Marty Friedman Says He Did The Japan Tour ‘With Absolutely No Problems’ Because It’s Not As Serious There


During a recent interview with Sirius XM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, Megadeth’s former guitarist Marty Friedman talked about how Japan has been handling Covid-19 and said that his normal life has not been affected at all, to the point that he actually gave a series of performances in January.

As you may know, Friedman moved to Japan back in 2003 and he currently lives in Tokyo. In 2012, the famous guitarist married the Japanese cellist Hiyori Okuda and he is currently continuing his music career in Japan. Friedman has also become a well-known TV figure there and writes articles for Japanese music magazines and national newspapers.

His fanbase in Japan has grown and earlier this year Marty got on stage to perform in front of his fans which may raise the question of Covid-19 restrictions in Japan. As it turns out, things are not as bad there. In his recent interview, Friedman said that it was never as serious as it has been in the United States.

During the interview, Marty said that they haven’t been affected that much on basis of convenience and normal life. However, the only thing that has changed has been ‘the limiting of events where a lot of people show up and doing concerts.’ Aside from that, the ‘vaccine is not a thing yet‘ as cases haven’t increased that much. However, there’s one thing that Marty has missed which is international traveling.

Here’s what he said during the interview:

I don’t think it was ever as serious as what I heard going on in L.A., where almost everything is closed and things like that. It’s actually really been fine as far as convenience and normal life. The only thing that’s not normal is the limiting of events where a lot of people show up and doing concerts. There are some agencies that do them and some agencies that don’t do them. And it’s really just a matter of the policies of the agencies that are willing to take those risks.”

This is what Friedman said about his short tour in Japan:

“Believe me, it felt great to finish an actual tour with absolutely no problems — all safe; everybody was happy; [we] followed all the regulations. There’s a lot of regulations for things, but I think there’s nothing like a real strict lockdown here, like in some countries, with curfews and things like that. This all being said, we’re far from being cured of COVID here. The vaccine is not really a thing yet like I hear it is in America, and it seems to be working very well. I’m not educated enough on the issue to know anything about it, really, but I can just tell you that it’s not uncomfortable here in Japan, but I definitely do miss international travel. And that’s about the size of it. Everything else is really pretty much normal over here.”

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