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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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TOMMY LEE To Release New Single, Continue Touring

TOMMY LEE has set "Ashamed" (featuring an appearance by DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno) as the next single from his latest solo CD, Never A Dull Moment. In other news, Lee is planning on returning to the road in October for more headlining dates. Says bassist Marty O'Brien: "We will be back in Los Angeles in ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN Pays Tribute To Fallen Legend

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman says that he and fellow ex-MEGADETH member, bassist Dave Ellefson, injected a rock'n'roll feel to the unfinished BUDDY HOLLY tune, "That Makes It Tough", which the duo helped re-record last weekend for an upcoming album by vocalist STEVE RICHARDS (as first reported here on Monday). "Buddy would have rocked it ...

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HALFORD Guitarist To Pen GUITAR WORLD Column

HALFORD guitarist Mike Chlasciak will be doing a series of "Guest Guitarist" columns for Guitar World magazine. The series will be tentatively called "Horns Up For Metal" and will focus on gear, techniques and ideas as they apply to heavy metal. Mike will join the list of Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, ...

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Former MEGADETH Duo Guest On Forthcoming Country/R&B CD

Former MEGADETH members Dave Ellefson (bass) and Marty Friedman (guitar) joined Nashville recording artist Steve Richards at The Saltmine studios in Phoenix yesterday (August 11th) to lay down a version of the track "That Makes It Tough", one of the last songs written by BUDDY HOLLY. Additional musicians on the recording included keyboardist Jimmy Nichols, ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Completes Work On "Aggressive" Solo CD

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has completed writing, playing, and engineering his new solo album, entitled Music For Speeding. According to an official statement, "fans of Marty's first solo album, Dragon's Kiss, and his aggressive playing in CACOPHONY and MEGADETH will freak out when they hear that style applied in Marty's new and more modern ...

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