Fred Mandel

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Fred Mandel
Born Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Session musician
Instruments Keyboards, guitar
Website Fred Mandel on Myspace

Frederick Lawrence "Fred" Mandel (born c. 1953 Estevan, Saskatchewan)[1] is a Canadian session musician. He is a keyboard player[2] and guitarist.

Mandel became involved in music from an early age. He started playing the piano and age 4 and picked up the guitar aged 8. In 1964, at the age of 11, his family moved to Toronto where he became immersed in the local music scene being lucky enough to see many major sixties acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Rolling Stones play.

Mandel made his first appearance on record courtesy of Domenic Troiano (whose band he was in at the time). Troiano was invited to record Alice Cooper's first solo record and got Mandel to play keyboards on the record. This led to Alice Cooper inviting Mandel to join his band the Nightmare Band. Mandel did this for four years progressing from keyboards to lead guitar and finally ending up working as the musical director.[2]

Following his work with Alice Cooper,[3] Mandel was invited to play keyboards on the Pink Floyd album The Wall and this was followed up by some recordings with Cheap Trick.[2]

In the 1980s Mandel was asked to perform with Queen on their 1982 tour supporting their album Hot Space (the Hot Space Tour). He struck up a good working relationship with the band and was later invited to be a contributing musician on their 1984 album The Works (thus becoming the first significant guest performer on a Queen record). Mandel performed on 'Man on the Prowl' and three of the album's singles, "Radio Ga Ga", "Hammer to Fall", and "I Want to Break Free" (the famous synthesizer solo on the latter, often mistaken for guitar, is played by Mandel on a Roland Jupiter 8 keyboard). Mandel also played on two Queen spinoffs: Brian May's 1983 mini album Star Fleet Project and Freddie Mercury's 1985 album Mr. Bad Guy.

Following this relationship Mandel went on tour with Supertramp who were performing their last gigs with their original line up on a tour named Famous Last Words.

Later on Mandel was offered the chance play with his teen idol Elton John,[4] whom Mandel states as being "...to this day, one of the most bad-ass rock and roll piano players around!"

Mandel has remained involved in music and has again worked with Supertramp and others in the studio as a session musician as well as continuing to play live and is currently working towards recording his own solo album.

In 2013 Mandel worked with legendary thrash band Anthrax on the track Smokin', originally by Boston, ultimately released on Anthrax's album Anthems, an EP principally featuring covers from some of the band's favorite acts of the 1970s, along with two versions of "Crawl", a song from their previous studio album.

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