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MARTY FRIEDMAN Hates Seeing 'Ex-MEGADETH' Next To His Name In News Headlines: It 'Bugs The S**t Out Of Me'

In a new interview with "THAT Rocks!", the YouTube series hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman spoke about his desire to focus completely on his solo career once he left the band nearly two and a half decades ago. He said (as transcribed by...
May 17, 2024
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MARTY FRIEDMAN On His Upcoming Autobiography: 'It Became This Monster Of A Project'

In a new interview with "THAT Rocks!", the YouTube series hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman spoke about his upcoming autobiography, "Dreaming Japanese", which will arrive on December 3 via Permuted Press. Asked why now is the right time...
May 16, 2024
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TEEMU MÄNTYSAARI On New MEGADETH Music: 'We're Gonna Start Talking About Putting Some Ideas Together'

In a new interview with Italy's Poisoned Rock webzine, guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari spoke about his addition to MEGADETH. The 37-year-old Finnish musician stepped in last September for MEGADETH's longtime axeman Kiko Loureiro, who announced earlier that month that he would sit out the next leg of MEGA...
May 15, 2024
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Drama

As much as all enjoy the sound of a skillfully played guitar, free entry into the world of instrumental shred records is not something that will appeal to everyone. But if anyone can win over the doubters, it's Marty Friedman. Perhaps most celebrated for his tenure as Dave Mustaine's six-string foil...
May 15, 2024
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LION'S SHARE Releases New Single And Video, 'We Will Rock'

Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE has made a new song, "We Will Rock", available on streaming services and digital service providers. LION'S SHARE singer Nils Patrik Johansson commented: "Get ready to ignite your summer soundtrack with a turbocharged anthem that demands to be cranked up! Whether...
May 14, 2024
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MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN Brings Climate Change Fight To Metal Scene With SAVAGE LANDS

By David E. Gehlke Environmental topics in metal are nothing new — ANNIHILATOR has "Stonewall", OBITUARY made a rare topical salvo with "Don't Care" and GOJIRA has been writing about saving the whales and the oceans for years. Penning metal songs about the challenges the earth faces against relentle...
May 14, 2024
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MARTY FRIEDMAN To Release 'Dreaming Japanese' Autobiography In December

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will release his autobiography, "Dreaming Japanese", on December 3 via Permuted Press. The 61-year-old musician, who has lived in Japan since 2003, announced the completion of the book in a social media post on Monday (May 13). He wrote: "After an exhaustive...
May 14, 2024
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Go Behind The Scenes Of MEGADETH's Concert In Paraguay During 'Crush The World' Spring 2024 Latin American Tour

Professor Reggie Almeida of the Renzo Gracie TN Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Tennessee, who has been traveling with MEGADETH on the band's recent tours, has uploaded behind-the-scenes video from MEGADETH's April 11 concert at Jockey Club in Asunción, Paraguay. Check out the footage below. As previo...
May 11, 2024
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MARTY FRIEDMAN Shares Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Making Of 'Dead Of Winter' Music Video

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has released behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the official music video for "Dead Of Winter", the second single from his upcoming solo album, "Drama", due on May 17 via Frontiers Music Srl. The track features vocals by Chris Brooks from LIKE A STOR...
May 11, 2024
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Five MEGADETH Concerts On Spring 2024 Latin American Tour Grossed Total Of $4 Million

MEGADETH appears on the latest Pollstar's Live75 chart, which tracks active tours by the average tickets sold for shows that happened over the past 30 days. According to Pollstar, five of the 12 MEGADETH concerts from the band's just-completed Latin American "Crush The World" tour moved a total of 7...
May 10, 2024
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Former FEAR FACTORY Singer BURTON C. BELL Announces First-Ever Solo Concert

Former FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell will play the first concert with his solo band on June 13 at 1720 in Los Angeles, California. Support at the gig will come from SPIRIT IN THE ROOM and SORDES DOMINUM. Backing Bell at the 1720 show will be guitarist Henrik Linde (THE VITALS, DREN),drummer...
May 10, 2024
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Who Created Heavy Metal? MUDVAYNE's CHAD GRAY Weighs In

In a new interview with the I-95 WRKI radio station, MUDVAYNE and HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray was asked which artists he would credit with the creation of heavy metal. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Man, you go back, you've gotta go back to Lemmy [MOTÖRHEAD], you've gotta go back...
May 9, 2024
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MICHAEL WILTON On Success Of QUEENSRŸCHE's 'Empire': 'We Collided With Public Taste, The Average Person'

During a recent appearance on "The Adamantium Podcast", QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton reflected on the making of one of the band's most acclaimed albums, 1988's conceptual effort "Operation: Mindcrime". He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "['Operation: Mindcrime'] was a major projec...
May 8, 2024
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ZOLTAN BATHORY Says It Was 'Surreal' Having MEGADETH As Support Act For FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

In a new interview with Sam Acevedo of El Planeta Del Rock, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory was asked what it was like to have MEGADETH, one of the pioneers of the thrash metal scene, supporting his band on two separate tours in Europe and the U.S. He responded (as transcribed by BL...
May 8, 2024
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KK'S PRIEST And ACCEPT Announce Summer/Fall 2024 North American Tour

KK'S PRIEST, which features former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals),alongside guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE),bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE),and German/American metal legends ACCEPT will join forces this fall 2024...
May 7, 2024