Pete Friesen

Pete Friesen (born as Peter Menno Friesen, in 1965) is a guitarist who has toured the world and recorded with such acts as Alice Cooper, The Almighty and Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson.

Musical History

Pete Friesen was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a member of Alice Cooper's band from 1989–1991, 1998–2000 and 2002. He played on both the 'Trash' and 'Hey Stoopid' tours, and also appears in the film Wayne's World alongside Alice. On how he got this gig, Pete is to have said: "Well, my roommate in Toronto was going to the Guitar Institute of Technology in L.A. and he just asked me if I wanted to go as well. I did a year at GIT and then hung around in LA after that. The Alice Cooper thing came about when a bass player friend of mine was going to audition for an Alice video. He asked me if I wanted to go along and it turns out that I got the gig miming bass guitar for the Poison video. That's how I got my foot in the door with Alice. He called me and asked me to audition for the touring band and I got the gig on the 1999 Trash Tour!"

Pete left Alice's band in 1992 to relocate to the UK to join Scottish rock band The Almighty. Pete recorded and toured with the band from 1992 until 1996. The band recorded the top 5 album "Powertrippin" for Polydor, and "Crank" and Just Add Life" for Chrysalis/EMI records. They opened up Donington festival in 1992 and the following year supported Metallica at Milton Keynes Bowl.They did several headline tours through the UK, as well as tours in Europe,Japan, Australia, U.S.A., and South America. They disbanded in 1996 with vocalist Ricky Warwick pursuing a solo career. The lineup featuring Pete reformed in January 2006 to play two highly successful shows to raise money for Leukaemia Research. These were followed by a couple of short UK tours in 2007 and 2008. A live DVD of the London show from the 2008 and tour has been released.

In 2002, Pete also did a short stint playing guitar for Iron Maiden's vocalist Bruce Dickinson's solo band. They did a string of summer festival dates throughout Europe.

Currently Pete plays around the south of England with Blues/Funk band "King Biscuit", and writes and records production music for London based company "Brilliant Music".

He also teaches at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, England.

Equipment

During his time with Alice Cooper, Pete's rig included:

2 Fender Tonemaster Heads
2 Fender Tonemaster Cabinets with Celestion Vintage 30's / 4x12
Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar
Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar
Fender Tobacco Sunburst Strat
Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
Boss Stereo Chorus
Morley Bad Horsie Wah
MXR Micro Amp
Hughes and Kettner Rotosphere