The Front Release ‘Live In New York City 1990’

The Front Release ‘Live In New York City 1990’

July 15, 2012

Early nineties ‘wild child’ upstarts The Front release ‘Live From New York City 1990’, the band’s first live recording. The album is available as a digital download at and iTunes, with physical copies being sold at and being shipped on July 27th.

After signing with rock manager extraordinaire Doc McGhee of McGhee Entertainment (Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Scorpions), the five piece band from Kansas City were courted by the major labels finally inking a deal with Columbia Records in 1989. The Front released their eponymous first record on October 31st, 1989; by January 1990, the single “Fire” and the corresponding video were in heavy rotation across America and MTV.

The Front toured with the likes of Bang Tango, Bonham and Enuff Z’nuff; and by the early spring of 1990, Alice Cooper asked The Front to support him on his ‘Trash’ tour, which took the band throughout the eastern half of the U.S. and into arenas. After headlining a west coast tour, The Front went to Europe with Lenny Kravitz for two months playing virtually every major city throughout the continent. The Front ended 1990 back in Europe and playing to over half a million people on the Monsters of Rock tour with headliners Aerosmith and Whitesnake.

While recently digging through some DAT (Digital Audio Tape) recordings he had in storage, Michael Anthony Franano, lead vocalist and principle songwriter for the group, found a stereo board mix of three shows from the Alice Cooper tour. Michael felt that the recordings were actually in better quality than he had hoped (DAT tapes were notorious for developing “drop outs” after a few years), and being that The Front had never released anything live in the past, decided to master the recordings and make the CD and downloads available to fans. Michael decided he would release the New York City concert recording as is, no overdubs; as it was, when it was, dirt and all. The recording reflects a band at the top of their game; hungry and electric, pure rock and roll.

Michael Anthony Franano is currently working on brand new material as a solo artist and has a new official website at The music is a sonic departure from the heavier sounds of The Front, but the overall mood and lyrics find Michael still asking life’s questions — but this time around, maybe finding a few answers. His new releases will be available on iTunes and internet retailers and Michael’s official site.

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