Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and his solo band played live to a sold-out Makuhari Messe Arena for the hit TV program "London Hearts". The show is currently the highest-rated comedy/variety show in Japan. Marty wrote and arranged the song "Heavy Metal Station" for comedian Kono Eiko. Their performance was the climactic ending to the November 3 broadcast.
Watch a live performance of "Heavy Metal Station" at this location.
Friedman's ninth album, "Tokyo Jukebox", was released in Japan on May 20 via AVEX. It was produced and arranged by Marty and it reflects the chaotic lifestyle of Tokyo, its unique music and Marty's futuristic interpretation of it. According to a posting on Marty's web site, "Sonically, it goes from his 'Loudspeaker' lineup all the way to a 70-piece symphony orchestra. Marty covers the most unlikely artists to get his guitar heavy treatment, including PERFUME, MAXIMUM THE HORMONE, AI, NAKASHIMA MIKA, IKIMONO GAKARI and seven other staples in the world of current Japanese music."
Check out "Tokyo Jukebox" audio samples at this location.
Friedman commemorated "Tokyo Jukebox"'s release by taking part in a "secret live event" atop Tokyo Tower on May 19. There were two shows, both filled to capacity, and all who attended were treated to Marty's first time performing these new songs in public, high above Tokyo's night skyline. Autograph sessions were held after each show.