Highlights and low-points
Playing with Brian May and with Queen is always a thrill. Brian has always been in my “top 5 guitarist ever” list. Having Paul McCartney get up with the World Famous Red Sox and sharing a mic with him at his daughter’s 25th was a real thrill. We sang the Beatles’ “Birthday”.
The Pacaminos and the SAS Band are always HUGE fun…every time. The Party in the Park is always a great gig too.
The low points have to be losing some close and dear friends and fellow band members. Cozy and “Mad” Paul Young (Mike & the Mechanics), you’re in my heart.
Main musical influences
The Beatles, Brian May, Jimi, James Brown, Credence, Sly and the Family Stone, etc, etc.
I’m very lucky to be able to play with so many talented singers and musicians and I NEVER take that for granted. Who could have a better job than this?!
Working with Queen + Paul Rodgers and the legendary Brian May
Paul is and always has been one of my favourite all-time singers. He makes it look so easy. Lovely guy too. And how can a band fail with Roger on the kit – he’s so powerful!
Brian IS “The Gentleman of Rock”. Just to hear that huge sound that he puts out makes me go all gooey! The harmony guitar thing works great, too.
Learning different bands songs and sets
They send me CD’s or MP3’s and I simply sit down and learn them. Some acts are fussier than others about how authentic they want the parts to be.
The SAS Band was formed after the 1993 Brian May tour. We wanted to carry on and Brian didn’t at the time, so we got a load of our celeb mates to do the singing.
The World Famous Red Sox
The Red Sox is our party band. Basically the SAS band stripped down to a 4-piece with just li’i old us singing.
I’d love to work with James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Prince. My fantasy band would be all my friends in the same group. And Jimi Hendrix!