Welcome to a new occasional series I am going to write about people from the west who are Big In Japan ! ! !
Megadeth were one of the iconic metal bands of the 1990 decade and hugely successful but at the peak of their success the Marty Friedman left the band and headed to Japan. Marty Friedman has lived permanently in Japan since 2003 and has a really great career here. But not the one you might expect ! ! !
Of course he is still making great metal records and playing concerts but he has developed a great career as Hebimeta-san (Mr Heavy Metal) and professional nice guy ! ! !
Following the Tsunami Marty Friedman played at charity concerts and auctioned his guitars, and equipment and his Megadeth memorabilia to raise funds for the victims, which was gesture that greatly appreciated by everyone.
He speaks really very good Japanese with just enough of an accent to be exotic and he regularly appears on Music TV shows and variety shows as either a
guest or host. He is also a music journalist where he writes music columns for several magazines.
Somehow he is also quite a successful actor and he appears in any film or drama that needs a long haired foreign guy. His most famous role was as the English teacher and shinigami ( God who guides souls of dead people to the next world ) in the wonderful, moving, tear jerking film Gou-Gou Datte Neko de Aru. ( Gou Gou the Cat ) It is a 50 tissue movie so be prepared to cry if you watch it ! ! ! He does not appear in the trailer as it would spoil the plot when you see the movie, but I love the movie so much I have shared the trailer anyway ! ! !
Gu Gu The Cat – Trailer
He is universally liked by young and old, and his persona on TV shows and through his writing portrays him as a very nice and charming guy. He recently married Hiyori Okuda the beautiful and very talented classical cello player.
But maybe most surprising is his collaborations with J-pop groups and his love of what he described as “embarrassingly happy.” J-pop.
So lets finish with Marty Friedman – ex Megadeth Guitarist and total Nice Guy playing the guitar on one of Momoiro Clover Z mega hits.
I hope you like it ! ! !
Momoiro Clover Z ( ft Marty Friedman ) – Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dai Nana Gakushou “Mugen No Ai”