Ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman was asked in a new interview with Ghost Cult if the subject of his former band comes up a lot, from both the public and the press alike, in Japan, where Friedmanhas lived since 2003. “Not nearly as [much as] here [in the U.S.], because [in the U.S.], that’s what I’m known for,” he said. “But it’s taken a long time in Japan, not to wipe that out… I’ve done so many other things. Maybe if ten people meet me, two of them would know me from Megadeth, two of them know me from this thing, and two would know me from something else. It’s all different things.“
According to Friedman, he used to get a bit irked when the subject of his former band was brought up by fans and the media, but he has since learned to accept it and embrace it.
“I used to get a little bit…not upset, but I’m doing all of this cool stuff now,” he said. “Why do you keep bringing up Megadeth? Then I realize that it takes a long time of doing other things before people notice it. So then after a while, people ask less about it and more about what I’ve been doing lately. So I feel that it’s better. But I’m proud of all of that Megadeth, stuff so I really don’t mind.”
Friedman was a member of Megadeth for ten years, during which he played on four albums, including fan favorites “Rust In Peace“, “Countdown To Extinction” and “Youthanasia“, all of which were also the band’s most commercially successful.
Since he relocated to Japan, Friedman has reportedly made more than 600 TV appearances, including on a Japanese cooking show, news shows, political shows and as a guest on a number of Japanese variety shows.
Clay Marshall, general manager of Prosthetic Records, Friedman‘s current U.S. label home, told RollingStone.com: “He’s a cultural celebrity over there. I tried to figure out how to explain it to people and we came up with the ‘Ryan Seacrest of Japan’ catch-phrase. It’s not exactly accurate, but it was a much more accurate assessment of who he is and what he means to that world than ‘Marty Friedman: Heavy Metal Guitar Player.‘”
What's your reaction?
You might also like
A 225-person Canadian choir has paid tribute to Chris Cornell by covering SOUNDGARDEN‘s classic song “Black Hole Sun”. Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir!, which has made a name for itself by turning its audiences into choirs, [...]
Steven Adler says that he would like to play a few more songs with GUNS N’ ROSES than he got to perform with the band when he reunited with GN’R for the first time in 26 years during the 2016 leg of the “Not In This [...]
SLIPKNOT Frontman Corey Taylor Reveals Sexually Assaulted Past & Suicide Attempt; Breaks Down In Tears
During an appearance on The Therapist, Corey Taylor opened up to psychologist Dr. Siri Sat Sam Singh on how he was sexually abused at a young age, saying (via The PRP): “I was raped by someone in the neighborhood [when I was 10 years old]. [...]
This year’s edition of PSYCHO LAS VEGAS will make its descent upon the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 18th and run through August 20th, 2017 with a preparty to commence August 17th. Boasting a jaw-dropping [...]
According to Folha De S. Paulo, former SEPULTURA members Max and Igor Cavalera have denied permission to the makers of the band’s official documentary, “Sepultura Endurance”, to use the group’s early music in the film. The [...]