|Born||4 May 1958|
|Origin||Birkenhead, Wirral, England|
|Genres||Punk rock, new wave, post-punk, synthpop|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar|
|Years active||1976 – present|
|Associated acts||The Fall, Contact, the Passage, the Teardrops, Woodband Streetband|
He attended Heys Boys Secondary School, where he met Martin Bramah and attained an art O-Level. He and Bramah shared many interests. In the mid-1970s, they were introduced by their friend Barbara Smith to her brother Mark E. Smith and his friend Una Baines. Smith, Baines, Bramah and Friel shared interests in music, and formed their first band, the Fall. Friel remained until December 1977, then he left.
After the Fall, Friel formed a project called Contact and a band called the Passage. In late 1978, he and his former Fall bandmate Karl Burns joined the Teardrops, a group which included Buzzcocks bassist Steve Garvey. They released the Leave Me No Choice EP, and in 1980, the Final Vinyl album, before breaking up.
In subsequent years Friel played with R&B bands. Later he was member of the Woodbank Streetband.
- Bingo-Master's Break-Out - The Fall (1978)
- Future 7" EP - Contact (Object Music, 1979)
- The Fall online - Previous band members & producers (A-Z), Tony Friel Archived 5 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Middles, Mick; Smith, Mark E. (2003). The Fall. Omnibus Press. p. 64. ISBN 0-7119-9762-4.