Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman joined Japanese phenomenon Momoiro Clover on stage on December 25 at the Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Saitama City, Japan. They played two songs and a guitar solo corner with an excerpt from Friedman‘s “Valley Of Eternity”.
Friedman recently recorded Clover‘s upcoming single, “Moretsu”, with producer Maeyamada Kenichi at the helm. Maeyamada is being hailed in Japan as the hottest new producer in recent times, racking up several hits with his twisted and instantly recognizable style.
Stated Friedman about the collaboration, (translated from Entame magazine): “This song is like the (QUEEN‘s) ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ of idol/girl group music. It has all the elements you would never expect in the genre — aside from the five girl singers, there is a 100-person choir, odd-time signatures, high-speed tempo changes, unusual key modulations, and my guitar over the top of all of it. Actually, if you could imagine a two-hour-long Japan-themed Broadway show fast forwarded and squeezed into five and a half minutes, that might describe the song. No question this is my favorite collaboration since I moved to Japan. It’s also the kind of thing you either loathe with a passion, or you love it so much you can’t get enough of it.”
“Moretsu” will be made available in early 2012, and even though it will be a Japan-only release, for fans of Friedman‘s playing all around the world it will be well worth looking into.