More information has surfaced regarding former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's planned tribute to ex-DAVE LEE ROTH axeman Jason Becker. Friedman will be performing Becker's "End Of The Beginning" concerto with the San Francisco Community Center Orchestra And Chorus in San Francisco on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. 2003, according to Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. The Dec. 31 performance will take place at 9:30 p.m. at Mission Presbyterian Church on Capp Street and the Jan. 1 show happens at 4:00 p.m. at the Mission Dolores Basilica on Dolores Street. Tickets are $15 at the door or are available in advance by calling the Community Music Center at 415-647-6015.
Becker, who is suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) (a disease that affects the central nervous system and for which there is no known cure),played with Friedman in the mid-'80s classically-inspired "speed metal" outfit CACOPHONY, which issued two critically-acclaimed albums, "Go Off!" (1986) and "Speed Metal Symphony" (1987),before splitting up.