His mother was a classical pianist while his father, Stan Freese, was a professional tuba player as well as musical director at Disneyland.
" s still there," Freese
says of his
has moved up the ranks, and he
" s now entertainment director, hiring and firing banjo players.But in the summer, he
likes to hire himself, so he
can actually get out from behind the desk and play at Carnation Gardens.After all, he
is a professional tuba soloist, and he
has appeared on a few Vandals
records with me.And he
loves the music we're doing with A Perfect Circle
." The music with that group is certainly a bit different from the punk rock that the busy Freese plays with the Vandals, or the alternative strains he hammers out for Devo, another group he is a member of.
The quintet, which, besides Freese
, includes Maynard James Keenan on vocals, Billy Howardel on guitar, Jeordie White on bass and James Iha on guitar and keyboards, comes with quite a pedigree: Keenan is the frontman for Tool, Iha comes from Smashing Pumpkins and White most recently played with Marilyn Manson.
After some personnel changes (Freese remained from the first incarnation), the group released its second CD, "Thirteenth Step," ' late last year.
"They both sound like the same band," ' explains Freese
dispels a common perception that many fans and critics have had about the band.
"No, this is not a side project for any one of us," ' he