SPECIAL: Fans Interview “Heavy Metal Hippie” Frank HannonBAM Magazine
Nehmiah Smith: I already asked a question but man I have to ask who is your favorite guitar player?
Frank: Carlos Santana
Kameron Wolff: Hey frank are you ever going to get back with Mike Araiza and Jeffery Sandoval? I hope so! And i really liked your new album! \m/
Frank: Thanks Kam, I have no plans yet to work with them again, however I have hired Jeff Sandoval to sing on some studio productions on Greg Golden’s album.
Michael Thorpe: Do you play stock Gibson pick ups?
Frank: Yes, usually if it sounds great I leave it stock, but if it squeals I take the chrome covers off.
Nehmiah Smith: Frank who is your favorite band? and who is your favorite newer band? Love the new album by the way!
Frank: My favorite newer bands are: Muse, God Smack , 5 finger and 311
Brian McDonough: Is anyone in the FHB from Moondog Mane?
Frank: No just me..
Jessica Glover: When are you coming near Boise?
Frank: Soon I hope!
Ernie Schiavone: Frank what are your favorite strings?
Frank: D’addario 10-46 nickel
Todd King: Looking forward to MORC and your band Frank getting your music to a large audience and will you play anything off Gypsy Highway?
Frank: Oh ya man! Prob Sweet Southern Sound, Gypsy Highway, Peace of Mind
Lisa Redden: Frank, dig “World Peace” It’s awesome!! I know TESLA did a covers cd, would you do a covers cd with your band?
Frank: Yes we do covers, Milky Way by the church, love is alive by Gary wright but they will not be on CD only the website.
Ricardo Esparza: Frank, what is your current amp and pedal set-up? What strings and gauge do you use?
Frank: With TESLA we use the new black star amps but in my shows I use combo amps, fender twins or Vox ac30 or Marshall jcm900 I use daddario 10-46 strings and MXR pedals.
Hap Oswald: Frank Hannon please tell me that you and RONNIE MONTROSE put down some tracks together somewhere for someday?
Frank: Ronnie made demos for us when I was 16 years old, one had Lil’ Suzie on it!!
Michele Garcia-simeroth: Why do you change your band members every album? Just a question….
Frank: It seems like musicians haven’t been able to stick with it, it’s tough schedule especially when I end up taking off again with TESLA, I’ve tried to help local musicians get recognized but they end up wanting more for themselves, I am very happy with Aaron Leigh and Kelly Smith because so far they seem very solid and loyal to me.
Rob Weaver: Frank, if you could jam with anyone in the world person or band who would that be and why? For me it’s UFO.
Frank: Probably Iron Maiden because I love their galloping rhythms and high energy vocals!
Ernest Skinner: I’ve been trying to get a copy of the song “The Heroes” that was done a few years back..how do I get it?
Frank: Ah yes! Heroes.. I need to re record that song! Can’t find the original.. Has a cool groove rhythm riff.
Rockin Amie When are you coming back to the Mystic Theater? It’s a great venue and a hop, skip and a jump from Sacramento.
Frank: Soon I hope!!!
Michael Zuercher: When you write leads do you think it is important to stay away from your tendencies to promote growth or do you think that your tendencies define you as a guitar player?
Frank: It depends entirely on the song… I will listen to the chords where the solos gonna go over and over before I play, and I will hear a part in my head first and sometime whistle or sing a part without playing the guitar in order to create something worthwhile without noodling!
Bill Conley: With your guitar playing would you ever consider playing with Robert Randolph and the family band in a song or 2.
Frank: I would LOVE to jam with him, there’s a lot of guys I could easily keep up with jamming but because I’m from an 80s band.. They don’t know my abilities as a player… for instance Eric Clapton or John Mayer , Warren Haynes any guys like that I would love to jam with if they’d give me a chance!!
Rudy Carr: Any Texas dates?
Frank: Yes Austin Jam 29
Bryan Shannon: Backup vocals on World Peace are awesome! Guess that’s not a question, but had to be said.
Frank: Thanks! Robbie Furiousi sang
Lisa Halkias Pesch: Will we see any east coast shows in the near future?
Frank: TESLA is off in 2016 I will be hitting a lot more east coast then.
Matt Gallagher: Hey Frank, what is it about the SG / EDS that drew you to them.
Frank: The SG guitar is all mahogany as is a V or Explorer … No maple top.. So the wood vibrates more plus I love the feel of the maestro tremolo bar.
Craig Steven Lewis: Dean Markley Blue Steel or GHS Boomers?
Frank: Daddario XL 110
Kevin Hernandez: Frank, your tone on the new album is amazing. What echo effects do you use?
Frank: A BOSS ME 80 pedal
Cindy Silva: Aaron Leigh & Kelly Smith, you guys are pretty new to the Frank Hannon Band. 1st I’d like to say, that I hope you guys will be around for a while. I love you guys! (How did you hook up with Aaron & Kelly?)
Frank: I met Aaron at Strikes Bowling alley where I played NYE a few years ago. After Joel Kruger left I was looking for bass player and Aaron approached me.
Celeste Hemminger: Frank, every guitarist has a favorite axe. What is yours?
Frank: Gibson SG with a maestro whammy bar.
Kevin Forsythe: Do your band mates in TESLA ever think about doing some of your songs during TESLA’s show?
Frank: No, but I have sang “Heavy Metal Hippie” and “Gypsy Highway” in my acoustic solo at a TESLA show before.
Ivan Sznajdleder: How Hard is to live from the music in these times? I mean in the 80’s it seems to have a good economic position but these times seems to be a little harder isn’t it?
Frank: It’s a lot more work.
Jason Jorgenson: Do you still design your own amps?
Frank: No, I stopped trying to help guys design amps cause they all kept breaking so now I stick w Marshall’s fenders Vox black stars or any amp that has it’s own voice.
Bryan Kitts How are you tuned on the intro of “So Divine”?
Frank: 12 string guitar, tuned down a half step the the top strings are dropped down to create drop tune.
Chris Tufts: Take a picture of your pedal board or tell us what is on it currently
How does not differ from what you use in TESLA?
Frank: I use the same type of pedals for both bands.. OCD overdrive, MXR phase 90 , boss tuner, boss chorus, MXR flanger DLS rotosim uni vibe.
Joaquim Valls: Any possibility to see your band in Spain?
Frank: Yes, I hope to come to Spain 2016
Alex Vigil: Frank was AC/DC and Angus Young an influence on your playing style?
Frank: Yes he is kinda… Angus bluesy rock n roll riffs, but Carlos Santana and Frank Marino were more of SG Influence on me.