Blue Voodoo

Blue Voodoo

Here’s Marty Friedman in his Crate days. In ’96 when this ad was circulating, Marty released  the solo album True Obsessions and was on the eve of Megadeth’s Cryptic Writings.

Taken from Guitar School, June 1996.

From the Rooney Archive.

Martin Adam Friedman

Marty Friedman spent all of the ’90s in Megadeth. This Charvel/Jackson ad doesn’t explicitly name the connection, but the skull motif and “Symphony of Destruction” headline make it clear. The band was still working Countdown to Extinction when this ad ran in Guitar World, February 1993.


Marty Friedman is set to headline a string of dates in Europe this fall. The “Guitar Universe 2012″ tour will also feature Frenchman Stéphan Forté of Adagio and the Israeli Yossi Sassi of Orphaned Land. Friedman explained how this international conglomerate came about. From Blabbermouth:

Yossi and I became friends on my 2011 solo tour. We came up with the idea of putting together a concert tour with decidedly unique and exotic guitarists, each from a different part of the world with their own ethnic sound and approach to their music.

Read more at Blabbermouth.

Right here.

"One listen and you'll understand why pros call it The Beast."

Engl is a German amplifier company that has been around since the early ’80s. Nowadays you’ll see endorsements from big names such as Ritchie Blackmore, Marty Friedman, Jeff Loomis, and Michael Romeo. This particular ad for the 100 watt Straight head, on the other hand, has quotes from Buck Dharma along with Peter Harris and George Marinelli from Bruce Hornsby and the Range and Pat Buchanan (!) of Hall and Oates.

Taken from Guitar World, June 1989.

It came out just over a week ago that Riot guitarist Mark Reale had been hospitalized due to symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Now the 57-year-old has died. From Metal Underground:

He had battled the disease for most of his life, and was bravely attempting to practice to perform with the band at their scheduled shows, before his condition worsened.

Read more, including a statement from the band right here.

Though Riot was never a household name, there is widespread reaction in guitar circles to Reale’s passing. From Marty Friedman’s Facebook feed:

Rock City, Narita and Fire Down Under are 3 of my favorite albums of all time. I wore all 3 of them out and have loads of great memories attached to all those great songs. Thank you for the music. Friends please take care of yourselves.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Reale died in San Antonio after having been in a coma. Read that account right here.

"A New Assault On The Sound Barrier"

Here’s that most dynamic of duos, Marty Friedman and Jason Becker showing off their Hurricane guitars. This ad comes from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, April 1988, meaning it appeared around the same time as Cacophony’s Go Off!, as well as the pair’s solo albums, Friedman’s Dragon’s Kiss, and Becker’s Perpetual Burn. It was a tremendous period of growth for metal guitar.

Dig this copy from the ad:

Masters of “fretboard frenzy,” Marty Friedman and Jason Becker from the hit group Cacophony (Shrapnel Records), use only the Hurricane LTD to achieve their blistering sound.

I wonder if they knew they were in a “hit group?”

Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine always has something to say, doesn’t he? According to Total Guitar, reporting on comments in sister publication Guitar World,  Mustaine noted the following about his co-guitarists current (Chris Broderick) and past (Marty Friedman):

We’ve had great guitar players over the years with Megadeth, and that’s been one constant with us. The guitar-playing ability has been consistently good to excellent. Chris and Marty both have their strengths and weaknesses.

Good to excellent.

No mention of Chris Poland, who I’m sure also had “strengths and weaknesses.”

See more great Mustaine-isms right here.


This past weekend saw a star-studded ensemble turn out for the ALS benefit, the Jason Becker’s Not Dead Yet Fest. Named after the guitarist who was diagnosed with the disease in the late 1980s, the concert featured a preponderance of guitar giants: Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Lukather, Marty Friedman, Jeff Watson and Joe Satriani were among the performers. The show’s namesake was present too, as Matt Blackett reports at Guitar Player:

The man of the hour, Jason Becker, caught the whole show from the side of the stage and caught the love that filled the room from start to finish. Just about every performer talked about how awed they were by Jason’s talent and spirit. The guys in Flametal put it best when they said, “We’d love to play some of Jason’s music but it’s just too f***ing hard.”


How about that Jason Becker? I’ve forever been wowed by his towering skills, but am even more blown away by his spirit.

Read the full report at GP.

Right here.

Guitarist and humanitarian Marty Friedman is set to auction off loads of gear used in his Megadeth days in an effort to raise funds for Japan tsunami relief. Friedman, who currently lives in Tokyo, was heading to the states to sort through the equipment. From his Facebook feed, via the Dunlp Blog:

I am going to LA right NOW to the climate controlled lockup where all the guitars have been in their cases since January 2000. I have NEVER sold ANY of my guitars before, this is the only way these guitars will leave my possession. I urge you to please spread the word and most of all BID HIGH.

The auctions begin tonight.

Read more at Dunlop right here.

And get more details at Friedman’s official site right here.

Marty Friedman

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Apparently in 1991 there was a series of rock trading cards. Here’s #259, Megadeth’s Marty Friedman.

From the archive of Dave Benscoter.


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