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Shred Guitar Maestro Marty Friedman Added To 2016 Axes & Anchors Cruise


As the impressive lineup of performances and clinics continues to expand, Axes & Anchors music cruise brings another virtuoso on board its inaugural voyage. Shred guitar maestro Marty Friedman has been added to the list of confirmed performers. Marty will be performing two complete sets with his band and will delight attendees with an up-close and personal guitar clinic showcasing some of his legendary techniques. Since the release of his critically acclaimed album “Inferno” — which Guitar World readers voted the “Best Shred Album” of 2014 (Marty was voted “Best Shredder” as well) — he’s toured around the world and next month he will embark on his first American tour in 12 years, which includes his participation on Axes & Anchors in 2016. Now, Marty is ready and excited to take his talents to sea on his first-ever cruise appearance.   

“Axes & Anchors is not only the first cruise I`ve ever played on, but it`s the first cruise I`ve ever been on so I`m beyond excited to join in this awesome event!” exclaims Marty Friedman. “Not only am I going to play my ass off, but I`m planning to learn a TON from all the other super players on this trip. How many times do you get to surround yourself with this many amazing guys in one place?! I can`t wait!” 

Coming off of the recent announcement of the addition of Breaking Benjamin to headline the inaugural music cruise, as well as the addition of Demon Hunter, Axes & Anchors is the most diverse cruise hitting the sea in 2016. The five days and four nights cruise to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas leaves from Miami on February 20th and will take place on the Carnival Victory. Performances and clinics will be presented by Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Motionless In White, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Alex Skolnick, Tony MacAlpine, Adelitas Way, Randy Rhoads Remembered, Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, Gilby Clarke, Mike Orlando and A Beautiful Disaster, Dario Lorina, Aranda, Black Knight’s Castle featuring Joe Stump, Johnny Monaco, Pamela Moore, Falling Through April, Gabriel Ayala and Headstrum. Cabins can be reserved at

The cruise guarantees fans plenty of opportunities for meeting and hanging with their favorite bands on board, including free workshops on topics ranging from guitar and vocals to concert photography to stage clothing construction. 31 workshops are already confirmed and currently listed online with more to be added before Axes & Anchors sets sail in February. Passengers are encouraged to bring their guitars on board for workshops and jam sessions.

All reservations include 4-nights lodging and taxes, all meals, all concerts, all open workshops, a professional photo opportunity with every artist, and more.  Current promotions include a $150 per person rebate by paying in full, a special Marty Friedman code for paying passengers (enter reservation code MARTY16) for $100 savings on any booking (may be combined with the paid in full rebate) and the recently announced Stowaway Package, which allows 3rd and 4th passengers in a cabin who are under 21 to cruise for free when accompanied by two paying passengers as long as one is over 25 years old.

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