Mahogany Rush’s Frank Marino announces his retirement from touring


Frank Marino, guitarist and frontman of Canadian hard-rock band Mahogany Rush, has announced his impending retirement from the tour, citing an “unexpected and debilitating medical condition”.

Marino announced his departure from the road in a new Facebook post. He did not reveal any details about his illness, but said it made touring “impossible”. He added that his 2019 concert DVD, Living at the Agora, will probably mark the last show of his career.

“With sorrow, I am compelled to announce my immediate retirement from touring, and possibly all things related to the pursuit of my career, due to an unexpected and debilitating medical condition that prevents me from touring,” wrote the guitarist. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the past half century. I know many were looking forward to seeing us perform this fall, and I couldn’t wait to go back and do more shows, but now it turns out that in the absence of a miraculous cure, my Concert DVD (Living at the Agora) will be the last show I will ever play. I ask all who are believers to include me in their prayers. “

You can see Marino’s post below.

Marino, 66, started playing guitar as a teenager and founded Mahogany Rush in 1970. His psychedelic bluesy vocals sparked comparisons with Jimi Hendrix, which were amplified by the popular myth that the spirit of ‘Hendrix entered Marino’s body and gave him the ability to play guitar while in hospital recovering from a trip on acid. (Marino denies this myth on the Mahogany Rush website, writing, “I took this trip while Hendrix was still alive and started playing his music because it was a perfect match for what I was going through. at the time. “)

Watch Frank Marino perform “Something’s Comin ‘Our Way” from “Live at the Agora Theater”

Mahogany Rush toured extensively and released several albums throughout the 1970s. Although they never enjoyed great commercial success, they performed with Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart and Ted Nugent at massive festivals such as than Texxas Jam and California Jam II in 1978.

Before his announcement, Marino was set to embark on a Mahogany Rush 50th anniversary tour that was set to take place in September and October.

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