Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently spent time at Heartbeat Studios in Tokyo, Japan laying down guitars on a special track to be mixed in 5.1 surround sound by legendary QUEEN producer Mack ("Another One Bites The Dust", "Dragon Attack", etc.) The tune will be available as a bonus track on an upcoming DVD that is in the works. According to Marty, "No one has more experience in layering guitars the way I like them than Mack. And I am honored to have him working on this track. The song is something along the lines of taking 'Cheer Girl Rampage' up to the next level somehow." Also working on the project is engineer/producer Allen Isaacs (SEX MACHINE GUNS, OKAMOTO MAYO). DVD info and release details will be made available soon.
In other news, Marty laid down a solo for pro wrestler Chris Jericho and his upcoming FOZZY record, along with OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde and Mark Tremonti from CREED. Marty says, "Those guys are great players and the producer, Rick Beato is a friend of mine as well as a smoking guitarist — he's the kind of guy you just wanna hate because he is so damn good! Anyway, the tune is about the heaviest track I've played in a while."
Also on the Friedman front, Marty's tune "Nastymachine" has been chosen as the theme for an up-and-coming PlayStation 2 game. More information will be made available soon.
Marty is currently on the road in Japan with pop singer Aikawa Nanase on her 2004 "Live Emotion" tour. Marty shares his comments: "This tour is a total blast so far. It is a joke how tight this band is. The setlist has changed drastically from the last tour. We are doing a bunch off the new album, all the hits as well as some obscure tunes too. It's a full on stamina kind of show, about 2 hours and 15 minutes or so. I saw a few American (well, non Japanese anyway!) faces in the crowd at the Nagano show and I can't help but think that they got turned on to the music via [my] site, and if so, then I'm really glad to have introduced them to the music. It's really cool, and fun as hell to play."