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MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'Music For Speeding' Promo Tour Underway!

The official web site of former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has released the following update on Friedman's current and upcoming activities: "Marty is in Japan now continuing a massive promotional tour for 'Music For Speeding'. The tour started with 2 weeks of all day live radio interviews and jam sessions, with stations in Tokyo and ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'MEGADETH's Negative Imagery Was Getting Me Down'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has not ruled out a future reunion with Dave Mustaine and Co. "Who knows?" Friedman answered when asked about the possibility of taking part in a reformed band. "I'm already playing with two members now [referring to the fact that bassist Dave Ellefson and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso will join him ...

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TOMMY LEE Bassist: I'm Not Auditioning For METALLICA

TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien wants it to be known that there is "no truth" to the recent rumors that he has lined up an audition for the vacant bassist slot in METALLICA. "No, there is no real truth to that," O'Brien told BLABBERMOUTH.NET when confronted with the rumors. "Now that Tommy Lee has come ...

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Former MEGADETH Bassist Explores New Avenues

In the ten months that have passed since MEGADETH announced their decision to disband, bassist David Ellefson has kept a relatively high — albeit primarily behind-the-scenes — profile, involving himself with a production company and committing himself to several recording projects that have yet to see the light of day. Ellefson's busy schedule and the ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Pays Tribute To JASON BECKER

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has issued the following statement regarding his recent tribute to ex-DAVE LEE ROTH axeman Jason Becker via a performance of Becker's "End Of The Beginning" concerto with the San Francisco Community Center Orchestra And Chorus: "Thanks to everyone who showed up at the two New Years shows in San Francisco. ...

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Former MEGADETH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Members To Appear On Sophomore LAUDAMUS CD

Marty Friedman (guitar, ex-MEGADETH), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals, TALISMAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Rob Rock (vocals, ex-IMPELLITTERI), Kee Marcello (guitar, ex-EUROPE), and Mattias IA Eklund (guitar, FREAK KITCHEN) are among the guests appearing on the sophomore full-length album from Sweden's LAUDAMUS. The as-yet-untitled effort, which was recorded in Costa Mesa, California under the watchful eye of producer Ken ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN's Tribute To JASON BECKER: Details Unveiled!

More information has surfaced regarding former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's planned tribute to ex-DAVE LEE ROTH axeman Jason Becker. Friedman will be performing Becker's "End Of The Beginning" concerto with the San Francisco Community Center Orchestra And Chorus in San Francisco on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. 2003, according to Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Pay Orchestral Tribute To JASON BECKER

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will put on two live performances with an orchestra of ex-DAVE LEE ROTH axeman Jason Becker's work in San Francisco, California sometime next year. No further information is available at this time. Becker, who is suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) (a disease that affects the central nervous ...

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Former MEGADETH Bandmates To Reunite For FRIEDMAN Solo Tour

Guitarist Marty Friedman will be joined by fellow ex-MEGADETH members David Ellefson (bass) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) when he hits the road around March 2003 in support of his upcoming "Music For Speeding" CD. The second guitarist slot is yet to be decided. As previously reported, "Music For Speeding" is due early next year through ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Forms New Project

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster has teamed up with three members of the Sacramento band JUGGERNAUT in a brand-new, as-yet-unnamed project. The group, which is currently holed up at a Sacramento rehearsal studio writing and demoing original material, has already completed about six songs in instrumental form, according to Ahrue. Plans exist for the ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Announces Solo Record Deal

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has inked record deals with Universal Records in Japan, Favored Nations in the U.S., and Mascot Records in Europe. Friedman's recently-completed new solo CD, titled "Music For Speeding", will be released sometime this winter. As previously reported, "Music For Speeding" will please "fans of Marty's first solo album, 'Dragon's Kiss', ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Heard On PLAYBOY Channel

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will shortly be heard on The Playboy Channel via the RED DYE #2 track "Shake That Hot Thing", which is currently being licensed by the channel for future broadcast. According to Friedman's official web site, "the tune has a hot vocal, a pumping bass riff and lots of the strange ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Comments On Lack Of Soloing In Metal

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently commented via his official web site on the reasons for the decreased emphasis on guitar soloing in metal music today as opposed to the '80s when Friedman's career was first launched. "I believe people, myself included, are bored to tears with the traditional guitar solo, which comes in approximately ...

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Guitar Heroes Line Up To Pay Tribute To Ailing Axeman

Swedish guitarist Tommy Denander has written a special song called "Jason" for inclusion on the second tribute album for former David Lee Roth axeman Jason Becker, who is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrigs). As an added bonus, Denander has invited a very impressive list of friends to jam on the track, which will be featured ...

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MARIAH CAREY Covers DEF LEPPARD!

MARIAH CAREY has recorded a cover version of DEF LEPPARD's 1981 hit "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" for her upcoming release, "Charmbracelet", according to Fox News. "I know it sounds weird, and that it probably won't work, but guess what? At last night's [Oct. 22] listening party for Carey's new disk, this was one ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist Jams With Former Bandmates

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman was briefly reunited with his former DEUCE bandmates (including ex-TENSION and current BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis) on September 29th in Washington, D.C. for a "furious" jam through a set of the group's "hits," according to the guitarist's official web site. For more information on DEUCE, click here. ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist Announces Additional European Appearances

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will be conducting several European guitar clinics in late October/early November. The short trek will include an October 21st appearance at Domont Guitare Village in Paris, France and an October 22nd date at Le Mans France Guitar Seminar at Music Center in Lyon, France. Friedman will also appear in Brussels, ...

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ALTARIA To Be Joined By NIGHTWISH Guitarist During Upcoming Gigs

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, will be joined by NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen on second guitar during some of their forthcoming live shows, according to ALTARIA's official web site. In other news, ALTARIA will record a song called "Stranger" from CACOPHONY's Go Off! CD for the Jason Becker Tribute ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Pay Tribute To THE RAMONES At Phoenix Gig

ROCKET TO RUSSIA, a RAMONES tribute band featuring former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and Jay Hofer and Bill Schumann from Arizona-based GREENHAVEN, will perform at the Mason Jar in Phoenix on Saturday, October 12th. In related news, GREEENHAVEN, whose line-up is completed by former WINDIGO frontman Matt Strangwayes, will be recording their debut album early ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Perform With RAMONES Cover Band

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and undisclosed "pals" will be performing a set of THE RAMONES covers at "Rocket To Russia", an annual event taking place at The Mason Jar in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 12th. The guitarist will also be conducting several guitar clinics in late October/early November, including an October 21st appearance in ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Appear On Japan-Only DVD

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman performed a special show in Tokyo, Japan on August 24th as part of Dai-Gakki-Sai, which is said to be "like a NAMM show for Japan," according to the guitarist's official web site. "The theater that Marty played in was jam-packed with wall to wall fans who have patiently waited to ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: I Was Disappointed by MEGADETH's Final Studio Album

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has admitted that he found the group's last album, The World Needs A Hero, "a little disappointing" and has indicated that his proposed band with fellow ex-MEGADETH members Dave Ellefson (bass), Al Pitrelli (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) will feature a sound far removed from that of the Mustaine-led combo. ...

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TOMMY LEE Added To OZZFEST 2002!

TOMMY LEE has been added to the Ozzfest 2002 line-up. The former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer and his band will be taking over DROWNING POOL's time-slot on the main stage starting on Thursday, August 22nd at Pepsi/City Lights in Denver, Colorado. Commented bassist Marty O'Brien: "I can't wait to get out there. This will be my ...

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