- Artist: Freakshow
- Label: Eonian Records
- UPC: 798576117399
- Genre: Hard Rock
- Release Date: 2021
FREAKSHOW is a supergroup of sorts featuring M!SS CRAZY’s Marcus Allen Christopher, Cinderella’s Jeff LaBar, and Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali. Rounding out the group is Tony Franklin, who is no stranger to supergroups, having played in The Firm, a collaboration between Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page. Tony also has been in Blue Murder and Whitesnake.Markus Allen Christopher, hailing from British Columbia, Canada, stormed onto the rock scene in 2005 as the front man for San Francisco based Miss Crazy. His vocal style quickly solidified Miss Crazy as one of the best new melodic rock bands and drew quick comparisons to singers such as Brian Johnson, Tom Keifer, Steve Whitman, and Joe Elliot. Miss Crazy released 3 CDs and toured the U.S. relentlessly from 2005 through 2008 with such acts as RATT, before Markus contemplated the development of a solo project. During this period Markus contacted friends Jeff La Bar and Frankie Banali about working on a project together and Freakshow was born. Frankie called on The Fretless Monster Tony Franklin to chip in on the project on Bass and the result is a kick ass debut CD that fans of Miss Crazy, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and pretty much any arena rock fan will love. Prior to Miss Crazy and FREAKSHOW, Marcus was lead vocalist for melodic hard rock and glam bands Amsterdam and Trixie.
Jeff LaBar (March 18, 1963 - July 14, 2021), best known as the guitarist for glam metal band Cinderella. LaBar linked up with Cinderella in 1985, after founding guitarist Michael Schermick departed. He joined the Philadelphia band as they were signing to Mercury/Polygram and remained in the band through 2017. In 1986, they released their debut album, Night Songs. The LP’s breakthrough single “Nobody’s Fool” reached Number 13 and the album hit Number 3 on the Billboard best-sellers chart and set them up as one of the decade's big-sounding bands. They subsequently toured with Poison, David Lee Roth, and Bon Jovi. Cinderella emerged in the mid-1980s and immediately captured the heavy metal high ground through their innovative MTV videos that proved so popular. Initially, they were more glam rock than hard rock but as time went on a heavier more blues-based sound became their ‘sound’ helping them to sell 15 million albums world-wide.
Frankie Banali (November 14, 1951 - August 20, 2020), most widely known for his work with heavy metal band Quiet Riot ranked at No. 100 on VH1’s Greatest Artist of Hard Rock. Quiet Riot’s most commercially successful lineup consisted of drummer Frankie Banali, Dubrow alongside guitarist Carlos Cavazo, and bassist Rudy Sarzo, and in 1983 released their breakthrough album Metal Health, which is known for being the first heavy metal album to top the Billboard album chart. The band had several hit singles which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Cum On Feel the Noize," "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," (both cover songs of the British glam rock band Slade), and "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)." Frankie also played drums on eight W.A.S.P. albums, Heavy Bones, among many others familiar guitar virtuosos Alex Masi, Gary Hoey, Atsushi Yokozeki, Bob Kulick, and Kuni.
Tony Franklin, an English rock musician, best known for his work on the fretless bass guitar with Roy Harper, The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, John Sykes' Blue Murder, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, and most recently with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Freakshow - Freakshow (CD) (2021 Eonian Records)