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In the Venice Paparazzi spotlight: Peace Frog’s Tony Fernandez



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Article by Alexander Stowell.

Today the Venice Paparazzi “Pass The Spotlight” shines on Tony Fernandez, the Jim Morrison of The Doors tribute band Peace Frog.

Pass the Spotlight is a transferable interview that is passed from person to person in the Venice community. Whoever is completing the interview gets to choose who the goes next. The purpose is to shine a light on all the positive things being done by the fantastic folks in our town!  Maybe you will be next!

If you have been in the V for any length of time you have probably seen, or at least heard, PeaceFrog  tearing it up on Sunday afternoon at what was the Venice Bistro.  

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Tony was raised in Playa Del Rey, and has been a lover of Venice, and The Door’s since childhood.  Originally drawn to their music as an escape from an abusive father, Tony is a living, breathing, tribute to The Doors culture, and specifically Jim Morrison.  He has  visited Morrison’s grave in France, jammed with Doors guitarist Robby Kreiger, and done charity work with late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek. 
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And, Tony is a follower of many of Jim’s life philosophies 
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Care for mother Earth, live each day like it is your last, and If you are not going to give it 110%, don’t do it, are just a few of the Lizard King’s ways that Tony embraces. 
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In the early days of Peace Frog, Tony even followed Morrison’s lead in regards to drinking.  But, eventually the alcohol had to go, as Peace Frog took center stage.
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Sober for five years, Fernandez cite his sobriety as his biggest accomplishment.
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With a weekly Sunday gig at Venice Bistro, Peace Frog has long been a staple of Venice music culture.  Now that the Bistro has remodeled, and reopened under new ownership as The Venice Beach Bar, Peace Frog is picking up where they left off, throwing down the jams on Oceanfront Walk.  
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If you have not had a chance to witness the ultimate Door’s tribute band live, you should!    
Their next gig is at The Venice Beach Bar on April 2, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. They often sell out, so buying tickets in advance is always a great idea.   Click here for all upcoming shows.
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16938451_10158287323940261_6425007823087010101_nStill on the to do list for Peace Frog is headlining the Santa Monica Pier Concert Series, and recording an original tune with Marky Lennon of Venice The Band. 
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Aside from gigging, a perfect day in Venice for Tony includes taking a walk with his dog, Venice Girl, grabbing a coffee, strolling  the boardwalk, talking with the artists, and hanging with his wife while watching the sun set over the Pacific.
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All things that Jim Morrison probably did as well!  Except Morrison was not married, but that is just a technicality. 
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See you at The Venice Beach Bar for Peace Frog!
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Jim Morrison mural by Rip Cronk located on Speedway and 19th Street in Venice, Ca
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ADDITIONAL Q & A’S WITH TONY FERNADEZ:
  
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10419623_10202859336139690_4266690146641647356_nDefine success: Success is designing and enjoying the process of fulfilling your specific, designed life instead of letting life design one for you.
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What/who inspires you?
Tony Robbins
Jim Morrison 12 step meetings
Musicares Love Political Science
Traveling
My wife
My Dog name “Venice Girl”
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Favorite affirmation, mantra, or quote
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you’re capable of becoming. John Wooden
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Your favorite Venice event(s) or activities:
January 4 2017 The Day of The Doors event Commentating the 50th anniversary of the The Doors release of the first album and the lighting of the doors sign with Robby Krieger and John Desmore
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Anything else you want to share about yourself to the world
Please let’s take care of Mother Earth. She’s dying and eventually is going to buck us off her like a horse bucks a person they doesnt want them their back anymore.
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Jan. 4, 2017. Day of The Doors. Venice, California. #VeniceBeachFun © www.VenicePaparazzi.com
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