MARTY FRIEDMAN On JIMI HENDRIX: ‘I Don’t Care For His Music, But I Certainly Respect Him Extremely Deeply’


Bob Suehs of Rock N Roll Experience recently conducted an interview with Ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman. Entire interview can be viewed below.

Asked about his recent  comment that he’d “rather chew glass than listen to Jimi Hendrix,” Marty said: “I’m not a fan of his music, I don’t care for his music, but I certainly respect him extremely deeply. I admire him greatly. It’s just not my thing. I’ll tell you why. When I was a kid, I grew up really loving Frank Marino, Uli Roth and Robin Trower. I heard these three guys, and all of my friends and all the good guitar players in the neighborhood said, ‘You know those three guys you listen to? They’re just copying Hendrix, dude. You really need to listen to Hendrix.’ And I was, like, ‘Wow! I’ll check this guy out.’ So I listened to Hendrix and I didn’t get it. To me, it just sounded primitive compared to what those three guys were doing. I guess, to put it in a simpler way, I guess it was like I was playing an Xbox and when I listened to Hendrix, it was like Atari Pong or something… ‘Space Invaders’, you know. And that’s how kids think when they’re, like, 14 or 15. So I was, like, ‘This Hendrix guy is all right, but, I mean, this Frank Marino guy’s got this and this and this and this, and Uli Jon Roth‘s got this and this and this, and Robin Trower, oh my God!’ But then, all the press and the whole world… Rolling Stone loves Jimi Hendrix. And you never see one word about those three guys. So I just never got it. It doesn’t mean that I don’t respect his music or respect him. I think he’s fantastic. He changed guitar forever, no question.”

On September 9, Marty kicked off his first North American tour since 2003, and he also unveiled lyric video for “Jasmine Cyanide”, a track recorded during the sessions for his latest album Inferno. You can check the lyric video below.