Music documentary

Franky Perez and Ducati team up for live music documentary

While the COVID-19 crisis has caused some inconvenience to motorcyclists, live musicians have borne the brunt of state government responses to the pandemic. Concert halls across the country continue to be closed, making it difficult for musicians to make a living. Franky Perez is no exception.

However, after heading to a spare bedroom at her Las Vegas home to record her latest solo album, Suddenly 44, he was faced with the challenge of promoting his release.

Frank Perez and Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour

His solution is new: go on a tour from coast to coast with his Martin 000-17 Black Smoke acoustic guitar, with a Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour as a means of transport. To make this work, a Hoffee carbon fiber guitar case was tailored to the Multistrada for touring. Prepared for the tour, Perez decided to perform for free, yet still manage to follow all government guidelines related to COVID-19 imposed on him.

“Music is meant to be shared, and while digital distribution is making music a lot more accessible now, there’s no substitute for the live experience,” says Perez. “Feedback and the relationship between artist and audience are essential when performing such personal music, but with the normal approach to releasing a new album no longer possible, I have called on my friends from the famous Italian motorcycle brand Ducati to help me develop a different approach to touring.

Frank Perez, Suddenly 44, and Ducati

Ducati and Perez have collaborated to create an eight-part video series highlighting his journeys on his Crossing The Great Divide tour. Perez visits places as diverse as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Evel Knievel Museum, the Motown Museum and Times Square. He covered over 4,000 miles on the Grand Tour Multistrada 1260 S in 13 days.

In addition to his solo career, Perez has been a vocalist for Apolcalyptica and Deadland Ritual, as well as a guitarist for Scars On Broadway. He has also performed in a wide variety of all-star cover groups, including the Ducati All-Stars with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Billy Morrison and Chris Wyse of The Cult, and Steve Stevens of Billy Idol.

Franky Perez ‘Crossing The Great Divide Tour Photo Gallery