Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) Performs At Opening Ceremony For 2022 Tokyo Marathon

Earlier today (March 6), Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) performed at the opening ceremony for this year’s Tokyo Marathon. The guitarist said the following about that:

“Just played the Opening Ceremony at the Tokyo Marathon! This is my 4th year doing it, but today I played 3 times as the runners spread out their starting times into 3 groups. After many postponements, to see the marathon back up and running (pun intended) was a wonderful and positive sight to see!”

Marty Friedman Says His Upcoming Documentary Will Probably Be Released In Summer 2022

During a recent interview with FOX17 Rock & Review, Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) offered an update on his upcoming documentary “Spacefox.” According to him, the film will probably be released in summer 2022.

Friedman said the following about the documentary:

“It’s being going on since 2016. They’ve been filming, on and off… Mostly around 2019, they got the bulk of it together. When I did my first real tour of America in 2016 after being in Japan for, like, 10 years, that’s what they covered at the beginning, and then they came to Japan and did the main segment. And all they had left to shoot was the very ending, and then the [pandemic] hit.

I’ve been playing the Tokyo Marathon opening ceremony for the last four years, and I was slated to play in 2020, and the film crew was gonna come to Japan and film that, and that was gonna be the big ending. And then possibly in the Olympics, I was not confirmed but there were some things that I could have done in the Olympics and the crew was all planned to come out for any of that stuff to make a final ending to the movie. And that kind of put the kibosh on that. So the next time we get a chance to film together, they’re gonna put the ending on it and we’ll be good to go. But the meat and potatoes of it is done, and I really like it.”

He also added the following about release plans:

“I would say summer of 2022, because I’m probably gonna do some international touring before then, and that would make a nice backdrop for the ending of it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) Streams New Single “Kaze Ga Fuiteiru”

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) is streaming “Kaze Ga Fuiteiru” off his latest album “Tokyo Jukebox 3.” That effort was released in Japan last year and will now receive a worldwide release on April 16. Friedman commented:

“While keeping intact the essence of Ikimono Gakari’s ‘Kaze Ga Fuiteiru’ melody that I loved, I tried to destroy it, reconstruct it and create five minutes of new music that might bring a tear or a chill, and decidedly lifts your spirits. Whether I accomplished that or not is entirely up to you, but when I just finished the recording of ‘Kaze Ga Fuiteru’, someone whose opinion I respect very much called it ‘grand and elegant,’ so I’ll go with that.”

Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) Premieres “Makenaide” Video, Announces Worldwide Release For “Tokyo Jukebox 3”

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) has shared an official video for “Makenaide” off his latest album “Tokyo Jukebox 3.” That effort was released in Japan last year and will now receive a worldwide release on April 16.

Friedman said the following about the new video:

“I feel so incredibly fortunate and grateful for the love and support of wonderful people from so many countries and cultures around the world. With this video, I tried my best to share that unique feeling with you, and what better way than to have those cool folks jam for us. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time and energy to learn this song and make this video so fun to look at.”

He also added the following about the album:

“I’ve been playing stuff from the first two ‘Jukebox’ albums live all over the world, and it’s taken on a life of its own. Especially in places like North and South America, Australia, Italy, France and even India. My fan base is very dedicated, and what I have found is that lots of new fans have been introduced to Japanese music and culture through me, which is very gratifying. On the tours it seems like aside from the dedicated guitar fans, the Japan fanatics have been noticeably growing, so now felt like the right time to do ‘Tokyo Jukebox 3’.

“In Japan, you have to get permission to record and release cover versions, and that can be a very tricky and long process. So, the last thing I wanted to do was to ask permission to do a song, only to wind up not recording it for whatever reason. That would be very impolite. I spent several weeks choosing songs and demoing them to see whether I could create versions that I could get pumped up about, before I even approached any publishers. I came up with a short list of 20 songs, and from this chose about 15 that I knew I could really score with.”

He then went on to discuss the recording process, which took place at Power House Studios in Tokyo with bassist Kiyoshi and drummer Anup Sastry:

“Kiyoshi has been in my band for about six years now doing all my tours and recordings. She is a powerhouse, and I honestly have never seen anyone hit the bass as hard as she does, especially while keeping up with my kind of challenging music. Anup was a member of Skyharbor (an Indian/American progressive metal band) and has been on my last three albums. He is just plain phenomenal as well.”

“I kept reworking the music, and improving everything. In the end, it took several months to get the album completed, but it was time well spent. I believe the music turned out so much better because I wasn’t under any deadline pressure.”

Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) Announces Livestream Show

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) will be playing a livestream concert on New Year’s Day (January 1) in Tokyo, Japan at 9:00 p.m. local time. Tickets can be found HERE. The following was said about the show:

“Marty Friedman and his notorious Japanese band will roar through his most fiery material, from his concert staples to the explosive tunes from his upcoming Tokyo Jukebox 3 album. The live concert will take place in a daring new multi-dimensional visual atmosphere designed specifically for this one show, by legendary motion graphics creator, Nobuyuki Hanabusa. Start 2021 off on New Year’s Day with this inspiring live performance, which is sure to overflow with aggressive energy and exceedingly positive vibes!”

Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) Premieres Video For New Version Of “The Perfect World” Featuring Alfakyun

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) has premiered a new video for a new version of “The Perfect World” featuring Japanese pop singer Alfakyun. This version of the track is from Friedman’s new solo album “Tokyo Jukebox 3,” which was released in Japan today (October 21).

More Details Revealed For Marty Friedman’s New Album “Tokyo Jukebox 3”

As previously reported, Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) will be releasing a new album, titled “Tokyo Jukebox 3,” in Japan on October 21. Now, Billboard have confirmed some of the J-pop covers that will appear on the 12-track record. The site said the following:

“The new set includes contemporary numbers such as LiSA’s powerful long-running hit ‘Gurenge’ and Official HIGE DANdism’s ‘Shukumei,’ along with DA PUMP’s recent comeback dance track ‘U.S.A.,’ End of the World’s poignant ballad ‘Sazanka,’ and the pioneering vocaloid hit ‘Senbonzakura feat. Hatsune Miku.’ Some throwback J-pop hits from the ‘90s are included in the playlist as well, such as the late ZARD’s ‘Makenaide’ and Every Little Thing’s ‘Time goes by.'”

Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) Reveals Cover Art For New Album “Tokyo Jukebox 3”

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) has revealed the cover art for his new album “Tokyo Jukebox 3.” That effort will be released in Japan on October 21.

Friedman commented:

“Alright my friends—today the release of TOKYO JUKEBOX 3 was announced in Japan!

This is the album cover-

Just like everyone, I’ve had a real tough time dealing with 2020. We all suffered from a massive lack of fun this year, so I made it my mission to make feel-good, seratonin level raising music of the highest order, stuff that will hopefully kick you all in the feels, and hard. Making the album during a pandemic had its hellish challenges, but everyone is facing hardships now, so I was just thankful to have such cathartic work to do.

Guitar fans will notice, and hopefully enjoy, some pretty cool updates to my guitar sounds. I’ve discovered that when you take off all spatial effects like reverbs and delays, your solo expressions can often live and breathe more, and have an urgency and unique attack to them, that I’m really digging.

Enough about the album for now…

The Japanese release date is 10/21. The release info for the rest of the world will come soon, as well as bonus track info, events and more.”

Marty Friedman Offers Update On New Album

During a recent interview with Bob Nalbandian of the “Shockwaves/HardRadio” podcast, Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) offered an update on his new album. The guitarist said the effort is “really close to being done,” but he is unsure when it will be released due to the pandemic.

Friedman said the following:

“I’m still working on the record. I haven’t really got anything to report as for when and where it’s gonna get released, because, obviously, COVID changed a lot of release dates and event things.

I haven’t really talked about the record anywhere yet, because I wanna wait till I can tell people when it’s coming out and stuff. But I’m still working on it. It’s really close to being done, but since we got so many exensions because of the COVID thing, I’ve been able to go in and re-tool it and just have the luxury of doing remixes and replaying stuff. It’s really kind of the ultimate way to make a record.”

He also added:

“Any record that I do, as you know, as everybody who listens to my stuff knows, it’s gonna be — at least in my opinion — one step further, deeper, more, above, whatever it is; just a new step farther ahead, advanced — just something I’ve never done before. And I’ve had the luxury of much more time and much more of other people’s time as well.

Usually, it’s really hard to track down and nail down members and studio people. You really wanna have your ‘A team,’ but sometimes the ‘A team’ is very busy. But now it’s been a lot easier to get people on board who are usually really, really busy, so scheduling has been just a breeze. And [I] love that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) Cover “Gurenge” From “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba”

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) recently performed a cover of “Gurenge” from the anime series “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba.” That track was created by LiSA and footage of Friedman’s rendition can be seen below:

[via Blabbermouth]