On September 12, former MEGADETH axeman Marty Friedman invited another audience-member guitarist, Cristian Nistor, on stage at the North Star Bar & Grill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for some onstage shredding. Check out video footage below.
Friedman recently embarked on his first tour of North America since 2003 — a 21-date headlining run that kicked off September 9. The trek marks the latest leg of Friedman’s ongoing world tour in support of “Inferno”, his solo album that so far has seen him complete a record-breaking tour across South America; perform extensively in Europe with acts such as Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE), ARCH ENEMY and KREATOR; and play multiple high-profile gigs in his current home country of Japan, including a set at the country’s largest heavy metal festival, Loud Park.
Friedman commented on his return to his home continent: “On the rare occasion that I stop and think I about it, I realize I’ve done an insane thing: I left a successful international band to concentrate my efforts on the domestic music scene of a country thousands of miles from my home. Different culture, different language, different planet. Since I went to Japan, so many Americans have supported me, and while many doubted I would ever play live in my homeland again, now it’s happening. Choosing the setlist and doing prep for this tour has been a blast. Words can not describe how excited I am about finally touring North America!”
The North American leg of the “Inferno” tour started in Friedman’s former hometown of Baltimore and will wrap up on the West Coast on October 3.