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Marty recently took the stage with Andrew W.K. at his Tokyo concert where they blasted into an extended version of “Party Hard” together to a packed Shibuya audience. Andrew was a guest on Rock Fujiyama in July.
Marty is currently in the studio playing guitar and producing an album featuring the cast of "Rock Fujiyama". There will be tons of surprises, including a new song that will become the new ending theme of the popular TV Tokyo program.
Friday night 11/17 featured Marty on two major networks in Japan, NHK and TV Asahi. Marty is the featured guest on the NHK show, “Eigo De Shabera Night”. Those of you with worldwide access to NHK will want to check out this unique show. Previous guests on this popular show have been Eric Clapton, Puffy, Billy Joel and Olympic skater Fumie Suguri.
TV Asahi`s “Tamori Club” featured Marty on it`s 1168th (!) show .
The directors of “Metal-A Headbanger`s Journey” were in Tokyo taking a look behind the scenes on the set of Rock Fujiyama. They filmed Marty in action there as well as in the studio for their upcoming movie, “Global Metal”.
In other metal news, Slayer`s Kerry King joined Marty on Rock Fujiyama where they did all the usual Fujiyama games as well as treated the cameras to impromptu jams of rare metal gems from Judas Priest, Venom, Pantera and more. Kerry and Marty have toured together (on Clash of the Titans in America and Europe) but this is the first time the two have played guitar together.
According to Avex, in Japan cellphone downloads for songs from Marty`s "LOUDSPEAKER" album have topped 140,000 and show no signs of slowing down.
The leadoff track from “LOUDSPEAKER”, “Elixir” is the new ending theme for the current season of “Rock Fujiyama”. Other songs from the all instrumental album are receiving heavy TV airplay on several other shows, mainly sports related.
A U.S. release for “LOUDSPEAKER” is in the works. Check back here for more info. The European edition came out on 9/15 on Mascot Records and the Korean edition came out in October. Marty was recently in Korea promoting the release with radio and magazine interviews as well as a live event and autograph session. See pix in the Japanese section.
Marty`s monthly feature in mainstream magazine, Nikkei Entertainment began last month to rave reviews! The second installment is out now.
Marty`s performance with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra aired on 8/26 on NHK and the reaction has been fantastic. Rebroadcast details in the Japanese section.
In TV news, thanks to consistently high ratings, Marty`s weekly Rock Fujiyama program has been extended 2 more seasons, thru March 2007.
Marty`s special feature in the Japanese edition of Playboy is on newsstands now!
The special first edition of “LOUDSPEAKER” contained one bonus track, a vocal version of “Static Rain”, ending theme of “Rock Fujiyama”. This edition was limited to the first 10,000 copies, which sold out on the first day of release. After those went, the standard version of “LOUDSPEAKER” which has an instrumental version of “Static Rain” was put on sale.
In TV news, Marty filmed 30 weeks worth of his segment for M-On-TV with top model (and now singer) Shoko Nakagawa last week. Broadcast details in the Japanese side of this site.
Nippon Television`s “Uta Sta!” which is Japan`s answer to American Idol, features Marty on the judges panel.
Marty is currently on the cover of Young Guitar in Japan as well as Sound Designer. GO HERE:
for a look.
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