Friedman hails ‘fantastic’ Babymetal
Former Megadeth guitarist Marty says the fact Japanese outfit polarise opinion is a mark of greatness
Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman says the fact Babymetal polarise option is a mark of a great band.
He lives in Japan and praised the Japanese trio last year for their “fresh” sound. His solo band guitarist Takayoshi Ohmura is also a member of Babymetal’s backing group.
He tells Metalholic.com: "You have to either absolutely love them or you totally hate them, – and I think that's the mark of great things.
“I love them. I’m a huge supporter of them and I think they are a fantastic unit.”
But he sees why some music fans are quick to dismiss Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal’s material. “I could totally see a metal purist go, 'This is not right. This is not what metal’s supposed to be. I can't stand it,’” he says. “I totally get it. But that's what I also love about them. I mean, it breaks a lot of rules, and I'm all about breaking rules.”
Friedman moved to Tokyo in 2003 and says the culture in the country has had a profound effect on his music.
He adds: “If you've seen some of the stuff I've done in Japan, I’ve injected my own metal into pop situations where metal shouldn't go. But because it's me, and because it's the way I did it, it worked. I kind of forced it. And I think that spirit is very metal.”
Friedman released his latest solo album_ Inferno_ last year and will return to North America in September for a run of shows to support the album.
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Marty Friedman North American tour dates
Sep 09: Baltimore Soundstage, MD
Sep 10: New York The Gramercy Theatre, NY
Sep 11: Pittsburgh Altar Bar, PA
Sep 12: Philadelphia North Star Bar, PA
Sep 13: Boston Brighton Music Hall, MA
Sep 15: Cleveland Beachland Ballroom, OH
Sep 16: Toronto Virgin Mobile Mod Club, ON
Sep 17: Detroit Token Lounge, MI
Sep 18: Chicago Reggie’s IL
Sep 19: St Louis Pops, MO
Sep 20: Kansas City Riot Room, MO
Sep 22: Denver Marquis, CO
Sep 23: Salt lake City Liquid Joes, UT
Sep 25: Seattle El Corazon, WA
Sep 26: Vancouver Rickshaw, BC
Sep 27: Portland Aladdin, OR
Sep 29: San Francisco GAMH, CA
Sep 30: Los Angeles Whisky, CA
Oct 01: Anaheim HOB, CA
Oct 02: Las Vegas Backstage Bar, NV
Oct 03: Ramona Mainstage, CA