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Unexpected Illness Forces Mahogany Rush Guitarist Frank Marino into Retirement

Frank Marino performing live at San Francisco's The Winterland Ballroom in 1976
Frank Marino performing live at San Francisco's The Winterland Ballroom in 1976 (Image credit: Richard McCaffrey/ Michael Ochs Archive/ Getty Images)

“With sorrow I am forced to announce my immediate retirement from touring, and possibly all things related to continuing my career,” reads the announcement on Mahogany Rush’s official website (opens in new tab)

The crushing news of Marino’s early retirement came today ahead of his tour scheduled for later this year. Fans can only speculate about the specifics, although his unsettling statement continues…

"I want to thank all the people who supported me all of the last half-century. I know that many were looking forward to seeing us play this fall and I was looking forward to getting out again and doing more shows, but it now appears that in the absence of a miraculous recovery, my Concert DVD (Live at the Agora) will constitute the last show I will ever have played. I ask any that are believers to include me in their prayers."

Frank Marino performs November 1982 in New York City

Frank Marino performing in New York City in 1982 (Image credit: Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

As a highly gifted player and founding member of Canadian rockers Mahogany Rush, Marino is cited as being of major importance by many, including Zakk Wilde, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Vai

Forming in Montreal in 1970, Mahogany Rush went on to release a slew of highly acclaimed studio albums over the years with Marino firmly in the spotlight as the band’s de facto leader.

Frank Marino performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.

Frank Marino performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1977 (Image credit: Gus Stewart/Redferns/Getty)

For a taster of Marino’s incredible guitar skills check out this trailer for his recent DVD release, “Frank Marino: Live at the Agora Theatre”...

Purchase the Frank Marino: Live At The Agora Theatre DVD here (opens in new tab).