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Marty Friedman at Diesel, 5 Things To Know
Being a major part of a major metal band for nearly a decade can certainly put a mark on a career.
But Marty Friedman has proven that there’s life beyond Megadeth.
During and since leaving the band in 2000, the Maryland-raised Friedman -- a resident of Japan for nearly 15 years -- has created a diverse set of solo albums and also played with bands such as Tourniquet and Enzo & the Glory Ensemble. This summer he’s on the road in support of his latest release, “Wall Of Sound,” and he’s also serving as an ambassador of heritage for the Japanese government as the country prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
And rest assured that Friedman is making plenty of noise in all of the above capacities...
• Friedman, 54, approached the “Wall Of Sound” album much like he made its predecessors. “This is my 13th album, so I really never want to repeat myself,” he says by phone from Philadelphia. “I always want to do new and better things, which is why it kinda takes a long time to get it done. ‘Wall Of Sound’ is the next step in an natural progression of doing things like that. I just wanted to do a deeper, better, more emotionally insane and more beautifully grotesque type of record and establish a new level -- and then do even better on the next one.”
• In addition to the album Friedman has been working on a memoir, which he says is finished, as well as a film documentary, which is still in process. A case of his life flashing before his eyes? “No, now -- Really, all I care about is mking the music and I’m just flattered peopel are itnerested in finding out about the person making the music,” he says. “Personally I never thought I was that intersting. I guess doing the stuff between America and Japan more now has got a lot of people interested and in the story, what’s behind something so crazy. But for me, all I care about is making the best music I can, and if people are itnerested in how that’s made, I’m happy to provide some insight through these other projects.”
• Friedman says he was honored with his appointment to represent Japanese culture and is getting his head around what his responsibilities are in that capacity. “A lot of it is to, when I’m outside of Japan, make people aware of things that are going on in Japan,” he explains. “I would be doing that anyway, but now I’m the go-to guy about what’s going on in Japan, what day to day life is like there now. It’s not really a tourism thing but just basic things peopel want to know about Japan. I’ve been there a long time and done everything there, so I can talk about certan shrinesa nd certain parts of the country but also a particular process of making tea or creating Japanese art. There’s plenty to talk about, believe me.”
• Friedman’s work does bring him back to the U.S. on a regular basis, and the guitarist, who’s married to Japanese cellist Hiyori Okuda, ays there’s usually some culture shock each time he returns. “Everything seems to change kind of rapidly -- the toipics peopel are talking about, the things they’re wearing...It just seems to look different,” he says. “Things are crazy. I just noticed in a convenience store the magazine rock has ahalf os many magazines as there used to be, and the people on (the covers), I don’t know who they are or they look like old versions of people I used to know. Obviously Japan is different, and I feel that whenver I’m back here.”
• Friedman is hoping that one of his future projects will will be a commission to create some music for the 2020 Olympics, though nothing’s been broached yet. “That would be the ultimate goal,” he says. “Of all the goals I’ve had in my life, the main thing left over is to have my music used in the Olympics in one way or another -- preferably int hew orld of skating would be best. I’m a huge fan of the music that’s used in figure skating and the way skaters use music to create this piece of art at the highest level in the world. I played at the openign ceremonyf or the Tokyo Marathon and at a Paralympics event in Tokyo, so this is getting me closer to my main goal. If that happens at the 2020 Olympics it would be fantastic. If not, the journey will continue.”
If You Go
• Marty Friedman, the Fine Constant and Scale The Summit
• 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9.
• Diesel Concert Lounge, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield Township.
• Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show.
• Call 586-933-3503 or visit dieselconcerts.com.
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