Marty Friedman “Guitar Universe”


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ron150It must have been around 1983….. I heard a demo tape of a band called Hawaii, which made me think: who the hell is that awesome guitar player? The guy turned out to be Marty Friedman and the following I kept following him right into Cacophony with Jason Becker, his solo career and his steps into the major league of metal in Megadeth. All these years my personal all-time favorite band at the time was however RAVEN. So almost 30 years later I meet up with Marty in Zoetermeer in Holland and the first thing Marty says is: “ wow, where the hell did you get that f*** Raven shirt, these guys are awesome!!!” Needless to say we started off great, which was easy anyway, since Marty is just a great guy, with a no nonsense attitude.

The reason for our meeting was the fact that Marty organized the GUITAR UNIVERSE 2012 TOUR here in Europe, which he did with Yossi Sassi, another great personality, with an incredible life story.

Marty and Yossi met in Israel during one of Marty’s tours and discovered the mutual love for Eastern and Oriental music. They decided to do something together, resulting in Marty playing on Yossi’s solo album “Melting Clocks” which is really unique considering Marty’s busy schedule. After that they decided to organize the Guitar Universe Tour, and hooked up with Stephan Forte (Adagio)  to add to the bill.

About Yossi Sassi: many people know him of his band Orphaned Land, only few know the story behind the band. What politicians have never succeeded in, it appears to be a piece of cake for Orphaned land: they bring Israelian and Lebanese fans together, without any violence or hassle. And I must say: it is impossible to not be touched by Yossi Sassi’s constant big smile.

So there the 2 guys were sitting on the couch, ready for some good conversation on the 2nd day of the Guitar Universe Tour, in Zoetermeer (NL). The conversation was good and we touched on many subjects, like Marty’s fascination for Japan. Unfortunately for some of our readers, Marty was very clear about one thing: “I don’t want to talk gear, since it’s boring….”, so we did not touch that one. Later that night we were blown away by 3 great sets Stephan Forte, Yossi Sassi and Marty Friedman, talk about value for money…..

INTERVIEW PART 1

INTERVIEW PART 2

 

For more info on Marty Friedman go to: http://www.martyfriedman.com

 

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