Frankie Adamo- Bass guitar
Frankie Adamo began playing bass when he was a teenager in the late 1970s (around 1977) in New Jersey. A group of friends were forming a basement band and they already had several guitar players, a couple of drummers, and a keyboard player, but no one playing the bass. So, Frankie purchased an Epiphone bass and began playing songs like Iron Man and Smoke on the Water. Wanting to improve his skill, Frankie sought bass lessons and studied under Pete Rosa who taught Frankie how to read music and play the bass with pizzazz. Pete Rosa introduced Frankie to lead guitarist Steve Sadowski of New Jersey. Steve and Frankie formed a band performing at local parties (without pay) doing songs from Tom Petty, A/C, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Styz, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, etc. Frankie continued to sharpen his bass playing by doing basement and backyard gigs with various local artist. In fact, Frankie jammed a few times with jazz pianist David Kikoski - though a skilled pianist, Dave also played the saxophone. However, Frankie's first professional gig came in 1982 with a top 40s band named The Clay Baker Band (no affiliation with Clay Baker from Houston, Texas). "We did the Beatles, Motown, the top hits of the early 80s, and some originals - the drummer and guitar player wrote." Frankie wrote several bass lines for the band. The Clay Baker Band played local bars and and nightclubs. Frankie played in The Clay Baker Band for three or four years. Afterward, Frankie joined a heavy metal band playing songs from artists such as Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, etc., but this band never got off the ground. Next, Frankie joined Ginger a band that performed in a few bars near the shore area of New Jersey. We played Huey Lewis, Pat Benatar, Quarterflash, The Motels, etc. His time with Ginger was short-lived as he joined a band in North Jersey playing music from The Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen,Tom Petty, etc. at high school dances. Before taking a long hiatus, Frankie spent a few years working in a wedding band playing, well, wedding music, which included top 40 music spanning twenty years - it was mostly dance music.
In 1989, Frankie moved to Florida where he did not work in a band, though he experimented with other genres such as zydeco and grunge music. Frankie made a few appearances, but nothing steady. Around the mid-90s, Frankie moved to Arizona, but he did not play in a band until 2016, when the pastor at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church asked Frankie to play with their band at a contemporary service called Ignite. The music is Christian Rock. Frankie joins pianist Andria Fennig, guitarist Alex Mack, local saxophonist Jerry Donato, drummer Derick Everett, and Gary Stocker in the chapel at PVUMC almost every Sunday at 11:00 am.
Recently, Frankie was asked to join a Neil Diamond tribute band, so Frankie is currently in rehearsal with plans to play in the bands first gig on June 15, 2019.
Frankie has a very diverse musical background - he's able to play almost any type of music in any genre. "I am influenced by all types of music. As a result, I am very flexible." Frankie is also self-taught on the guitar. "I bought an acoustic for $5.00 at a garage sale in the late 70s. I taught myself how to play by hear. I play the guitar for fun - I'm not that good at it."