Masterclass with Tony Franklin
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp Presents: A Masterclass with Tony Franklin, "The Fretless Monster"!
"BE FRETLESS" - Part 2
• Adapting to an ever-changing industry and world
• Finding our purpose, maximizing our potential.
Plus bass jams, Q & A and stories!
Known as the "Fretless Monster", Tony Franklin has played alongside some of the greatest names in music history. He got his big break in 1984 as bassist in stellar supergroup The Firm, with guitar legend Jimmy Page, vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Chris Slade (AC/DC, Manfred Mann's Earth Band). Franklin's signature fretless growl was a distinctive and instantly recognizable element of the band's first hit, Radioactive.
After two hit albums and extensive touring with The Firm, Franklin subsequently performed with Blue Murder (John Sykes, Carmine Appice), David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, Roy Harper, Pat Travers, Tony McAlpine, Gary Hoey, Donna Lewis, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Vasco Rossi, Eros Ramazzotti and many others. An in-demand session bass ace, he has appeared on more than 150 albums. Franklin has released two solo albums, and a bass instructional DVD.
In January 2006, Fender proudly introduced the Tony Franklin Signature Model Fretless Precision Bass guitar, a replica of the instrument Franklin has used throughout his career. 2006 also saw the Sony release of Tony Franklin: Not Just Another Pretty Bass, Franklin's first sample loop library.
In 2011, Franklin joined Kenny Wayne Shepherd's band, and has toured extensively throughout the world. Franklin can be heard on Shepherd's new album, "Goin' Home", released in Summer 2014.
With a bass instrumental album nearing completion, a groove sample library, an educational app and video series, constant writing, touring and recording, Franklin says: "I've only just begun!"