MARTY FRIEDMAN: More Japanese TV Appearances Announced

February 9, 2010

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will appear live on the February 10 edition of TVK's "Hamarancho" show in Japan. He is still on the promotion trail for his latest single, "Kiba". The song is the theme song for "Souten No Ken", which is currently the number one Pachinko machine in Japan.

Other upcoming TV appearances for Marty include NHK's "Ougon No Yougaku Live", NHK's "Necchu Yabanashi" as well as TV Tokyo's "Pirameki-no" and his regular Tuesday night "Space Shower Transporter" program.

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will appear on Nippon Television's hit morning show "Sukkiri" on January 13. The program airs from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Friedman's segment will be shown at 9:30 a.m. The video for Marty's latest single, "Kiba", will air as well as footage of Friedman playing some "unusual" guitar and talking about a recent magazine article in Otona No Kagaku, which features him on the cover of its current issue.

"Kiba" was released on January 27 via Avex. According to CDJapan.co.jp, the limited-edition single, which is a collaboration with Andrew W.K., includes a sticker and a bonus DVD with promotional footage. A regular version of the single without the DVD is also available.

A video for the track can be viewed below.

In a recent chat with the webmaster of his official web site, Friedman stated about the single, "I could not be happier about it. [Andrew W.K.] is by far my favorite USA rock artist and I think we have made the ultimate mixture of our styles. The day I heard his first album, I said, 'Some day I'm definitely gonna work with that dude.' Since then he guested on two of my TV shows over here, and I joined him on stage at his Tokyo concert a couple years back. We got along instantly. But who wouldn't like the guy? He is about the friendliest, most positive and cooperative musician out there.

"The song is called 'Kiba', which means 'fang.' It came about when I was offered the opportunity to write the song that you will hear if you win the highest award on the most anticipated new Pachinko machine in Japan, 'Souten no Ken'. In Japan this is likely the avenue which exposes music to the greatest number of people as this game will be displayed in every Pachinko center in the entire country. Andrew really went way beyond the call of duty perfecting his Japanese pronunciation to the point where locals don't even know that it is a foreigner singing. It is truly an amazing vocal performance."

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