Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman is currently in the studio writing his own new music, as well as new music with Japanese songwriters Tamada and Takada (who penned the latest AIKAWA NANASE single, "Ai No Uta"). Says Marty, "The three of us have a great vibe and these tunes are exactly what I have been wanting to write for a long time, well constructed, harder edged J-pop/rock with very strong melodies and space to let the guitar sing as well."In other news, Friedman has lined up the following Asian appearances during January/February: Jan. 12 – 5:00 p.m., Bay FM Annual Live Special with Masa Ito
Interview and guitar performance. Marty will play three songs from his latest solo release, "Music For Speeding", as well as be the "Human Jukebox" where he will take live requests from callers. This is the second year in a row Marty has been featured on this special live broadcast. Jan. 17 - Marty Friedman live in Sendai, Japan Bandmembers include bassist Masaki from ANIMETAL and drummer Junji from SIAM SHADE. Sponsored by Roland/Boss. A special meet-and-greet at MI Sendai will take place after the show. Jan. 24 - Tokyo, Japan, guitar seminar at MI Japan Jan. 25 - Tokyo, Japan National All-Japan Guitar Competition at MI Tokyo Marty will judge and give the winner the "Marty Friedman Award" which will include a custom-made guitar, as well as a shot at recording a solo on new music that Marty is working on in the studio. Feb. 14 - Bangkok, Thailand Guitar seminar and Nationwide Guitar Competition.