Marty Friedman

FPC Live Presents

Marty Friedman

Immortal Guardian

Sunday, February 10th 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$18 ADV // $20 DOS // $50 VIP

Marty Friedman
Marty Friedman
MARTY FRIEDMAN`s presence in the world of music, the world of guitar, and Japanese pop culture is mystifying, bizarre, and nothing short or inspiring.His 14th solo album, ONE BAD M.F. Live!!is an all-out celebration of Marty`s music in its rawest form, Recorded liveduring his 2018 Wall of Sound tour, ONE BAD M.F. Live!!smashes any notions you may have about instrumental musicbeing pompous and snobby. As seen in the first music video for the album, “Whiteworm”, Marty and the band are all smiles and are in constant interaction with the audience, pouncing on the rhythms and playing such addictive melodies that one doesn`t miss a vocalist for a moment.“This live album is a tip of the hat to the live albums that blew my mindwhen I was a kid,” explains FRIEDMAN, “the musical content itself is modern and atomic-powered, but the presentation is decidedly old school. The pacing of the show, the audience participation stuff, the special live arrangements of the songs, it`s all been tweaked in such a way to give the audience the feeling that they are really getting something special, that only happens at THEIR show, not just a recital of the songs exactly as they know them. There are happy accidents, once in a lifetime ad libs,thingsthat could have only happened because we were high on the audience`s energy.”MARTY FRIEDMAN`s first major impact in music was in the game-changing guitar duo Cacophony, which he founded with equally enigmatic and now legendary guitarist, Jason Becker.He then spent 10 years as lead guitarist in the genre-defining thrash metal icon Megadeth. His tenure in the band, considered the “golden era” by many, was indisputablythe most successful era in the band`s history, by any criteria.As much as he loved Megadeth, its music and its fans, FRIEDMAN`s overwhelming love of Japanese musicand the Japanese language, found him leaving the band and moving to Tokyo. It is there where his career took off in very unexpected ways. His appearance asthe star of a new TV comedy, “Hebimeta-san”(“Mr. Heavy Metal”) and
its spinoff, “Rock Fujiyama,” which ran for sixseasons,propelled him into the living rooms of Japan`s mainstream. This led to appearances on over 700 TV showsof every category, parts in major Japanese motion pictures, several TV commercials, including a two-year Coca-Cola campaign for Fanta. His popularity with the Japanese publicled him to writetwobest-selling books in Japanese. In 2018,Young Guitar Magazinehonored himwith a 175-page special edition devoted only to FRIEDMANand his inimitable playing style.Despite MARTY FRIEDMAN`s flourishing television career, he still considers his music his “only real job,”often performing at the Tokyo Dome, Budokan, the Super Arena and other top venueswith his own music, as well as guesting with other artists.Along with releasinghis ever evolving solo albums, he also writes and performswith the top artists in Japanese music, racking up countless chart hits including a #1 with Smap, two #2 songs with Momoiro Clover, a #2 with Sound Horizon, and a long list of others in and around the Top 10 in Japan.His latest Japan-only release, B: THE BEGINNING-THE IMAGE ALBUM,hit #1 on the overall Japan iTunes chart in fall of 2017.In 2017,the Japanese Government appointed MARTY FRIEDMANas an Ambassador of Japan Heritage, for a term of threeyears through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Along with J-pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, baseball legendHideki Matsui and four others, he’s the first foreigner ever to receive this title. He performedthe Opening Ceremony at the Tokyo Marathonin both 2017 and 2018, again the first foreigner to do so.His most recent collaboration with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra is the government sponsored Japan Heritage Theme Song.Now with the release of ONE BAD M.F. Live!!,the combination of his other worldly experiences culminate into an avalanche of emotion, in his immediatelyrecognizable style. “I like to lose myself in giving as much energy to the audience every night. I want everyone to go home feeling like they were injected with a shot of positive vibes.” MARTY FRIEDMANcontinues, “I think we captured that on the record.”
Before joining Megadeth in Feb.1990, Marty was in a band called Cacophony, which released 2 albums (among their indie label's highest selling) and toured the U.S. and Japan. This band highlighted the potent guitar playing of Marty and fellow guitarist Jason Becker (who was to join David Lee Roth's band and record an album with him in 1990). Marty has received extremely high acclaim and many awards around the world for his unmistakably `Marty-esque` way of playing the guitar.

Marty is from Washington D.C. originally but has lived in many places including Hawaii, Germany and California, giving him an odd and interesting approach to making his music. He currently resides in Tokyo
Immortal Guardian
Power metal band from Austin, Texas, formed in 2008.
Venue Information:
High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703

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