Former Megadeth Guitarist Marty Friedman Opens Up About Being A TV Personality In Japan

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has opened up about being a TV personality in Japan. Friedman has been living in Japan since 2003. He told Greg Prato of Consequence, “I was initially not really into doing it, because I wanted to just focus on playing music — J-pop music. I wanted to concentrate on that, but they said, ‘Just try this TV thing. Your Japanese is very good, and you have a very interesting viewpoint. Just give it a try.'”

He continued, “And the first thing out of the box was a really big hit. It lasted for six seasons. For a new show, it’s unheard of. So, other offers came up, and my management over here started filling things up, and the next thing you know, more people know me from television than music.”