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]

Marty Friedman Announces U.S. Tour With Immortal Guardian

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) has announced a U.S. tour with Immortal Guardian. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

01/23 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
01/24 Anaheim, CA – The Parish at the House of Blues
01/26 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
01/27 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
01/30 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
01/31 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
02/01 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
02/02 Dallas, TX – Trees
02/04 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street – OKC
02/06 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
02/07 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
02/08 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
02/09 Minneapolis, MN – Studio B at the Skyway Theatre
02/10 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02/12 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
02/13 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
02/14 Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi – Indianapolis
02/15 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
02/16 Cleveland Heights, OH – The Grog Shop
02/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
02/19 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
02/20 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/22 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
02/23 Garwood, NJ – Crossroads NJ
02/24 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) To Sell Guitars, Amps, Etc, On Reverb

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) will be teaming up with Reverb to sell various guitars, amps, and more. The shop will officially open on October 23.

Among the things for sale are Crate amplifier and amplifier half stacks that Friedman used on Megadeth tours and recordings from 1993-1999. The guitarist said the following about those:

“These are the amps responsible for my sounds back then. If you saw me on tour from around 1993 until the end of the decade, these are the actual cabinets and amps that I was playing through. If you’ve heard any of the work that I’ve done on albums from the same time period, it was done on these amps and cabs. They are workhorse amps that I used for hundreds of shows.”

Aside from those, the shop will also feature:

* A Black 1999 Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar and a Black 1999 Gibson SG electric guitar that Friedman purchased in the mid-’90s after recording two MEGADETH albums with producer Dann Huff and playing several of his Gibsons. “I used them on tour quite a bit. I’ve also done a lot of recordings with them in the late ’90s,” Friedman said.

* A Black 1990s Fernandes Strat-style guitar that Friedman had created as a clone of the Fernandes guitar he used to create his second solo studio album, “Scenes”. Of the original Fernandes, Friedman said: “It didn’t sound like any guitar I ever played before. I plugged it in and it was like the heavens parted — it had the most beautiful, glassy, clean, melodic, full-of-pitch, full of beautiful resonance tone that I’d ever heard in an electric guitar.” Of the Fernandes he’s selling, Friedman added: “This clone is the closest anyone will ever get to matching the clean tone of that magical guitar.”

* A 1990s Bradley Firebird-Style Copy electric guitar that has been with Friedman and his family since he was 15 or 16. “I’ve played this guitar more than anything, but I’ve probably never played it in front of anybody but my family,” he said.

* Several traditional Japanese musical instruments, including a shamisen that Friedman used for the solo on “Nastymachine” from his fifth solo studio album, “Music For Speeding”, and a koto. “Japan has always been a big influence on my writing and playing, even before I moved here. It’s been a big force in my music altogether,” said Friedman, who has lived in Japan for the past 15 years.

* A Tech 21 Trademark 60 amplifier that Friedman used on many recordings throughout the 1990s.

Friedman said the following:

“Each piece of gear that I’m selling in my Reverb shop has helped shape my career, whether it was used on stage and in the studio with Megadeth or to create one of my solo albums. Instead of sitting around and collecting dust, the gear should be in the hands of a fan or a musician who will take it and create something great with it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Marty Friedman Streams “Kaeritakunatta Yo” From “One Bad M.F. Live!!”

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth, etc.) is streaming “Kaeritakunatta Yo“ off his new live album, “One Bad M.F. Live!!.“ That effort, which features a show he did in Mexico City, MEX on April 14, 2017, will be released on October 19.

Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) Announces Los Angeles Lecture & New York City Interview/Performance

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) has announced that he will be making an appearance at the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles, CA on October 15 for a free lecture, which he is calling “Ask Marty: An Insider’s View Of Japan Through The Eyes Of An American Rockstar.” Interested fans can submit questions in advance HERE. In other news, the guitarist will also be teaming up with journalist Brad Tolinski for a special “Music & Conversation With Marty Friedman” event at the Cutting Room in New York, NY on October 23. That event is being held as part of the “BackStory Events” online series and it will feature a long-form interview as well as a short performance. It will also be live streamed by Guitar World. As previously reported, Friedman’s new live album “One Bad M.F. Live!!” will be released on October 19 via Prosthetic Records.

Marty Friedman Streams “Dragon Mistress” From “One Bad M.F. Live!!”

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth, etc.) is streaming “Dragon Mistress“ off his new live album, “One Bad M.F. Live!!.“ That effort, which features a show he did in Mexico City, MEX on April 14, 2017, will be released on October 19.

Marty Friedman Streams “Mutation Medley” From “One Bad M.F. Live!!”

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth, etc.) is streaming “Mutation Medley“ off his new live album, “One Bad M.F. Live!!.“ That effort, which features a show he did in Mexico City, MEX on April 14, 2017, will be released on October 19. Friedman said the following about the track:

“This medley sums up the spirit of my live show. Definitely feel-good music. Kiyoshi kills me every night with her bass solo, and my whole band really shines here. I get to play one of my all-time favorite riffs (Rammstein’s ‘Asche zu Asche’), a sweet melody (Slade’s ‘My Oh My’), an emotional, crying solo from my first album (‘Forbidden City’), and then we blast into our own version of the solo section from [Megadeth’s] ‘Tornado of Souls.’ For the rest of the show, I like to stick to music from my solo albums, but I know that a lot of people want to hear that solo, so in this spot so why not just give it to them?”

[via Heavy Consequence]