[27 September 2012]
On 9/27 a sold out Tokyo Dome was treated to Marty`s live performance "La+Love and Peace" with Kimura Takuya of SMAP.
Marty wrote the song which appeared on SMAP`s latest album, "Gift of SMAP", which debuted at #1 in August.
Marty`s first interaction with SMAP was when he covered the SMAP hit, "Sekai Ni Hitotsu Dake No Hana" in an extreme metal version on his "Loudspeaker" album which created a buzz in Japan and eventually led to Marty`s role in the SMAP vs. SMAP television show in the reoccuring skit, "Black Pirates".
The comedy skits find Marty along with SMAP singer Kimura Takuya playing a Black Metal/Death Metal band that will do anything to make it and always wind up with an live performance at the end of the show. This led to Marty being asked to write a song for SMAP outside of the show.
Marty`s live appearance was a special surprise during SMAP`s 5 night run at the Tokyo Dome. To give those outside Japan an idea of SMAP`s influence in Japan, the 5 sold out Tokyo Dome shows are all "fan club only" shows.
"LOUDSPEAKER", "BAD D.N.A" and "FUTURE ADDICT" out NOW!
more info here:
In other news, Marty has his first songwriting #1 in Japan. The album, "Gift of SMAP" by SMAP features "LA+Love and Peace" which Marty wrote and arranged the music, as well as played the guitars on. "Gift of SMAP" is currently #1 in Japan.
Marty will appear in a special concert at the Tokyo International Forum on 9/1 with Takamiy. The all star band features Anchang from SexMachineGuns, Luke from Seikima-II, and Koji from La Chryma Christi. An Osaka show on 8/19 and Shizuoka on 8/26 are also scheduled.
In TV news, "Chikyu Ichiban" 10/18 at 10PM on NHK will feature an in depth look at Marty`s experiences inside the currently exploding Korean music scene on location from Seoul, Korea.
We are happy to announce that tickets for Marty`s October European tour, "Guitar Universe 2012" are moving quite well. More info here:
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
On the heels of Marty`s "BAD D.N.A."/"Tokyo Jukebox 2" double CD release this summer in Europe, he will do a concert tour this Autumn hitting several European cities.
The confirmed tour dates are here:
A message from Marty:
"Yossi and I became friends on my 2011 solo tour, we came up with the idea of putting together a concert tour with decidedly unique and exotic guitarists, each from a different part of the world with their own ethnic sound and approach to their music. I didn`t know just how cool Middle Eastern flavors could mix with amazing rock guitar playing until I heard Yossi Sassi, I was quite impressed. Stephan Forte will give you an idea what an absolute guitar wizard from France sounds like. The tour will happen in October and everyone is in for a once in a lifetime collection of artists from separate corners of the world, and a truly inspiring treat."
GUITAR UNIVERSE TOUR 2012 – LIVE IN CONCERT
MARTY FRIEDMAN + YOSSI SASSI + STEPHAN FORTE
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
THREE MARTY FRIEDMAN ALBUMS TO RECEIVE OVERDUE NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE IN AUGUST
American thrash guitar hero now a top figure in Japanese music industry
(excerpt from US press release)
Three recent albums by pioneering guitarist Marty Friedman will receive North American releases by Prosthetic Records on August 14. Two of the titles – 2010's Bad D.N.A. and 2008's Future Addict – have until this year only been available in Japan, where Friedman now lives, while 2006's acclaimed Loudspeaker, originally released Stateside by Shrapnel Records, will be made available domestically once again.
In Japan, Friedman became an enigma of sorts: Armed with a fluency in the Japanese language, he left a platinum-selling American band to start from nearly zero to pursue his longtime dream of becoming a unique part of the Japanese domestic music world. That mission was accomplished, for between his solo releases and works with Japanese musicians, Friedman has performed at the largest venues in Asia, including three shows at Budokan, and played on and wrote several Japanese Top 10 hits, including a #1 single in 2011 and a #3 single in 2012.
At the same time, Friedman also became a popular Japanese television personality who not only hosted several programs, but was even featured in national ad campaigns for Fanta and Sumitomo Bank. He estimates he has made well over 400 network TV appearances in Japan, including three televised sold-out solo performances with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
For more info and to pre-order go to:
Marty`s two most recent albums, BAD D.N.A. and Tokyo Jukebox 2 are currently released in Europe as a deluxe 2-disc set.
The set will feature an all new design and booklet as well as a bonus track (not available elsewhere), the "Guitar Karaoke Version" of the song, "Bad D.N.A.", so for the first time you can hear in detail everything that is going on underneath Marty`s lead guitar, and add some yourself if you are so inclined. This is the first "backing track" Marty has released outside of Japan.
The European release will be through Verycords, a French label with distribution by Warner Bros. The release dates are May 7th in France and the UK and May 11th in the rest of Europe.
In Japan TV news, Marty`s regular appearance in Fuji Television`s SMAP X SMAP for 4/23 may be postponed until the next week`s broadcast. Check your local listings if you have access.
Marty`s appearance on TV Asahi`s Tamori Club Annual Sora Mimi Awards will be broadcast in two parts, the first on 5/18 and the second on 5/25.
Marty will make a live appearance on 5/24 at Music Matters in Singapore, an event similar to MIDEM in Cannes, France where Marty`s lecture was one of the biggest attractions of the convention. He is honored to do a similar lecture in Singapore about his involvement in the world of Japanese music.
Much more info to come here and as always you can get the most up to date Marty info at his official Facebook or Twitter.
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!