Marty Friedman

Marty Friedman
Marty Friedman in Tokyo--2009-03.jpg
Background information
Birth nameMartin Adam Friedman
Born (1962-12-08) December 8, 1962 (age 56)
Washington, D.C.[1]
OriginLaurel, Maryland
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, shamisen
Years active1981–present
LabelsAvex Trax/Gokukara, Shrapnel, Prosthetic, Universal, EMI
Associated actsMegadeth, Racer X, Cacophony, Hawaii,
Marty Friedman live in the USA with his Jackson signature guitar in 2016
Marty Friedman live in Los Angeles in 2017
Marty Friedman at Gods of Metal in 2009
Marty Friedman in Tokyo

Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman (born December 8, 1962) is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s. He is also known for playing alongside Jason Becker in Cacophony until 1989, as well as his 13 solo albums and tours. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has appeared on over 700 Japanese television programs such as Rock Fujiyama, Hebimeta-san, Kouhaku uta gassen[2] and Jukebox English.[3] He has released albums with several record labels, including Avex Trax, Universal, EMI, Prosthetic and Shrapnel Records.

Early career (1982–1989)

At the age of 14, after attending a KISS concert, Friedman took up the guitar,and is largely self-taught.[4] He rushed to form a band and started playing original songs, the reason being that originals are easier to play than covers. "Because," he says, "even if you screw up, you just claim that the song is written like that and no one can challenge you."[5] The mother of one of Marty's friends ran an event center with a two-level stage, and Marty and his friends used it as a rehearsal space. Soon word spread about their band, and, since they were in a rural area, people would come from miles around to socialize and listen to music. "Rehearsals" very quickly became live shows. Friedman formed and played lead guitar in several other bands, including Deuce, Hawaii (which had previously been called Vixen), and notably Cacophony. Cacophony featured neoclassical metal elements and synchronized twin guitar harmonies and counterpoints shared with guitarist Jason Becker. He played guitar on the 1987 album It Won't Be Long by Christian rock band Shout.[6] In 1988, he recorded demos for Jet Red that eventually were released as bonus tracks on the 2009 Jet Red release "Flight Plan". In August 1988, he released his first solo album, Dragon's Kiss.

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