Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, who has been a Japanese resident since 2003, has co-written a song on the No. 1 album in Japan, “Gift Of Smap”, from the pop group SMAP.

Commented Marty: “The song is ‘LA+Love And Peace’. I have played guitar on a few No. 1s before, but this is my first songwriting No. 1 anywhere! The lyrics were written by Satomi, who wrote the fantastic ‘Yuki No Hana’, which I covered on my first ‘Tokyo Jukebox’ album.”

SMAP is scheduled to begin a five-dome tour of Japan to promote “Gift Of Smap”. The trek, which begins on August 23, will end at Sapporo Dome on Christmas Eve.

“Gift Of Smap” is SMAP’s 22nd studio album.