Immortal Guardian, Offensive
2549 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
MARTY FRIEDMAN`s presence in the world of music, the world of guitar, and Japanese pop culture is mystifying, bizarre, and nothing short or inspiring.
His 14th solo album, ONE BAD M.F. Live!! is an all-out celebration of Marty`s music in its rawest form, Recorded live during his 2018 Wall of Sound tour, ONE BAD M.F. Live!! smashes any notions you may have about instrumental music being pompous and snobby. As seen in the first music video for the album, “Whiteworm”, Marty and the band are all smiles and are in constant interaction with the audience, pouncing on the rhythms and playing such addictive melodies that one doesn`t miss a vocalist for a moment.
“This live album is a tip of the hat to the live albums that blew my mind when I was a kid,” explains FRIEDMAN, “the musical content itself is modern and atomic-powered, but the presentation is decidedly old school. The pacing of the show, the audience participation stuff, the special live arrangements of the songs, it`s all been tweaked in such a way to give the audience the feeling that they are really getting something special, that only happens at THEIR show, not just a recital of the songs exactly as they know them. There are happy accidents, once in a lifetime ad libs, things that could have only happened because we were high on the audience`s energy.”
MARTY FRIEDMAN`s first major impact in music was in the game-changing guitar duo Cacophony, which he founded with equally enigmatic and now legendary guitarist, Jason Becker. He then spent 10 years as lead guitarist in the genre-defining thrash metal icon Megadeth. His tenure in the band, considered the “golden era” by many, was indisputably the most successful era in the band`s history, by any criteria.
As much as he loved Megadeth, its music and its fans, FRIEDMAN`s overwhelming love of Japanese music and the Japanese language, found him leaving the band and moving to Tokyo. It is there where his career took off in very unexpected ways. His appearance as the star of a new TV comedy, “Hebimeta-san” (“Mr. Heavy Metal”) and its spinoff, “Rock Fujiyama,” which ran for six seasons, propelled him into the living rooms of Japan`s mainstream. This led to appearances on over 700 TV shows of every category, parts in major Japanese motion pictures, several TV commercials, including a two-year Coca-Cola campaign for Fanta. His popularity with the Japanese public led him to write two best-selling books in Japanese. In 2018, Young Guitar Magazine honored him with a 175-page special edition devoted only to FRIEDMAN and his inimitable playing style.
Despite MARTY FRIEDMAN`s flourishing television career, he still considers his music his “only real job,” often performing at the Tokyo Dome, Budokan, the Super Arena and other top venues with his own music, as well as guesting with other artists.
Along with releasing his ever evolving solo albums, he also writes and performs with the top artists in Japanese music, racking up countless chart hits including a #1 with Smap, two #2 songs with Momoiro Clover, a #2 with Sound Horizon, and a long list of others in and around the Top 10 in Japan. His latest Japan-only release, B: THE BEGINNING-THE IMAGE ALBUM, hit #1 on the overall Japan iTunes chart in fall of 2017.
In 2017, the Japanese Government appointed MARTY FRIEDMAN as an Ambassador of Japan Heritage, for a term of three years through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Along with J-pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, baseball legend Hideki Matsui and four others, he’s the first foreigner ever to receive this title. He performed the Opening Ceremony at the Tokyo Marathon in both 2017 and 2018, again the first foreigner to do so. His most recent collaboration with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra is the government sponsored Japan Heritage Theme Song.
Now with the release of ONE BAD M.F. Live!!, the combination of his other worldly experiences culminate into an avalanche of emotion, in his immediately recognizable style. “I like to lose myself in giving as much energy to the audience every night. I want everyone to go home feeling like they were injected with a shot of positive vibes.” MARTY FRIEDMAN continues, “I think we captured that on the record.”
Hailing from the same state as guitar greats Dimebag Darrell and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Immortal Guardian and it’s founding member Gabriel Guardian continue to carry the flag of musical innovation and virtuosity for the lone star state. Sponsored by Fender Guitars at the young age of 22, Guardian with his one of a kind ability to shred on guitar and keyboard AT THE SAME TIME has brought to the table a new style of performance seen as novelty by some and pure genius by most. With the addition of Brazilian vocal siren Carlos Zema back in 2012, the band has evolved into a full frontal metal assault of anthemic melodies, technical rhythms, and powerful highflying vocals. Immortal Guardian’s latest EP “Revolution Part I” is the independently released follow up to their debut EP “Super Metal: Edition Z” and prequel to the band’s first full length album “Revolution Part II”. For Revolution Part I, legendary producer/engineer Roy Z was brought into the mix to give the tracks a unique sound that evokes the NWOBHM stylings heard in his high profile clients such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson. “Roy completely molded the band's sound in the recordings...” states frontman Carlos Zema, “...It went from water to wine.”
The year of 2015 has brought Immortal Guardian to stages across the US featuring highlight performances at the ESPN X Games in Austin, Texas, and NAMM Metal Jam in Los Angeles, California, in addition to new eyes across the internet through their new music video for “Walk Alone.” They recently supported the well known Brazilian metal act ALMAH, featuring former ANGRA singer Edu Falaschi, on a Texas Tour following their first US appearance at Prog Power USA. Immortal Guardian and their eternal quest to “spread the shred” led the band to South America in 2013 for their first headlining Brazilian Tour and the band is excited to announce that they are currently preparing for a return within the coming months!
Over the years Immortal Guardian has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in metal such as Judas Priest, Metallica, Dragonforce, Kamelot, Symphony X, Sonata Arctica, Slayer, Metal Church, Soilwork, Steve Vai, Michael Angelo Batio and others. The band has also made a name for themselves as a DIY guerilla marketing machine via their Immortal Guardian Shred Sled, a mobile metal show on wheels, which has been covered by SPIN.com and other media outlets while out at major events and music festivals such as the ESPN X Games, South By Southwest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and River City Rockfest. Immortal Guardian is currently in the pre-production phase of their first full-length record titled “Revolution Part II” which is set for an early 2016 release that will feature several cameo appearances including a guest guitar solo from shred legend Michael Angelo Batio.