Anthony Esposito (born December 31, 1966) is an American rock musician and music producer, best known as an original member of Lynch Mob and the former bassist for Ace Frehley. Since 2015, he has played bass in Jake E. Lee‘s Red Dragon Cartel.
Esposito was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Staten Island, New York. He played upright bass during his childhood, appearing for a time with the Staten Island Chamber Symphony. At fifteen, he was commissioned to join the house band at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, where he backed such artists as B.B. King, Bo Didley, Freddie Cannon, The Temptations, Four Tops, and The Spinners.
In addition to recording and performing, Esposito also works as a music producer, sound engineer, and mixer. In 1993, he founded Schoolhouse Studio in Manhattan, New York, where clients included The Ramones, Green Day, The New York Dolls, The Misfits, Joan Jett, Ace Frehley, DGeneration, Ryan Adams, Lynch Mob, Warrant and the Psychedelic Furs. In 2007, Esposito relocated his recording operation to a horse ranch in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, rechristening the studios Obscenic Arts.
Lynch Mob (1989 – 1993, 1998, 2003-2004)
After their departures from Dokken, George Lynch and Mick Brown recruited Esposito to play bass in the newly formed Lynch Mob. The group’s first and most acclaimed album, Wicked Sensation, spawned two charting singles: “River of Love,” which reached #19 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart; as well as “Wicked Sensation,” which topped out at #31 on the same chart.
Ace Frehley (2006 – 2012)
After Frehley’s departure from KISS following the band’s 2001 Farewell Tour, the guitarist enlisted Esposito to act as his recording and touring bassist, tour manager, and music director. Frehley’s 2009 album Anomaly was recorded at Esposito’s Schoolhouse Studios.Esposito plays bass on the album, and performed on Frehley’s “Rocket Ride” and Anomaly” world tours.
Red Dragon Cartel (2015 – present)
In 2015, Esposito replaced the original bassist in Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel. Esposito co-produced and co-wrote the band’s 2018 album Patina. The album was recorded in its entirety at Esposito’s Obscenic Arts recording studio.
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