Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's instructional DVD, "99 Secret Lead Guitar Phrases", has had its release date pushed back to December 31, 2004. The delay is being attributed to "final touch-ups and upgrades to the DVD," according to a posting on Friedman's web site. The initial batch of DVDs sold through Marty's site will be signed by the guitarist.
In other news, Marty will be contributing a song to the "D1 Grand Prix" album on Avex, slated for a March 2005 release.
Due to the popularity of Marty's "Nasty Machine", which was the theme song for the Sony Playstation 2 "Formula 1 2004", Marty has been approached to write the theme song to the upcoming "Formula 1 2005" game. Marty will record the Avex track and the Sony song with GACKT drummer Ryu Nishida in Tokyo.
Also on the Friedman front, Marty will take part in an acoustic unplugged concert with Aikawa Nanase on December 21 in Tokyo. This show is open to fan club members only.
Tokyo Walker magazine sponsors three new Marty songs each month and they are available for upload in Japanese cell phones. December titles are 1. "Thunder March" (new version) 2. "Bakuhatsu Girl" (explosion girl), and 3. "Fuyu no Kioku Soushitsu" (winter amnesia). Get them at S-Guitar.jp. This site is only accessible by cell phone.
Marty will be appearing at the upcoming January NAMM convention in California.
Upcoming Marty Friedman live appearances:
Dec. 21 - Tokyo, JPN @ w/ AIKAWA NANASE (note: fan club only)
Dec. 31 - Nagasaki, JPN @ w/ AIKAWA NANASE (at Hausu Tempos)