KNAC.COM News Reviews and More Watch The Latest Videos Buy KNAC T-shirts and More

Guitar Drama: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN

By George Dionne, Podcaster
Monday, June 10, 2024 @ 8:25 AM

"I couldn't write a lyric to save my life...[Dave Mustaine] said maybe you should stick to playing the guitar."

- advertisement -
Photo Credit: Takaaki Henmi

MARTY FRIEDMAN began making a name for himself in the Heavy Metal world as part of the twin guitar shredding duo CACOPHONY. With fellow virtuoso Jason Becker by his side, they released two studio albums, Speed Metal Symphony (1987) and Go Off! (1988). Friedman released his first solo album Dragon's Kiss in 1988. It was that album that caught the ear of MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine when he was in need of a new axeman.

In 1990, Friedman joined Thrash Metal legends MEGADETH, appearing for the first time on what is considered their most revered album Rust In Peace. From there, Marty would go on to appear on four more MEGADETH studio albums before departing the band in 1999 to focus on his solo career. Friedman was still releasing solo material while a member of MEGADETH. 1992's Scenes is considered a landmark album for the guitarist. Friedman released Introduction in 1994 and True Obsession in 1996.

In 2003, MARTY FRIEDMAN relocated to Japan where his solo career really took off. Since then he has released 14 albums, appeared on over 900 Japanese TV shows, motion pictures, and commercials, was recently appointed an Ambassador of Japan Heritage by the Japanese Government, and has played numerous sporting, government, and ceremonial events within the country.

In 2023, MARTY FRIEDMAN returned to the United States for a tour with QUEENSRYCHE & TYRANT and a mini-tour in 2024 with JOHN 5. On May 17, 2024 Friedman released his fifteenth solo album Drama through Frontiers Music.

I had the chance to catch up with MARTY FRIEDMAN to discuss the new album, as well as, the importance of melody, the time taken to craft the album, trying to pick the right first single, working with Chris Brooks (LIKE A STORM), casting the right players for the album, returning to the US in 2023, tour plans in support of the new album, signing with Frontiers Music, living in Japan for 20 years, instrumental music being part of the culture, how living there influenced his playing, his upcoming autobiography Dreaming Japanese, what he plans to reveal in it, and much, much more.


Related content:

Back to Top



 Recent Features
Return To 1984: An Exclusive Interview With BLACKIE LAWLESS Of W.A.S.P.
Victorious: An Exclusive Interview With TOBIAS GUSTAVSSON Of NESTOR
Theories of Emptiness: An Exclusive Interview With JONAS EKDAHL Of EVERGREY
It's Come To This: An Exclusive Interview With BILLY MORRISON
Rise: An Exclusive Interview With HOLY MOTHER
Defiance: An Exclusive Interview With TINO TROY Of PRYAING MANTIS
Wheel Of Illusion: An Interview With ROGER NILSSON Of THE QUILL
Guitar Drama: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN
Always Believe: An Exclusive Interview With GIANCARLO FLORIDIA
From Hell I Rise: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist KERRY KING
Light 'Em Up!: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist DOUG ALDRICH Of THE DEAD DAISIES
Tattoo Me On You: An Interview With LEE AARON
A Symptom Of Being Human: An Exclusive Interview With BARRY KERCH Of SHINEDOWN
Beyond Shadowland: An Exclusive Interview With ROBERT BERRY Of SIX BY SIX
Fear No Evil: An Interview With REX CARROLL Of WHITECROSS
Cold Sweat: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist MARC FERRARI
Atomic Klok: An Exclusive Interview With Drummer GENE HOGLAN
No Crown In This Dead Town: An Exclusive Interview With HANNAH CUTT
Rome Wasn't Built In A Day: An Exclusive Interview With DEREK DAVIS Of BABYLON A.D.
Let There Be Anarchy: An Interview With JEFF SCOTT SOTO Of ART OF ANARCHY


©2024 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News