A Phil Brodie Band Profile
Born : November
say that Frank Marino excels in a live environment is a total understatement!
The power of Frank "live" is the stuff of legend as everyone who has
seen him will agree and he certainly lives up to his reputation on his latest
album. Quote: When I was a kid and I first heard Frank Marino, I
was stunned. His technique and tone was smooth yet aggressive. He is a very powerful
performer and was an inspiration to me at a critical time in my musical evolution.~
Hendrix Experience ~
Marino And Mahogany Rush grew in popularity, the press naturally caught up with
him. Amazed by his superb guitaring, having a strong Hendrix influence and finding
out Franks earlier drug days which landed him in hospital; they came out with
some incredible stories .."Frank Marino overdosed and awoke from a coma in
the hospital and somehow became the spirit of Hendrix...", and "Frank
Marino met Hendrix' spirit which entered him, endowing him with this amazing ability
to play a guitar and magically now knows everything about guitars...". Later
on the story changed into a version that said he was in a car accident, died and
came back with Jimi Hendrix in his body. These press articles followed and dogged
him throughout the 70s & 80's. The press didn't want to listen to the truth.
~ The Truth ~
As a very
young teenager Frank did experiment with weed & acid, heavily ~ too heavily
with LSD. His young brain could not handle it and he had such a terrifying trip,
he ended up hospitalized. However this all happened in 1967, Frank was 13, Hendrix
was very much alive. At the time Frank was quite a decent drummer and had never
thought about the guitar. While in hospital he had a great fear of letting his
mind wander back into the terrifying trip so needed to occupy his mind and the
only thing in the relaxation room was a guitar, so he started to teach himself
to play. He played it incessantly, and afterwards every single moment that he
was awake he played it and played it. . He found the guitar a very soothing help
and began to play Hendrix music because it matched perfectly to what he was going
through at the time. Frank Marino has never taken drugs from that day on. "This
experience became the basis of everything that I was to do in music, including
the name Mahogany Rush, which was a description I would use to describe a certain
sensation that I was having on the trip." Out of this bad experience the
world got a true virtuoso.
build my own amps, based on Fender amplifiers and I use any strong power amp available.
For effects, I use mainly a Rev-7 for reverb, an SPX-90 for delay and flange,
and assorted pedals like wah-wahs, fuzz-tone, and stuff like that. I'm not into
high-tech guitar gear. I save that for the studio. In the studio I use Marshall
as well. Live, I almost never use the Marshalls. I did get a few modified Marshalls
from a guy in Sweden named Tommy Folkesson, and he does the best mods I've ever
heard, if you want the Marshall sound. I will only use his Marshalls, but I also
have an original slightly modded one from the 70's that I will also use from time
to time. My guitars are primarily Gibson SG Les Paul's, 1961-1/2. I've got a few
other models of SG, but they're all modded to play like the 61's. I use the occasional
Strat and Telecaster, but I prefer the feel of the Gibson.
funny, but so many people hear my sound and think I'm playing on a Strat through
a Marshall, but most of the time I'm not. As a matter of fact, most of the time
I don't even use tubes... I use transistor-based power amps, like Crown. Even
in the 70's, they thought I was using Marshalls for my live album when I was using
Acoustic 270's, head and bottom. But now my modded pre-amp (which I do myself)
is tube-based, and my power amp is still transistor. My pedals are less in number
than they were in the old days... I used to have 22 of them on my board, and everybody
used to give me grief over playing with pedals... now everyone plays with pedals
and I hardly ever turn them on. But I mod each one of them myself... they just
sound like crap out of the box, no matter which one you buy, it seems."
Asked his impression
of some of the guitars that have come out in the last few years, like the Paul
Reed Smith, Parker Fly, etc ... he replies
" I'm not impressed
by them. It seems that they're all too heavy, too much lacquer, a lot of eye-candy
and fancy electronics. If these guitars were really as good as some people would
have us believe, there would be no market for the old ones. The fact that the
old ones still command such prices today is a testament to the fact that they
provide something unique and untouchable...a kind of intangible feel. Those instruments
were built by people who simply wanted to build a better instrument, it seems.
But today, builders are trying to build a more popular one, and somewhere along
the line they either go too far on the features and not far enough on the simple
feel. I've used some guitars from smaller companies with no name that virtually
smoke the competition, but they don't get the ink. . . ."
was born Francesco Antonio Marino on November 20th, 1954 in Montreal, Canada.
His father is Italian and his Mother Arabic. He stayed in school to 7th grade
and did a short stint in military school. He was involved with the school band
as a drummer, but the heady hippie days got the better of him, as we have read,
he was hospitalized at the age of 13. Luckily for him and us while in hospital
the true love of the music totally took over from the drugs. At 14 he had his
band.. Mahogany Rush, playing covers. Franks influences were Hendrix, The Beatles,
The Doors, Quicksilver, Santana, Johnny Winter, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane
and most of the late sixties artists that had a psychedelic flair. Also Pink Floyd
and older Bob Dylan, among others. They brought their first album out 'Maxoon'
when Frank was only 16. The Band went from strength to strength through the 70's,80's
till '93, They were one of the first bands to achieve International stardom, playing
to huge crowds in Japan, Germany, England, Sweden and across the globe. In 1993
Frank walked away from it all. He got fed up with the money making hypocrisy within
the music business. He went home from his never ending touring to start a family.
He has 3 young daughters. After a 5 years break he returned to the music scene.
It is a more relaxed Frank who we can now see, who has no need to chase the business
this time round and can pick and choose when he plays.