About FRED MANDEL
Fred Mandel is a Canadian-born (Estevan, Saskatchewan / Toronto, Ontario) keyboard player and guitarist. He taught himself to play piano at 4 years old, and later guitar at 8. After moving to Toronto, he would start his early musical career gigging in local bands as a teenager.
Mandel began his professional touring career with Canadian bands, Grant Smith & The Power and Lighthouse. He then made his first recording appearance with Domenic Troiano’s band, on the album Burning at the Stake, followed by performing on the Dick Wagner album, Richard Wagner (produced by Bob Ezrin). This led to him receiving an offer to go on tour with Alice Cooper.
Mandel toured and recorded with Alice Cooper for four years on keyboards, lead guitar, and subsequently as the musical director for the band. He was co-writer for many of the songs on Alice’s album, Flush the Fashion, as well as co-writing several songs on the follow-up album, Special Forces.
His next major recording appearance was in 1979 on The Wall, with Pink Floyd where he played on the songs, “In the Flesh” and “The Show.”
In 1982 Mandel toured America and Japan with Queen for their album Hot Space, and over the next several years would collaborate with the band on various projects, including the album The Works, Brian May’s side project Star Fleet, and Freddie Mercury's solo album Mr. Bad Guy. He also appeared with the band on their Saturday Night Live debut, performing the songs “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Under Pressure” on keyboards.
In 1983 Mandel played to sold-out stadiums across America and Europe with Supertramp on the Famous Last Words Tour, the final gigs with the band’s original line-up.
In 1984 Mandel joined the Elton John band where he remained through 1990. With Elton, Fred recorded 5 albums and toured from 1984-1990, including performing onstage at “Live Aid” in 1985.
From 1990 to the present, Mandel has worked in the studio and performed live on stage with a multitude of artists.
In 2010 Mandel appeared on Jamey Johnson’s album, The Guitar Song, which reached #1 on the country charts and was later named #5 of the top albums of that year by Rolling Stone.
In 2013 Mandel worked with legendary metal band Anthrax on the track “Smokin',” originally by the band Boston. In 2017 he again recorded with Anthrax on their cover of “Carry On Wayward Son,” originally by the band Kansas.
He continues to add his talents to projects of all types, most recently with Lady Gaga for her upcoming remake of the film, A Star is Born. Stay tuned for updates on this project and its accompanying soundtrack.
You can hear his keyboards on the single “Testify” by the band Black Star Riders (aka. Thin Lizzy).
Mandel has also appeared live and on records with the great Canadian Blues/Rock guitarist Philip Sayce, as well as powerhouse vocalist, Pearl Aday.
Fred Mandel is about to release his solo album, Part-Time Rebel. More updates to come…