Growing up in the Midwest, in the seventies, was a time laced with rebellion and hope, which became quite apparent after I played my first professional show at age five. Just a few short weeks after that serendipitous moment, my stepfather was arrested for disturbing the peace while rehearsing with his band at our house. At that moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
Hello Friends, The Front was featured in Classic Rock Magazine this week with a great article. Be sure to check it out!
The Front is featured in Classic Rock Magazine: http://classicrock.teamrock.com/features/2015-04-20/flash-metal-suicide-the-front
Hey everybody – my best man and friend Murphy Occhino, who happens to be a world class drummer and played with me on the Michael Moon record, are looking forward to cutting some new tracks very soon. As well, we are talking about gigging too, so please keep in touch for dates and new music.
Much fun last night, my first show in 11 years! It was amazing to be amongst friends, family and patrons and to hear my songs through a PA. Looking forward to many more to come.
The Front Live In New York City 1990 is released. For purchase information, please visit www.thefrontband.net.
I am happy to announce the release of The Front Live New York City 1990. I was recently digging through some DAT (Digital Audio Tape) recordings I had in storage, amongst some great unreleased tracks (soon to be released) recorded both prior to and after the recording of The Front record, I found a stereo board mix (not a multi-tracked recording) of three shows from the Alice Cooper tour in ‘90.
To my surprise and delight the recordings had actually held up better than I had hoped (DAT tapes were notorious for developing “drop outs” after a few years), and sounded really good; and being that The Front never released anything live in the past, I decided to master the recordings and make the CD and downloads available. We have a new official site for The Front www.thefrontband.net and you can purchase downloads and CDs directly or through iTunes and internet retailers.
Although there were three concerts to choose from (many “live” albums you hear are actually multiple shows and they choose the best version of each song from the recordings and often contain overdubbed backing vocals, and cleaned up parts, etc.) we decided we would release the New York City concert recording as is, no overdubs; as it was, when it was, dirt and all. The recording showcases the band at the top of our game; hungry and electric, pure rock and roll.
I am currently working on brand new material as a solo artist and have a new official website www.michaelfranano.com the music is a sonic departure from the heavier sounds of The Front and Bakers Pink, but the mood and lyrics lets you know it’s still me. The new releases will be available on iTunes and internet retailers and my official site www.michaelfranano.com so please take a minute and check it out.
Thank you all so much for your continued support, I hope you like everything, stay close.
I am thrilled to finally have the new site up and live. I hope to hear from you all and I look forward to posting new music as it happens. I want to make this site an evolving work of new music, news, dates and images. As opposed to releasing a complete CD/album, I am going to post songs as they happen to keep it fresh.
Thanks for taking the ride with me; I’ll be in touch.