Shane Fontayne

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Shane Fontayne
Birth name Michael Barakan
Also known as Mick Barakan
Born 10 May 1954
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Session musician, audio engineer
Instruments Guitarist
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts Ora
Randy VanWarmer
The Other Band
Steve Forbert
Lone Justice
Merchants of Venus
Bryan Adams
Marc Cohn
Bruce Springsteen
John Waite

Shane Fontayne (born 10 May 1954, London) is the professional name of English rock guitarist Mick Barakan. Active since the 1970s, he was the guitarist for Bruce Springsteen during the 1992-1993 "Other Band" Tour, as Springsteen had disbanded his own E Street Band three years earlier.[1] During his career he has worked with Ian Hunter, Van Zant, John Waite, Chris Botti, Joe Cocker, Johnny Hallyday, Marc Cohn, Randy VanWarmer, and others.[2]


In the 1970s he was associated with Byzantium, an English psychedelic music band, and over the years has worked with a range of artists, including Steve Forbert (Little Stevie Orbit, 1980 album), Maria McKee (Maria McKee (1989 album) and later Joe Cocker (Heart & Soul, 2004 album), Richard Marx (My Own Best Enemy, 2004 album).

He has also been the guitarist for the French rocker Johnny Hallyday for his 1995 tour "Lorada tour", and 1996 concert in Las Vegas. In addition, Fontayne has been singer/songwriter Marc Cohn's touring guitarist since 1998. He has recently worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash on tour.

On 2 December 2012 Fontayne played lead electric guitar for Ann and Nancy Wilson's version of "Stairway to Heaven" during the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony for Led Zeppelin.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Fontayne was married to actress MacKenzie Phillips from 1986 to 2000, and has a son with her, born in 1987. Fontayne's older brother, Peter Barakan, is a well known music critic in Japan.[4][5]


  • 1991: "Merchants of Venus"
  • 2003: What Nature Intended
  • 2006: Voodoo at the Mint


  1. ^ Dave Marsh (2006). Bruce Springsteen on tour, 1968-2005. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 192. ISBN 1-59691-282-0. 
  2. ^ "Credits for Shane Fontayne". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ Stairway to Heaven on YouTube, December 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "Mackenzie Phillips" 42 (22). People (magazine). November 28, 1994. 
  5. ^ Phillips hopes fractured family..., September 25, 2009.

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