated for multiple Grammy awards. Just 6 months after Woodstock, in an unexpected move that shocked his friends, family, and especially his bandmates, despite platinum albums and sold out tours, for reasons unknown, he suddenly quit the band and walked away from it all. Unbeknownst to his US fans, Friedman moved to Tokyo to pursue his love of Japanese pop music, and in the process, reinvented himself as a wildly successful Japanese TV celebrity! Friedman has appeared on 700+ television programs, commercials and motion pictures since then, and become was dubbed the “Ryan Seacrest of Japan” by Billboard Magazine in the USA.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a new documentary, entitled Hebi Metal San, about Friedman‘s career. It tells the surreal story of Marty Friedman, a nice Jewish boy from the suburbs of Baltimore who walked away from the ultimate rock and roll dream to search for something more fulfilling in a culture that was not his own. His renegade story is an inspiring example of the vast human potential to reach for our and achieve even our most unconventional dreams.
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