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Marty Friedman
Marty Friedman 13
Background information
Also known as Marty
Origin Laurel, Maryland, United States
Genre(s) instrumental rock, heavy metal, hard rock, neo-classical metal, thrash metal, speed metal
Years active 1981–present
Associated
acts
Megadeth, Cacophony, Hawaii, Tourniquet
Website www.martyfriedman.com
Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman (born December 8, 1962) is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003,  he has hosted Japanese television programs such as Rock Fujiyama and Jukebox English.

Early career (1982–1989)Edit

At the age of 14, after attending a KISS concert, Friedman took up the guitar, and is largely self-taught.[2] He rushed to form a band and started playing original songs, the reason being that originals are easier to play than covers. "Because," he says, "even if you screw up, you just claim that the song is written like that and no one can challenge you." The mother of one of Marty's friends ran an event center with a two-level stage, and Marty and his friends used it as a rehearsal space. Soon word spread about their band, and, since they were in a rural area, people would come from miles around to socialize and listen to music. "Rehearsals" very quickly became live shows. Friedman formed and played lead guitar in several other bands, including Deuce, Hawaii (which had previously been called Vixen), and notably Cacophony. Cacophony featured neoclassical metal elements and synchronized twin guitar harmonies andcounterpoints shared with guitarist Jason Becker. He played guitar on the 1987 album "It Won't Be Long" by Christian rock band Shout. In 1988, he recorded demos for Jet Red that eventually were released as bonus tracks on the 2009 Jet Red release "Flight Plan". In August 1988, he released his first solo album, Dragon's Kiss.

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