Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and his band will film a live DVD at the final show of their current in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, May 12. Friedman will once again be accompanied by fellow guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK, BLOTTED SCIENCE), bassist Chris Catero (RAZER, ex-WARDOG), and drummer Jeremy Colson (STEVE VAI, ex-MSG, DALI'S DILEMMA) for one last show at the Ebisu Liquid Room in Tokyo. An absolutely barnstorming live album was recorded in Europe earlier this month and the live DVD will feature a different set list and tons of surprises. Both the live CD and the live DVD will be released later this year.
As previously reported, a video clip of Marty Friedman performing the Israeli national anthem "Ha- Tikva" (The Hope) on April 7 at the Theater Club in Tel Aviv, Israel has been posted online at Ynet.co.il (Note: The clip also includes a short interview with Marty). Friedman kicked off his sold-out solo concert at the venue with the national anthem before playing his own material. A number of pictures from the Tel Aviv concert have been posted online at the web site of Metalist magazine (Note: the Friedman photos begin on page 4).
Friedman's new solo album, entitled "Loudspeaker", received its North American release last month via Shrapnel Records.
According to a press release, "Loudspeaker" is an album that will change all preconceptions about instrumental albums. It is an emotionally fueled work of genius, mixed with brilliant guitar solo mastery that has become Marty Friedman's signature.
"Loudspeaker" features guest appearances by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Mick Karn and Billy Sheehan. "For me it was a big experiment," Friedman explains. "I knew they were amazing, butI wanted to get these guys to play the most aggressive way they could because as a fan I really wanted to hear them like I never heard them before — in a full metal context."