Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman recently caught up with Metal Assault to talk about the U.S. release of his three latest solo albums, and how he plans on once again breaking the American market. A couple of excerpts from the chat can be read below.
Last month it was announced that Friedman had signed a deal with Prosthetic Records for the U.S. and Canadian release of his albums ‘Bad D.N.A’ (2010) and ‘Future Addict’ (2008), which have only been available in Japan, and 2006′s ‘Loudspeaker,’ originally released in the U.S. by Shrapnel Records.
The revered guitarist explained that the reason for the delayed release of the albums was because he was waiting for the right record deal to present itself. “As much as I wanted everyone in the U.S. to hear my latest music, I was in no rush to release them just for the sake of releasing them. It had to be done by a company who understands my music and sees potential in it that I might not see myself. The fine people at Prosthetic blew me away with their enthusiasm towards these records, so I was happy to have them do the releases.”
Friedman, who has been living in Japan for the past several years, added that he hoped he could win back U.S. audiences after being away for so long. “That would be nice. I have the same amount of love for any fan of my music, wherever they are.”
Since moving to Japan, Friedman has become somewhat of a superstar; hosting his own T.V. shows and releasing a string of successful albums. He acceded that his commitments in the country had made it impossible for him to travel abroad. “When I came to Japan, things went a whole lot better for me than I ever would have expected. I got year-long TV commitments and some big projects, so there wound up being no time left over to make the rest of the world a priority anymore. I would make an effort once in a while and do short tours and events outside of Japan, and the fans there were just fantastic. I had an awesome time. Those shows planted the seed for me to seriously do more stuff outside of Japan.”
‘Bad D.N.A,’ ‘Future Addict’ and ‘Loudspeaker’ will be released April 14.