1978-1981 Deuce - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
1982-1985 Hawaii - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
1986-1987 Cacophony - bass, guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
1988- Marty Friedman - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
1988-1989 Cacophony - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
1990-2000 Megadeth - guitars, backing vocals (as Marty Friedman)  
2006-2007 Rock Fujiyama Band - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2008 Lovefixer - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
Studio musician:
2003 Tourniquet - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
Guest musician:
1988 Jason Becker - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2002 Aisenshi - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2004 Fozzy - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2004 Spastic Ink - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2004-2005 Firewind - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2006 Masaki Project - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2008 Jason Becker - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2012 Skyharbor - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2012 Jeff Loomis - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2012 Momoiro Clover Z - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2014 Stéphan Forté - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2014 Momoiro Clover Z - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  
2015 Redemption - guitars (as Marty Friedman)  

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Born on: 08.12.1962
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One of the ultimate '80s guitar shredders, Marty Friedman first made his name with the speed-burning virtuoso outfit Cacophony, but landed his most widely renowned gig as the lead guitarist of Megadeth during the thrash legends' greatest period of popularity.

Friedman was born in 1962 and grew up in the Baltimore area. He began playing guitar at age 15 in a band called Deuce, shortly before his family moved to Hawaii. While in Hawaii, Friedman hooked up with a local band (which changed names and personnel fairly often) and recorded with them on three different albums. Friedman studied guitar in earnest, going so far as to explore ethnic music (particularly Asian and Middle Eastern) in search of new, exotic scales to incorporate into his lead playing.

He initially connected with the shred-guitar label Shrapnel in 1981, but it wasn't until 1987 that he, along with friend Jason Becker, made an impact on the larger guitar community. The twin-guitar heroics of their debut album as Cacophony - "Speed Metal Symphony" - made an instant splash, and both took the opportunity to record the solo albums they had been working on individually prior to the genesis of Cacophony.

Friedman's solo debut, Dragon's Kiss, was released on Shrapnel in 1988, and it was stylistically similar to his Cacophony material. After one further Cacophony album, 1989's "Go Off!", Friedman and Becker went their separate ways.

Friedman joined Megadeth in late 1990, becoming their third lead guitarist in five albums. He managed to bring some stability to the position, remaining with the band for ten years (until 2000). His debut album with the band "Rust in Peace" demonstrated his immediate impact on the rest of the group, still standing in the tops as one of the most technically accomplished albums in all of thrash metal history. His second album with Megadeth "Countdown to Extinction" was the band's popular breakthrough, making them one of the biggest heavy metal groups in the world.

In 1992, Friedman capitalized on the group's popularity as an opportunity to do something different: he stunned metal fans by hooking up with new age star Kitaro for a reflective, Asian-tinged instrumental album titled "Scenes", which also appeared on Shrapnel. Pleased with the results, Friedman continued in that vein with his second contemporary instrumental album, 1994's "Introduction", which boasted an even stronger Japanese flavor into his music. In that year, Marty married with Chihiro and his connection with Japan went to a new degree. Friedman continued to pursue his solo career as an outlet for less aggressive sounds, releasing "True Obsession" in 1996.

Friedman left Megadeth in 2000, about a year after the release of their "Risk" album and turned into Japan where is now considered one major force in the country music scene. In his years in Japan, Marty released "Music for Speeding" in 2003, followed by an instructional video called "99 Secret Lead Guitar Phrases in 2006". "Loudspeaker" arrived in early 2007, followed by "Future Addict" in 2008. In the meanwhile he hosted his own television programs "Rock Fujiyama" and "Jukebox" in Japanese television.