Francesco DiCosmo

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Francesco DiCosmo
Born Italy
Genres Hard rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals
Associated acts Evanescence, Thin Lizzy
Website Official website

Francesco DiCosmo is an Italian-born American rock musician, best known for his work with Evanescence and Thin Lizzy, and as a session musician playing bass guitar.

Career[edit]

DiCosmo started to learn the bass guitar aged 15, and played with a number of bands in the northeastern Pennsylvania area, before moving to Los Angeles and being chosen by Billy Sheehan to take part in the Musicians Institute Scholarship Contest. DiCosmo attended the Institute during the 1990s, graduating in 1995, and subsequently teaching and providing private tuition.[1]

In the late 1990s, DiCosmo joined Mumbo's Brain with former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, and also performed on Poland's solo album Chasing the Sun. He later worked with Stanley Whittaker (ex-Happy the Man), with whom he formed Spirit Noise, along with his brother Rico DiCosmo. He subsequently undertook more session work with a number of artists.[1]

In 2002, DiCosmo worked with Evanescence on their debut album Fallen, which was released the following year. The album produced a number of hit singles featuring DiCosmo's playing, including "Bring Me to Life" and "My Immortal". The album earned the band five nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, Best Hard Rock Performance and Grammy Award for Best New Artist, winning Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance.[2]

Between 2007 and 2009, DiCosmo played bass guitar as a member of Thin Lizzy,[3] in a reformed version of the band in which Phil Lynott originally played bass. DiCosmo performed as part of a line-up featuring guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, and drummer Tommy Aldridge. When Sykes left the band, it was reorganised with a new line-up and DiCosmo was replaced by Marco Mendoza.

DiCosmo later toured with ex-Toto frontman Bobby Kimball, and returned to session work with artists such as Ronnie Montrose and Jason Bonham.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography at official Francesco DiCosmo website". francescodicosmo.com. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Amy Lee of Evanescence". Culture Compass. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Success stories". Musicians Institute. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jason Bonham (News archive 12 October 2009)". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 10 February 2012.