Anthony Esposito (born December 31, 1966) is an American rock musician and music producer, best known as an original member of Lynch Mob[1] and the former bassist for Ace Frehley.[2][3] Since 2015, he has played bass in Jake E. Lee‘s Red Dragon Cartel.[4]


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,[5] Green Day, The New York Dolls, The Misfits, Joan Jett, Ace Frehley, DGeneration, Ryan Adams, Lynch Mob, Warrant and the Psychedelic Furs.[6] In 2007, Esposito relocated his recording operation to a horse ranch in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, rechristening the studios Obscenic Arts.[7]

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,[8][9] 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.[10]Esposito plays bass on the album, and performed on Frehley’s “Rocket Ride” and Anomaly” world tours.[11]

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.[12] The album was recorded in its entirety at Esposito’s Obscenic Arts recording studio.[13]

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  3. ^ “Former ACE FREHLEY Bassist ANTHONY ESPOSITO Says He Was ‘Tossed Away’ And ‘Dissed’ By Original KISS Guitarist”. BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  4. ^ “JAKE E. LEE’s RED DRAGON CARTEL Recruits Former JONES STREET Singer SHAWN CROSBY”. BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  5. ^ “Marky Ramone: Punk Legend | Modern Drummer Magazine”. Modern Drummer Magazine. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  6. ^ “Ace Frehley Bassist Anthony Esposito interviewed”. Rock Nightmare. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  7. ^ “JAKE E. LEE’s RED DRAGON CARTEL Is ‘Trying To Stir Things Up A Little Bit’ On Second Album”. BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2017-08-20. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  8. ^ “Wicked Sensation – Lynch Mob | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic”. AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  9. ^ “Lynch Mob – Wicked Sensation (album review ) | Sputnikmusic”. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  10. ^ “Ace Frehley Talks New Album, “Anomaly. Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  11. ^ “ACE FREHLEY: Los Angeles Footage Posted Online”. BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  12. ^ “Jake E. Lee Shows What Most Guitarists Get Wrong About “Bark at the Moon. Guitar World. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  13. ^ “Red Dragon Cartel release snippet of new song “Painted Heart” from upcoming new album ‘Patina’ – Sleaze Roxx”. Retrieved 2018-07-05.