Robert Fleischman

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Robert Fleischman
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums
Associated acts Journey
Asia
Channel
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
The Sky

Robert Fleischman is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer.

Biography[edit]

Fleischman is perhaps best known as the original frontman[1] for the rock group Journey from June until November 1977, between the group's albums, Next and Infinity. He appeared in live concert performances with Journey and co-wrote and recorded numerous studio demo tracks during the band's early writing sessions for the upcoming album, Infinity. Three of those co-written tracks appear on the album: "Anytime", "Wheel in the Sky" (reaching #57 on the Billboard charts), and "Winds of March".[2]

The only officially released Journey song featuring Fleischman's vocals is "For You" which can be found on Journey's box-set release, Time3, as well as on Fleischman's 1979 solo album entitled Perfect Stranger.[3] He may have also contributed to the track "Velvet Curtain" (also found on Time3) which was later re-written as "Feeling That Way" and credited to Aynsley Dunbar, Steve Perry, and Gregg Rolie.

While former Journey manager Herbie Herbert states that he was fired for personality differences, Fleischman maintains that he was already signed to another manager, Barry Fey, and left Journey over management complications but remained friends with the band.[4][5][6][7][8]

In January 2005 when Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Fleischman was one of Journey's especially invited guests at the Journey: Past And Present ceremony.[9]

Fleischman was also associated with the English rock group, Asia, for a short time. Already known to bandmember Carl Palmer, John Kalodner of Geffen Records introduced him to Asia's John Wetton as the possible new lead singer for the group. After working on new material together, it became apparent to Fleischman that Wetton's voice was actually best suited for the material; after discussing this with the band, he amicably left the project and returned to America to pursue other possibilities.[10]

He has also been part of the band Channel, along with guitarist Tony Berg, bassist Trey Thompson, and originally with drummer Art Wood (not to be confused with the singer Art Wood) . This line-up of the band wrote the song "The Way I Feel". By the time Channel's self-titled album was recorded in 1984 however, Thompson's former Black Rose band-mate Gary Ferguson had joined as drummer, and would later appear on Robert's solo album Dreaming in Tongues (2004). (In 2009, after many years out of print, Channel's self-titled debut album was reissued on compact disc in the UK by Rock Candy Records.)

In 1986, Fleischman appeared with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, featuring the ex-KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, on their self-titled album and later on the unreleased album Guitars From Hell (1991). In 1996, Vincent released a compact disc called The EP, which featured Robert on vocals. The EP was also released under the name Euphoria. Although out of print on compact disc, Vincent has since made the Euphoria EP available as a download.

In 2004, Fleischman recorded an AOR version of the "Lord's Prayer" for Liberty N' Justice for their album Welcome To The Revolution. He also released this track under his own banner in both vocal and instrumental versions.

Fleischman is also known for scoring soundtracks for TV and film,[8][11] notably That '70s Show and the pilot episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Many of his ambient scores can be found on the solo albums Kinetic Phenomena and Electric Raindrops, (both 2004).

In early 2009, Fleischman announced the formation of a new band, The Sky.[12]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Perfect Stranger (1979),[13] which featured many guest musicians including Jimmy Crespo of Aerosmith, John McVie of Fleetwood Mac, and former bandmates Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie of Journey
  • World In Your Eyes (2002), which was produced by former Hurricane and current Foreigner singer Kelly Hansen
  • Electric Raindrops (2004), the first of two albums of Robert's ambient scores
  • Kinetic Phenomena (2004), which, like its predecessor, showcases Robert's TV and film scoring ability
  • Dreaming in Tongues (also 2004) on which Robert sang, played guitar, bass, keys, and drums, with additional drums by his Channel bandmate Gary Ferguson, and cello and additional bass by Cameron Stone
  • Look at the Dream (2007) whose title-track charted in the ACQB FM Chart's Top Twenty at number 15.[14]

Ensemble releases[edit]

Guitars From Hell (1991) with Vinnie Vincent remains unreleased.

Composing with Journey[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Superstar Media. "JourneyMusic.com Band Bio". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Journey discography
  3. ^ "http://discog.fleetwoodmac.net/discog.php?pid=530". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  4. ^ http://members.cox.net/mrcarty/
  5. ^ "http://www.melodicrock.com/interviews/herbieherbert.html". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Melodicrock interview with Robert Fleischman". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "http://www.journey-zone.com/Features/Interviews/26_01-03/RF.htm#2". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "http://www.libertynjustice.net/gettoknow_robert.php". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "http://www.robertfleischman.com/bio.php". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "http://www.journey-zone.com/Features/Interviews/26_01-03/RF.htm#4". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "http://www.jimmycrespo.com/rfint.html". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Press release from http://www.robertfleischman.com: '"May 22, 2009, multi-platinum singer songwriter Robert Fleischman will be unveiling his new band, The Sky, at the National theatre in Richmond, Virginia. Upon his induction with Journey to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his desire to perform live was inspired. After auditioning his native town of Los Angeles for musicians, Robert decided to look into a different circle of players. LA session drummer Andre LaBelle, who played with Robert in the past with KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, had relocated to Virginia. Robert soon discovered that Richmond was exploding with talent. Upon flying perspective players to Vegas for auditions, Robert decided to develop the band in Virginia. Holding down the rhythm is Andre LaBelle and Steve Barber. The guitars are provided by Stephan LaJaunie and Brady Cole. The sound these five musicians have created is an atmospheric chemistry with a driving punch that could be compared to the likes of Oasis, The Verve, or the more psychedelic sounds produced by The Cult and Bowie. The Sky is excited to debut this fresh material for the city of Richmond at this historical Theatre."
  13. ^ a b Martin E. Adelson (2011-02-16). "Perfect Stranger - Robert Fleischman". Discog.fleetwoodmac.net. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  14. ^ "News Releases". Robert Fleischman. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 

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Interviews[edit]

Preceded by
Gregg Rolie
Journey lead vocalist
1977
Succeeded by
Steve Perry