Ancient MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman played their fifth US show in four years last Thursday night (March 9) at Vibes Live In The Rock Box in San Antonio, Texas, opening for QUEENSRŸCHE. Fan-filmed video of the concert can be seen below.
Martin is confirmed to perform on 26 additional dates with QUEENSRŸCHE, until April 16, where the tour ends in St. Petersburg, Florida. Along the way, the trek will make stops in Dallas, Texas (March 11); Anaheim, California (March 19); Chicago, Illinois (March 31), New York (April 10) and Nashville, Tennessee (April 14), to name a few. Also, Martin recently announced two big titles of its own: March 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Count’s Vamp’d and March 18 in Los Angeles, California at Whiskey A Go Go.
Martinthe last album of, “Tokyo Jukebox 3”was released in April 2021 via The Players Club/Mascot Label Group. The disc, which was made available in Japan in October 2020, is the third in a series that began with “Tokyo Jukebox” in 2009, then “Tokyo Jukebox 2” will follow in 2011. The trilogy presents Friedmanperformances inspired by the Japanese repertoire he chose to cover.
MartinThe presence of in the world of music, the world of guitar and Japanese pop culture is mystifying, bizarre and simply inspiring. His first major impact in music was in the game-changing guitar duet CACOPHONYwhich he founded with an equally enigmatic and now legendary guitarist Jason Becker. He then spent 10 years as lead guitarist in the thrash metal band that defined the genre. MEGADETH before moving to Tokyo due to her love for Japanese music, language and culture.
After moving, he landed a lead role in a new TV comedy “Hebimeta-san” (“Mr. Heavy Metal”) and its spin-offs, “Rock Fujiyama”, which ran for six seasons and propelled it into Japanese mainstream living rooms. Since then, he has appeared in over 800 TV shows, films and commercials, including a two-year campaign with Coca Cola For fantasiesauthor of two best-selling novels and the first foreigner to be named a Japanese Heritage Ambassador and to perform at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Marathon in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022.
At the same time, Martin continued his music career with several solo albums in addition to writing and performing with top Japanese music artists, accumulating countless chart hits, including a No. 1 with SMAPtwo #2 songs with MOMOIRO CLOVERa number 2 with SOUND HORIZON – Just to name a few.