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New Fanta Commercial!
The 3rd TV commercial in the ongoing "rock band FANTA" series is now on air in Japan. This "superband", which has yet to perform a single song together, has captured Japan`s attention has inspired a manga magazine, "The Fanta Band Legend".
TV and radio news-
Marty will appear with multi platinum producer Tsunku and pop culture icon Shoko Nakagawa on NHK`s new TV show, "Mina de Nihon Go!" April 22 at 10PM
On NHK radio, Marty makes his 2nd appearance on "Kurofune Da!" May 3 time tba
Live in Japan!
One of the biggest tours in Asia right now, Marty will join A-mei as she makes her Tokyo debut on 4/18 at Akasaka Blitz. Japan is a brand new territory for the superstar singer, and her collaboration with Marty for this show is already being met with anticipation from A-mei`s and Marty`s fans alike.
There are two new regular features in the major mainstream press starting now in Japan, a weekly piece on Marty in Pia and a monthly piece in UGA, the largest karaoke related magazine in Japan.
Meet Marty in Person!
Directly after Marty`s concert with A-mei in Kuala Lumpur on 4/24 at the Putra Indoor Stadium, Marty will make 4 personal appearances in Australia, sponsored by Allansmusic.
Tickets are limited, so get details now at:
2 of the Aussie events are already sold out, as will the others and the KL stadium show so get your tickets now.
After the third sold out Arena show in Taiwan, Marty flew to China for the The 2010 "V" Awards (the Asian version of Grammys/MTV music awards). It was broadcast live on 3/28 to the entire continent of Asia, and featured as its finale a live performance of Marty and A-mei.
A-mei, who is known for her emotional ballads and elaborate pop numbers, after receiving 2 awards stunned the Asian music world with a performance which was closer to heavy metal than anything she had previously done. It began with Marty rising up on a stage lifter playing a guitar solo by himself and then A-mei joined him for the song (english translation) "Straightforward" which ended in a barrage of pyro explosions and furious guitar riffs from Marty.
More details and video links to come.
Due to upcoming musical activities, which will be reported on this site shortly, Marty will be taking a hiatus from one of his regular TV programs, "Transporter".
For 2 years and 100 episodes, the show is one of the highest rated on Japan`s Space Shower network.
The final episode will air on 3/30 at 9PM. If you have access to Japan`s Space Shower network, be sure to watch as Layla and Marty say their farewells and show some clips of Marty`s best performances on the show.
He is also leaving his TBS radio weekly program, "Kakiiin" and well as his monthly feature in Big Comic magazine.
Marty`s most recent performance with Shoko Nakagawa was re-broadcast this month on NHK. Marty produced and arranged the song, "Makkana Atashi" for Shoko and played it Live with her on "Paphooo", a program which Marty was a regular on for its entire run on NHK.
In between Marty`s solo activities and TV and radio responsibilities in Japan, he is also making news in Asia outside of Japan collaborating with one of Asia`s brightest superstars, A-mei.
A-Mei and Marty made national breaking news in Taiwan with their performances at the Taipei Arena.
The news clip below was filmed at the beginning of the concert and was broadcast while the nearly 4 hour long show was still in progress.
Marty appears towards the middle of the clip. More info to come.
Both March 19th and March 20th shows were sold out months in advance and were both filmed for a live DVD for release later this year.
We will have an exclusive link in English for visitors to this site who wish to purchase the DVD. Stay tuned-
If you are visiting Japan, or live in Japan, it will be impossible for you to miss the giant FANTA billboards up throughout the entire country.
In particular, the entire front of the landmark Shibuya Station in Tokyo (see photo here- http://www.martyfan.com/info/index.php )is covered with 2 massive FANTA mural billboards, one with the entire "rock band FANTA" and the other featuring each member separately.
Both have Marty with his blue Ibanez MF1 signature model guitar.
Check out Marty`s latest video for "Kiba" (featuring Andrew W.K.) here:
Be sure to take a look around Marty`s revamped Japanese site here:
Marty is currently on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine`s internet version, "GP2", see it here:
Marty appears in the new Fanta commercials, (see them at http://fanta.jp) but there are several commercials on the air right now which feature Marty`s guitar playing-
Sapporo Draft One Beer
AU cellular (with Anna Tsuchiya)
He also plays on fellow Fanta band member Nana Tanimura`s brand new single, "Believe You"
Marty is also featured in Newsweek Japan (in Japanese here:
Marty is planning activities outside of Asia this year, including live touring with his solo band as well as other unique events. Please stay tuned...