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MARTY FRIEDMAN On Guitarists Having Their Own Unique Sound: 'When A Player Is Playing, It's Really That Person's Life Coming Out'

During a recent appearance on "The Jasta Show", the podcast hosted by HATEBREED's Jamey Jasta, former MEGADETH axeman Marty Friedman spoke about the importance of guitarists having their own sound and style that can be easily identified. "I think, especially if you create a lot of music, you have to decide every single thing that ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN On MEGADETH's 'Risk': 'Everybody Involved With It Was Doing The Best That They Possibly Could'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has no regrets about the band's "Risk" album, saying that the controversial record was created "with the best of intentions." Issued in 1999, "Risk" received a mixed response from critics and alienated hardcore MEGADETH fans due to its departure from the band's heavy thrash metal roots to a more commercial, ...

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KIKO LOUREIRO: How I Landed Guitarist Gig In MEGADETH

BackStage360 recently conducted an interview with former ANGRA and current MEGADETH guitarist Kiko Loureiro. You can now watch the chat below. Asked how he landed the gig with MEGADETH, Kiko said: "ANGRA, we [had] a gold disc in Brazil, and then we released the album in Europe in 1994. And that was quite successful — ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE On MEGADETH's 'Risk': 'That Was Me Capitulating To MARTY FRIEDMAN's Desires To Be More Of An Alternative Band'

Dave Mustaine says that MEGADETH's "Risk" was the result of him "capitulating" to Marty Friedman's "desires to be more of an alternative band." Issued in 1999, "Risk" received a mixed response from critics and alienated hardcore MEGADETH fans due to its departure from the band's heavy thrash metal roots to a more commercial, pop rock ...

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One Bad M.F. Live!!" - MARTY FRIEDMAN

The self-imposed exile of guitarist Marty Friedman to Japan after his 2001 departure from MEGADETH lasted so long and took on such mythical proportions that it's hard to believe that it has already been four years since he re-engaged with the American heavy metal scene after the release of his 2014 effort, "Inferno". Friedman still ...

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JASON BECKER Releases Music Video For 'Hold On To Love' Song From 'Triumphant Hearts' Album

The official music video for the song "Hold On To Love" from Jason Becker can be seen below. The track is taken from the guitarist's new album, "Triumphant Hearts", which will be released on December 7 via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. Becker's story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A ...

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4th Annual 'Bowl For Ronnie' Celebrity Bowling Tournament Raises $74,000 For 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund'

The fourth annual "Bowl For Ronnie" celebrity bowling tournament, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, held on Thursday, October 25 at Pinz bowling center in Studio City, California, was once again sold out in advance. This year's event brought in its largest amount yet — $74,000 — for the music-based ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN Reflects On His 15 Years Of Living In Japan: 'I Just Love It So Much'

On October 15, guitarist Marty Friedman (MEGADETH, CACOPHONY) — who moved from America to Tokyo in 2003 — participated in a public question-and-answer session, "Ask Marty: An Insider's View Of Japan Through The Eyes Of An American Rockstar", at the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether ...

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JEFF PILSON Says New Project With GEORGE LYNCH, MICK BROWN, ROBERT MASON Will Be Called THE END MACHINE

The new band featuring three members of the classic DOKKEN lineup along with former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason has officially been christened THE END MACHINE. Although guitarist George Lynch said in a recent interview that his new collaboration with his onetime DOKKEN bandmates Jeff Pilson (bass) and Mick Brown (drums) would ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'I'm Trying To Make Sure People Don't Miss A Singer When They See Me Play Live'

Bob Zerull of the "Nothing Shocking" podcast recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman. You can listen to the entire chat via the audio widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he reacts when fans put him on a pedestal: Marty: "First of all, I'm just always flattered ...

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JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI, NEAL SCHON, MARTY FRIEDMAN, Others Featured On JASON BECKER's 'Triumphant Hearts' Album

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group will release the new album from Jason Becker, "Triumphant Hearts", on December 7. Becker's story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the technical guitar duo CACOPHONY, with his ...

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TOM MORELLO, STEVEN ADLER, CHUCK BILLY, ADAM JONES Among Celebrity Bowlers At This Year's 'Bowl For Ronnie'

The fourth annual "Bowl For Ronnie" celebrity bowling party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, will take place on Thursday, October 25 at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California. The event will be hosted by television and radio personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM's Volume channel and ...

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JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Co-Founder MARTY BALIN Dies At 76

Marty Balin, the legendary founder and lead vocalist of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and hit songwriter of JEFFERSON STARSHIP, passed away on September 27. His wife, Susan Joy Balin, was by his side. He was 76. Marty had a historic career as Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and platinum and ...

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TREMONTI: Lyric Video For 'Trust' Song

The official lyric video for the song "Trust" from TREMONTI, the band comprised of Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, can be seen below. The track is taken from TREMONTI's fourth album, "A Dying Machine", which was released on June 8 via Napalm Records. The disc was produced ...

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Inside Metal: The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal 2 - Various

Bob Nalbandian is a walking compendium of American metal, particularly conversant of the scene cultivated within his California habitat in the 1980s. His "Inside Metal" documentary series has become a go-to source on the subject of West Coast-birthed heavy metal. His recent work focuses upon the dawn of thrash from the Los Angeles and Bay ...

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