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|Marty Friedman began his career as a Shrapnel solo recording artist and later joined forces with Jason Becker to form the unrivaled dual guitar unit Cacophony, who have a strong influence on today's top guitarists. Amassing worldwide acclaim as a guitar superstar, he came to the attention of Megadeth. Racking up sales of over 10 million records with Megadeth, Marty Friedman continued to record solo records, often embarking on adventurous musical forays far removed from his work with Megadeth, including an album with Golden Globe winner Kitaro.
In a bold move, he left the legendary Megadeth to pursue new musical goals and has succeeded tremendously. Marty Friedman's many accomplishments make him currently the only musician to be a fixture in the top class of the Japanese domestic as well as international music scene.
His music performance (songs from Loudspeaker) on national TV with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and charting high with his own music and with Japan's top artists, has spurred Friedman into new celebrity territory.
Now residing in Tokyo, Marty Friedman has become a television celebrity appearing as a regular on 5 major networks, he can be seen on mainstream hit TV programs almost every day in Japan.
In 2006 he released Loudspeaker, which is exactly the kind of record that Marty Friedman fans have been waiting for. While aggressively breaking through cutting-edge uncharted musical territory still in spots it is reminiscent in style of his first solo record Dragon's Kiss. Since then Marty Friedman has released two more albums, Future Addict and Tokyo Jukebox in addition to a live CD and DVD.
Before joining Megadeth in 1990, Marty Friedman 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 Friedman and fellow guitarist Jason Becker (who was to join David Lee Roth's band and record an album with him in 1990). Marty Friedman has received extremely high acclaim and many awards around the world for his unmistakably 'Marty-esque' way of playing the guitar.
Marty Friedman 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.
(Source: Official website, 28.12.2012)