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Marty Friedman

Marty Friedman

Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman (born December 8, 1962) is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead/rhythm guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted Japanese television programs such as Rock Fujiyama and Jukebox English.MusicFriedman is also a member of the Japanese musical group Sound Horizon which has contributed soundtracks to various anime and video games. He also launched a record label under Avex Group, Gokukara Records. In February 2010, during CJ Ramone's Japan tour, he made a guest appearance on guitar for the Ramones' song "California Sun".In 2011, Friedman collaborated with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z, providing guitar for their song "Moretsu Uchu Kokyokyoku Dai 7 Gakusho «Mugen no Ai»", which would become a hit in 2012. At the end of 2012, a full album containing heavy metal covers of Momoiro Clover Z's songs was also released by a band named "Metal Clone X". Although band members remained anonymous, Friedman was cited as label producer and arranger.In 2013, Friedman released his first library of guitar loops on LoopArtists. Friedman recorded collections of clean-tone, high gain lead and rhythm guitar loops that are intended for use in a production and remix environment.TelevisionMarty Friedman appears on Japanese television and is also a contributing columnist to Japanese music magazines and national newspapers. He became a regular member of the cast of TXN's musical TV program Hebimeta-san (??????) (anglicized as "Mr. Heavy-Metal") with Japanese idol Yoko Kumada until the show came to an end in 2005. Friedman had his own heavy metal TV program called Rock Fujiyama alongside Shelly, Ken Ayugai (Kenny Guy), Yorimasa Hisatake (Rock Ninja Yorimasa) and ex-Scanch member Rolly Teranishi from April 2006 until March 2007. In November~December 2005 he toured with singer Ami Suzuki on her "Suzuki Ami Around the World" live house tour, which took place in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Friedman was featured on Jukebox, a television program in which Marty and two Japanese people translate the lyrics of various English songs into understandable Japanese. He has also made guest appearances on the television programs Eigo de Shabera Night and Tamori Club. In 2008 Friedman played the role of Paul Weinberg, an English language teacher, in Isshin Inudou's Gou-Gou Datte Neko de Aru. In 2009, Friedman appeared on The Quiz Show, a Japanese TV drama starring Sho Sakurai as a guest professor. On January 4, 2014, Friedman took part in New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome event, playing Hiroshi Tanahashi to the arena.Personal lifeMarty Friedman is of Jewish heritage. He lives in the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan.Shortly after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Friedman began auctioning off a great variety of his musical equipment and paraphernalia that he used as a member of Megadeth, including some of the earliest productions of Jackson Kelly.In December 2012, Friedman announced his marriage to a Japanese cellist, via a city hall ceremony, at his birthday party.

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