Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist Performs In Israel; Video Footage, Photos Available

A video clip of former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman performing the Israeli national anthem "Ha- Tikva" (The Hope) last night (Saturday, 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 last night's concert have been posted online at the web site of Metalist magazine (Note: the Friedman photos begin on page 4).

The former MEGADETH and CACOPHONY guitar whiz is currently promoting his latest solo album, "Loudspeaker", with the help of 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).

The remaining "Loudspeaker" tour dates are as follows:

Apr. 08 - Rock Cafe, Prague, Czech Republic
Apr. 10 - Stazione Birra, Rome, Italy

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."

(Thanks: Rotem Avituv)

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