We're lucky enough to feature four incredible guitarists in Issue 17 of Gi with Guns N' Roses axe-slinger Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal gracing the cover plus ex-Megadeth thrash legend Marty Friedman and acoustic virtuoso Richard Thompson on the inside. Not only that, but we talk to Thank You Scientist's Tom Monda about his career so far and what the future entails.
Marty Friedman is one of the original shredders. A Shrapnel Records
veteran, he is still at the bleeding edge of fast guitar. Levi Clay interviewed
Friedman during a recent trip to London and offers this overview. Elsewhere
in this issue, the inimitable Andy James offers a ‘don’t miss it!’ Marty
Friedman style file.
It’s a cold evening in Camden, London and outside the Underworld it
seems a veritable who’s who of guitar players and fans who have travelled
from miles around to see one of the cult stars of Rock guitar. Fortunately
we get to slip in early, to sit down with the man himself, who turns out
to be not only the guitar hero we expected, but also a wonderfully warm
person full of life and jokes. This is the story of the legend that is Marty
Born in Maryland in 1962, Friedman is the second guitarist we’re checking
out in this issue who picked up the guitar thanks to KISS, after seeing a
gig in 1976. Growing up in rural Laurel, Marty taught himself for the
majority of his teens and ploughed all of his time into forming bands that
would play original material. He had several tastes of success before hitting
it big, first with Deuce, then with Hawaii, but it was the pairing with Jason
Becker for the Shrapnel records group Cacophony that would really propel
him into the guitar playing public’s view.
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