Frankie & the Studs showcased a star-making set in front of a capacity crowd in West Hollywood.
22-July-2016: Frankie & the Studs are a retro 70s glam rock band, fronted by 21-year old Frankie Clarke, daughter of Gilby Clarke (Guns ’n’ Roses, Kill for Thrills, Candy). With her leather jumpsuit and glitter Kohl eyes, Frankie at first glance brings to mind Suzi Quatro and the Runaways, and if you keep listening, you will hear Ramones and Bowie influences as well. Frankie’s songs are the kind of fist pumping glam rock that get the audience on their feet cheering, and their cover of Nick Gilder’s 1978 hit, “Hot Child in the City” shows they have listened to all the right records.
Much like her dad, Frankie is a naturally charismatic performer, all attitude and stage presence. And not surprisingly considering her lineage, she shreds on guitar. The rest of the Studs consist of Ronnie Simmons on guitar, Johnny Martin on bass, and Matt Lucich on drums, all skilled players with incredible presence. This band is as fun to watch as they are to hear.
It seemed like everyone in the Hollywood hard rock scene was part of the packed crowd at the Viper room to catch Frankie & The Studs set. They will be playing a set at Lollapalooza this weekend, and from there, they just may take over the world. Keep your eye on this band; they will be going places.