| Marty`s performance with Momoiro Clover debuts at #5 on the Japanese singles chart!
After Marty`s live performance of the song,"Mugen No Ai" at the Saitama Super Arena on Christmas, Momoiro Clover`s brand new single became one of the most anticipated releases of 2012.
Marty`s studio collaboration with Momoiro Clover on "Mugen No Ai" was released on 3/7 and made its debut on the singles chart in Japan at #5 with no signs of slowing down.
The video for the song can be seen here:
Marty is currently featured in Gentleman`s Quarterly Japan (GQ Magazine April issue) with a full page article and new color photo.
In Live news, Marty and his solo band will be playing live in Okinawa at the MUSIX festival on 3/18. This is their first full concert since their 2011 European tour.
Marty will appear on Smap X Smap (Fuji Television 10PM) with Kimura Takuya in a new skit about a new death metal band called "Black Pirates" The show is one of the longest running top rated shows in the history of Japanese TV. The story is tongue in cheek, but the music is all real so metal fans will enjoy!
2/19 Also on Fuji Television Marty will do an interview and live performance on Doumoto Kyoudai (Fuji Television 11:15PM) Marty made his first performance on the hit show in 1999 and has appeared on it several times since.
If you missed Marty`s appearance on TV Asahi`s Tamori Club, the episode is being rebroadcast several times this month, so if you have access to Japanese TV, be sure to check it out.
Marty made a surprise guest appearance at the Saitama Super Arena on stage lon 12/25 with Japanese phenomenon Momoiro Clover. They played two songs and a guitar solo corner with an excerpt from Marty`s "Valley of Eternity".
Marty recently recorded Momoiro Clover`s upcoming single, "Mugen no Ai", with producer Maeyamada Kenichi at the helm. Maeyamada is being hailed in Japan as the hottest new producer in recent times, racking up several hits with his twisted and instantly recognizable style.
Adds Marty about the collaboration, (translated from ENTAME magazine) "...this song is like the "Bohemian Rhapsody" of idol/girl group music. It has all the elements you would never expect in the genre-aside from the 5 girl singers, there is a 100 person choir, odd-time signatures, high speed tempo changes, unusual key modulations, and my guitar over the top of all of it. Actually, if you could imagine a 2 hour long Japan-themed Broadway show fast forwarded and squeezed into 5 and a half minutes, that might describe the song. No question this is my favorite collaboration since I moved to Japan. It`s also the kind of thing you either loathe with a passion, or you love it so much you can`t get enough of it."
The single will be released in early 2012, and even though it will be a Japan only release, for fans of Marty`s playing all around the world it will be well worth looking into. More release info to come.
In TV news, in Japan Marty can be seen on 12/26 at 9PM on Fuji TV
In radio news, 1/2 on NHK Radio 1, Marty will be on from 7:20-9:30 PM
In addition to his monthly features in Nikkei Entertainment, the next issues of AnAn and Switch will have new features on Marty as well.
Live info and much more to come, stay tuned!
On Sunday January 24,2012 at 4PM Marty will make an in-depth presentation at MIDEM in Cannes, France, focusing on all things J-pop, the musical side as well as the business side, and in particular his unique place in the current Japanese music scene. He will also take Q and A.
For more info go here:
Marty will do a nationwide live radio broadcast in Japan on 12/23 at 6PM on NHK Radio.
New music in the works, much more TV and radio to come this winter, for more up to date info and the latest photos, check Marty`s new official Facebook page for the link.www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official
Marty`s latest song is the the main theme to the brand new upcoming Kamen Rider movie in Japan. Marty wrote, produced and played guitar on the tune, "Samurai Strong Style" . The tune was sung by Ayanocozey, who also performs with Marty in the FANTA band as well as is the leader of legendary J-rock band Kishidan.
The movie will premiere nationwide on 12/10 and the CD release date for "Samurai Strong Style" is 12/21 by Avex Entertainment.
The CD single will also feature an instrumental version of the song, much in the style of Marty`s Tokyo Jukebox series, also released by Avex Entertainment.
Oricon (Japan`s Billboard) published an announcement with photos of the collaboration. Check Marty`s new official Facebook page for the link. www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official
In other news, Marty has completed production for the first two bands to make their debuts on his own Gokukara Records. These bands were put together after a year long audition process. Band names and release information as well as a sneak preview to come soon.
To commemorate the release of Tokyo Jukebox 2, Marty and Nico Nico Douga will present "TOKYO JUKEBOX in Nicofarre" on 9/17 in Tokyo.
Marty will perform live in a unique 360 degree digital "in the round" format, and the show will be broadcast live via Nico Nico Douga, Japan`s interactive version of YouTube. Limited tickets to see the event live go on sale today, 9/2 at 10AM Japan time.
For ticket info, net broadcast info and more go here:
Also to mark the release of "Tokyo Jukebox 2" Marty will start its nationwide live radio rounds as a guest on on J-Wave`s Groove Line on its release day, 9/14 at 6PM as well as with Masa Ito on FM802 on 9/16 at midnight.
The recording of Marty`s upcoming album, "Tokyo Jukebox 2" is now complete and will be released on 9/14 by Avex in Japan.
The album picks up where 2009`s "Tokyo Jukebox" left off with even more adventurous arrangements of his favorite Japanese songs. Recorded at The Village Recorder in L.A., the album features Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall) on drums. "Tokyo Jukebox 2" stretches the boundaries of guitar interpretation beyond anything Marty has released to date.
Expect an exclusive www.martyfriedman.com interview with Marty and full tracklisting here soon.
In other news, summer is a busy season for the FANTA band as they have released their firs
t single, "Fantastic Love", put out a barrage of new commercials and have filmed their first major TV appearance as a band (Doumoto Kyoudai-August 21 on Fuji Television)
much more related info and fun stuff here: http://c.cocacola.co.jp/fanta/fun/
Currently Marty has begun TV and print media promotion for "Tokyo Jukebox 2" in Japan and is also writing and recording the score for a brand new NHK radio drama.
For more up to the minute details on all things Marty, go to www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official andwww.martyfan.com
Marty is to perform with Tibetan songstress Alan (Marty covered her "Asu e no sanka" on his Tokyo Jukebox album) at MTV`s charity event for Tohoku on June 25. He will also play one of his own songs with a very special "secret" guest Japanese guitarist at this unique event which features Tsuchiya Anna, AI, May J. Tokio Hotel, ICONIQ and several others. Many domestic and international stars such as James Blunt and Lady Gaga are selling their personal goods for the charity at the fleamarket. More info here:http://www.fleamarket.jp/artists.html
Marty and his band have returned to Tokyo after their European tour, there will be more touring in the near future so stay tuned here and at the only official Marty Friedman facebook page,www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official
MARTY FRIEDMAN LIVE IN EUROPE 2011 TOUR DATES:
05-05 Bibelot, Dordrecht (NL)
06-05 Underworld, London (UK)
07-05 Spirit ’66, Verviers (BE)
08-05 Le Forum Vaureal (FR)
10-05 Rock Star Live, Bilbao (SP)
11-05 Sala Heineken, Madrid (SP)
12-05 Salamandra, Barcelona (SP)
14-05 Jailbreak, Rome (IT)
15-05 Bloom, Mezzago (IT)
17-05 Exit Chmelnice, Prague (CZ)
18-05 Randall, Bratislava (SK)
19-05 A38, Budapest (HUN)
20-05 SKC, Belgrade (SER)
21-05 RBF Club, Sofia (BUL)
22-05 Romeo & Juliet, Istanbul (TUR)
23-05 312 Arena, Ankara (TUR)
24-05 Noxx, Izmir (TUR)
26-05 Eightball Club, Thessaloniki (GR)
27-05 AN Club, Athens (GR)
28-05 Tochka, Moscow (RUS)
29-05 Jagger Club, St. Petersburg (RUS)
31-05 Reading 3, Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Remaining seating is limited, please check with your local outlet.
In other news, here is a look at Marty`s latest TV commercial for SMBC.
Steve Lukather Joins Marty on Guitar song for Japan
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==UPDATE ON AUCTION RESULTS SOON TO COME=
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. Its`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.
All guitars I used on all the Megadeth recordings, tours, videos, everything WILL be auctioned off.
Pictures, descriptions and the link to the auction will be up momentarily, here and at my new facebook page, www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official THE AUCTION WILL START AT 6:30 PM SUNDAY MARCH 20 PACIFIC STANDARD TIME. I have NEVER sold ANY of my guitars before, this is the only way these guitars will leave my possession. I urge you to please spread the word and most of all BID HIGH. You will be putting a huge deposit in the `karma bank` as and have some pretty cool guitars to show for it. DO IT!