Backstagelivemagazine.com has posted an interview with Freakshow’s Tony Franklin and Frankie Banali. In case you haven’t heard Freakshow is a new project made up with vocalist Markus Allen Christopher (Miss Crazy), guitarist Jeff Labar (Cinderella), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm & Blue Murder), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot) on drums. Here is a portion of BSL’s interview.
TFL: ‘Freakshow’ is your latest musical project – how did your part in this project come to fruition?
FB: My initial musical involvement was a very straight forward affair. Markus asked me when I would be available to come in and lay down drum tracks and I let him know what my available times were. Once we sorted the time frame out, he sent me I think three or four songs that he had as drum machine demos that were very well done. I flew up to San Jose4 where Markus is based out of and started to work. He had budgeted three days for pre-production and three tracking days. We completed the pre-production in one rehearsal, just he and I, and then I recorded the 10 tracks in two evening sessions. One was a seven hour session including set up, miking, getting drum sounds and tracking the drums for seven of the songs. The next evening I recorded the next three songs in about 2 hours. There was a problem with the recording drive which wiped out the very first song I did on day one, so early the next morning before flying back to LA I had to go back in to the studio, set up the drums again and re-cut the first track. The Pro Tools system can sometimes be Pro Fools! There was one additional track, the eleventh one, which was just Markus singing and playing acoustic guitar. I had him send me a MP3 of it and I took that into a studio in LA and added congas, shakers, tambourine and a timpani and sent the files back to him. He liked it and added it when he mixed the record.
TFL: When I spoke with Tony Franklin he mentioned that you contacted him to participate in playing bass for the album. What is it about Tony’s style of bass that drew you to him?
FB: Well, I think it’s a matter of record that Tony, that is MR. FRANKLIN, is my favorite bass player to work with and record with. He is the total package. Great player, very inventive, knows just what to play on every song; you always know it is Tony when you hear him because he is that distinctive and he is a wonderful person. There are four bass players that I have always admired and wanted to work with. Jaco Pastorios, John Paul Jones, Glenn Hughes and Tony Franklin. Since I did actually play one song with Jaco when I was in a south Florida club band and he came up and sat it, I played with Glenn Hughes on the Hughes/Thrall album and a few live shows & having had the opportunity to play live and record numerous sessions with Tony, three out of four has been great for me!
TFL: When I spoke with Markus, he mentioned that there is talk of taking the album on the road to play some live shows. Tony has clearly stated that he will not be playing bass on the road – will you be on the drums Frankie?
FB: It was always understood that Tony would only do the record and not tour. There were no surprises there and no issues. I am very interested in touring with FREAKSHOW. The question really is with the music business being in the state that it’s in, there are a lot of factors that will determine if it will be possible to tour.
You can check out the full interview by visiting http://www.backstagelivemagazine.com/?page_id=323