Guitar slingers of many different genre preferences are going to be ecstatic at the news about Marty Friedman’s long hoped for and honestly quite overdue visit to the USA for touring purposes. Most Metalheads know full well how the blistering guitarist has been living in Japan for many years now and is quite the Rock idol over on that continent but it’s rare that he gets to come back and thrill us with his technical virtuosity. Below you can indulge in the poster and the official press copy and then we can banter a little further. Dig in.
The Press Release:
Iconic guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN is ecstatic to announce his first tour of North America since 2003 — a 21-date headlining run that will kick off Sept. 9. The trek marks the latest leg of FRIEDMAN’s ongoing world tour in support of “Inferno,” his Billboard-charting, critically acclaimed solo album that so far has seen him complete a record-breaking tour across South America; perform extensively in Europe with acts such as Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), Arch Enemy and Kreator; and play multiple high-profile gigs in his current home country of Japan, including a set at the country’s largest heavy metal festival, Loud Park.
FRIEDMAN commented on his imminent return to his home continent:
“On the rare occasion that I stop and think I about it, I realize I’ve done an insane thing: I left a successful international band to concentrate my efforts on the domestic music scene of a country thousands of miles from my home. Different culture, different language, different planet. Since I went to Japan, so many Americans have supported me, and while many doubted I would ever play live in my homeland again, now it’s happening. Choosing the setlist and doing prep for this tour has been a blast. Words cannot describe how excited I am about finally touring North America!”
The upcoming North American leg of the “Inferno” tour will start in FRIEDMAN’s hometown of Baltimore and wrap up on the West Coast on Oct. 3. Support will be provided by the Los Angeles-based extreme shred outfit Exmortus. The complete itinerary can be found in the above poster or below. General admission and VIP packages will go on sale this Friday (10) at 10:00 a.m. local time. For more information, please visit http://martyfriedman.com/.
9/9: Baltimore, MD – Soundstage #
9/10: NYC, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
9/11 : Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar #
9/12: Philadelphia, PA – Northstar Bar #
9/13: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
9/15: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom #
9/16 : Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club #
9/17: Detroit, MI – Token Lounge #
9/18: Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club #
9/19: St. Louis, MO – Fubar #
9/20: Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
9/22: Denver, CO – Marquis #
9/23: Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes #
9/25: Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
9/26: Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw #
9/27: Portland, OR – Aladdin #
9/29: San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall #
9/30: Hollywood, CA – Whisky-a-Go-Go #
10/1: Anaheim, CA – House of Blues #
10/2: Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar #
10/3: Ramona, CA – Mainstage #
# with Exmortus
Featuring what FRIEDMAN proclaims as his heaviest and most intense work to date, “Inferno” features 12 tracks “rich with complex melodies and nuanced arrangements” (Rolling Stone). Recorded mainly in Los Angeles with Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth), “Inferno” included a unique blend of guests ranging from acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela to modern metal guitar heroes Alexi Laiho and David Davidson, to Canadian rock guru Danko Jones, as well as a songwriting collaboration with his former Cacophony bandmate Jason Becker. The album is available now digitally via iTunes & Amazon MP3 as well as on CD/LP via the Prosthetic Records webshop HERE.
Perhaps the most revered lead guitarist in thrash metal history, FRIEDMAN — whose pioneering work with Megadeth, Cacophony and as a solo artist has influenced legions of players around the globe — recently returned Stateside to appear at the 2015 NAMM Convention in Anaheim, Calif., where he made a surprise appearance with Steel Panther during the NAMM Jam concert in addition to performing a guitar clinic for students at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute and presenting a lecture on Japanese culture at the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so, and if you will pardon the use of the New Wave classic as a pun, it’s been done to express my own level of excitement at the chance to see Friedman in action on the live stage once again. Considering that I am a drummer that should tell you something. It’s going to be great to have Marty hitting NYC so early in the tour as the fire and excitement about being back in his home country should be hotter than the nuclear breath of Godzilla. Too much with the Japanese references? Okay I digress, but it’s still going to be great and I wonder what you readers think about this one. Are you planning on attending based on your Megadeth devotion or are you an aspiring or accomplished guitarist who plans on viewing this show as a Master Class from one of the genres best. Let me know in the comments and until next time keep on rocking.
Official Website: http://www.martyfriedman.com