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BEATLES MAGAZINE: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN RAY

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Brian Ray is a great person, great musician, guitarist, bassist, singer–songwriter and musical director, is rhythm, lead and bass guitarist with Paul McCartney many years ago…he has worked with an extensive list of artists in addition to his own solo career with The Bayonets…thank you Brian!

BEATLES MAGAZINE: Your first contact with the music was at the age of 9 years old , you saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show and you witnessed Beatlemania . How do you remember that ?

BRIAN RAY: Well , you know, I just remember hearing the songs on the radio and recognizing that there was a different sound that anything I was used to. And I was very in the music from the very young age, from 3 or 4  age already . but when the Beatles came , it was a sort of a combination of all of the coolest things I ever heard before mixed together by a band of brothers who were the same age , so when I  – roughly the same age  – . When I tuned into the television show – the Ed Sullivan show – that night like so many people in the world did , I was transported into a dream world and I’ve never woken up from that dream world .
When the Beatles arrived you really had this feeling that these 4 guys are a unit and they decide what they sound like . They sounded so vital and different and I was taken and I’ve never waken up of it . Thanks God !

BM: Many musicians dream of playing with Paul McCartney . Did you ever imagine you would be there in a band with Paul ?

BR: Well you know , when I was young I would dream about being succesful , succesful in music  . I guess for me I had dreams and I always believe I was meant to do something bigger than even my imagination . I didn’t think : “The Beatles ” , because they are sort of Gods and they were a band , so I never really thought about Paul is the solo artist that I will play with him one day , but I always saw myself doing something big . I didn’t know what , but it´s a kind of thing you can’t even admit to your friends , because it sounds ridiculous . It sounds like – you know – they laughing at you , so I didn’t want to admit it loud , but yes ,  I thought something is gonna happen .

BM: What is like to be there with Paul and to work with him ?


BR: You know , Paul is , before anything else , he’s a man , he’s a family man , he’s a father , he’s a friend , a kind hardy man , so you start with that first and then you hear his catalogue of music and his ability that still play all of the songs he wrote 50 years ago , the ability to still write songs, so you feel like you’re really doing something special , not because he’s a superstar , but because he’s a super talent and a pretty super person , so you know , it’s a gift that  I can even quantify . It’s a gift !

BM: What do you like more from Paul  ?
BR: Musically , what I like more ?  I don’t know , it’s hard to say . I like rock and I like his work. So I like everything from Queenie eye – New to And I love her to Helter Skelter . Think of the dynamics that he can employ as a singer , as a songwriter and as a musician . You can’t name no one in the planet that can do those 3 things and with so much diversity and variety . There’s no one else . Think about . There are great singers , there are great writers , there are great musicians , but how many of them do all 3 and then do it from And I love her to helter Skelter . I can’t name one  . No one !





BM: What do you like more when you are not on tour or when you are home ?
BR: When I’m home I really like a life style, I like the ocean. And I enjoy the company of my friends , my family . My parents are getting older now , so I’m treasuring my time with them and I behave me like a good son and they need me. I have a very simple life, I like unplugged , I have a lovely home with the ocean view , I like to do what I like , have nice meals with nice friends , read a little bit , bycicling on the beach on  ( White Palm ) , walk my dog , and hang out with who I love . It’s pretty simple !

BM: Charlie!…the lovely Charlie!
BR: Oh , Charlie ! It’s the sweetest dog! and I also collect vintage guitars and I like vintage american cars . So I have a few hobbies , yeah  !
BM: Brian tell me more about  THE  BAYONETS on ROBO RECORDS . When will the new material be released ? What´s the title of this new  album ?
BR: Well , I have a friend called Rob who has been a supporter of my solo music for 10 years , really since 2005 – almost 10 years – he was guiding me then way back , he helped me with the physical release of THIS WAY UP , my second solo album , did some advicing and some assistance. Now The Bayonets had a first song last year , and I played him  “SUCKER FOR LOVE” and “SMARTPHONE” – first 2 singles, a success on the radio.  The title of the new album is Crash , boom , bang 

BM: Is the new album totally different from MONDO MAGNET or THIS WAY UP ?
BR: Yeah , it’s very different ! You know , the Bayonets is a partnership between myself and Oliver, who’s a really good songwriter and producer in his own right . He’s been working for , you know , 30 years in his own field doing Pop …. beat music for people like …. Adam lambert ,…. Rod Stewart , ….. Paula Abdul…   He is a very , very strong talent , so our music takes a different angle in my solo stuff . Oliver also wrote with me my solo material . He wrote 4 , 5 songs in my first 2 records.

BM: How do you  write the songs with Oliver ?
BR: Well , with Oliver – like any songwriter – it starts with one of us having the beginning of an idea , wether it’s a title or a guitar lick or a melody or sometimes close to a whole song almost finished .

BM: Is there any method of writing songs together ?
BR: Well , I usually doing most of the chords and the melody and hearing the arrangements in my head , off the pallet of sound, and Oliver – he’s an incredibly lyricist – so usually , say 8 times out of 10 , Oliver writing the lyrics  – kind of bubbling in his head , I throw a line , he’ll write a line and I throw a line and he’ll improve that line and so it’s a great partnership , we really have a lot of fun laughing . And in a couple of songs he came to me with the start of the song . “SUCKER FOR LOVE” was his beginning and a new song called “WOODO DOG” on the new record was his beginning and then I finished it.

BM: Any future plans for the Bayonets this year , or in 2015 ?  Will be there any tours?

BR: Yeah , I hope to do a record release party , ’cause the album released following on Robo records in July , I make the date clear later, but are 10 newest songs, 10 songs , 5 from last year …This July , coming soon !

BM: Thank you so much dear Brian
BR: Thank you, thank you Beatles Magazine is a great place to turn for the latest news on the world´s greatest band!

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BEATLES MAGAZINE : MARK LEWISOHN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a biographical trilogy by the world’s leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962.
Tune In is the lesser-known Beatles story—the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg—and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years,” an imposing book, with 944 pages, it’s the first of three volumes, the other two expected to four and six years.The book constitutes interwoven individual biographies of each member of the Fab Four.
Said  Mark Lewisohn: “What he didn’t know all the time he was saying that is that I was doing it. I’ve done the best possible job I can”. And about Ringo, Mark said: “His story, the Richy Starkey story, is one of the real strengths of this book. Despite the strength of John, Paul and George’s stories, the Richy story (he always writes it with a Y)- is about the strongest of them all.That’s a tremendous story,” Lewisohn said.
BEATLES MAGAZINE: Having been yourself a big Beatles fan for so many years, what were your first impressions when you saw and talked for the first time with Paul, George and Ringo?
MARK LEWISOHN: The first ex-Beatle I met was George, in 1979, when he went into theBBC to appear on a radio show. We had a few words, and I asked him for an interview, which he didn’t give. I met George a few timesafter that and had a mixture of experiences. I don’t know Ringo. I got to know Paul pretty well and have many memories – mostly great ones – of working with him for fifteen years, from 1987 to 2002.
BM: You were one of the first researchers of the BBC radio sessions. I remember you reviewed these sessions in a 2-parts article in Beatles Monthly magazine many years ago. Did you ever wish to publish a book about these BBC sessions?
ML: I wrote a lot about the Beatles’ BBC radio and TV appearances in The Complete Beatles Chronicle, as well as their radio and TV work for other broadcasters. Beyond that, no, I didn’t want to write a bookabout it. The subject interest me greatly, and I’ve been researching itsince 1979 (those magazine pieces were published in 1980), but I leave the books to my friend Kevin Howlett.
BM: Knowing that you are an accurate researcher with journalist methodology, what do you consider the most amazing or surprising facts you have discovered while researching for your newest book TUNE IN?
ML: I really can’t say – there were so many. My feeling before I started the book was that the Beatles’ story had never really been told properly – and during my years of research, and then writing, I was managing to prove that pretty much every working day. One of the things that most pleases me about the reactions from people who’ve read TUNE IN, and also the people who’ve reviewed it, is that they’re all finding different things to excite them, different things they hadn’t known before and are enjoying for the first time, So I’m sorry, but it is impossible to name just one.
BM: Is a very hard question but If you have to choose just one Beatles favourite song and one Beatles favourite LP, which ones would be and why?
BM: How many people who love the Beatles’ music can specify their favourite song or favourite album?  I certainly can’t. It’s part of the Beatles’ appeal that so much in their catalogue – in fact almost everything – is of special appeal
BM: Beatle fans around the world are waiting anxiously to read TUNE IN. What are you own expectations with your new book? Can you tell us some more surprising facts that will appear in your next 2 books about the Beatles’ life?

ML: My main hope is that after people have read it they’ll have a clearer, sharper picture in their head of who the Beatles were and what made them so different to everyone else. Therefore, I hope that the Beatles will be better understood, and knowledge of them and their work will be more thorough and accurate for all the years, decades and centuries to come. As for volumes 2 and 3: it’s way too early for me to start giving away the content. All I’ll say at this point is that the degree to which readers have been surprised by volume 1 will continue.

 

BM: Thank you so much Mark, i´ts been an honour to talk with you.

 

ML:Thank you for your interest and All the Best!

BEATLES MAGAZINE : ED RUDY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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…New York City, Washington DC, New York again, Miami Beach, Florida, and again return to NYC for flight to London comprised the itinerary of The Beatles’ first American Tour in February 1964… and ED RUDY WAS THERE!…
 

Shortly after landing in America from England, on February 7th, at the start of the First Beatles’ American Tour, The Beatles dazzled the world with their perspicacity, humor and charm when they answered reporters’ queries at the iconic Idlewild Airport (now JFK) press conference. Ed met The Beatles at Kennedy Airport, covered them at the Plaza Hotel on Park Avenue, traveled with them to Washington DC for their first US concert, reported on their shows at Carnegie Hall, and headed with them to Miami later that week, even sharing a suite with George Harrison at the Deauville Hotel on Collins Avenue.

Of course, The Beatles’ quick wit attracted huge very positive international film, newsreel, television and other press coverage. The Beatles also caused a great teen fan uproar while they were headquartered at NYC’s Plaza Hotel. The Beatles, on their first American tour, appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and, prior to that performance, recorded another show at the theatre which would be their third Ed Sullivan appearance.

The Beatles well photographed and documented, then traveled by rail, because the weather was bad,  and performed and were filmed at their first major American sold out performance concert in the Washington D.C. Coliseum. 

They were also honored at an internationally publicized Ambassador’s reception at the British Embassy in Washington. With The Beatles, we then returned to New York for The Beatles’ celebrity studded SRO performance at NYC’s famed Carnegie Hall.
The Beatles flew to Florida with Ed Rudy, for their second Ed Sullivan Show performance at The Deauville Hotel.  The Beatles, their entourage and Brian Epstein enjoyed their stay at the luxurious Deauville in Miami Beach. Wonderful weather, great press coverage and marvelous fan reaction were the impetus for what became an extended stay in sunny Miami, Florida.
Along with The Beatles, Brian Epstein, Malcolm Evans, etc.Ed returned to the original New York airport (now JFK) before the marvelous Liverpool lads and entourage continued on their return flight to London.
This was the first American Tour of The Beatles and the start of American Beatlemania! and Ed Rudy now a Miami resident, was very much involved as a radio and television reporter and journalist. He tell us about this….Happy 50th, Ed! You were there!


BEATLES MAGAZINE:  Ed you were  the only reporter  who followed  the group for the entire USA tour …

ED RUDY:  I was the only American reporter to accompany The Beatles on their first American Tour, though there were many international reporters and photographers on the tour and many local journalists at each stop.
Our life changing relationship with The Beatles, though the prism of a very experienced journalist and radio and television interviewer and commentator, almost immediately converted us to aficionados of the fab four Liverpool Lads!
BM: Which of the Beatles you knew better ?
ED: We enjoyed our relationship with all of The Beatles, but probably influenced by the fact that we both lived in NYC, maintained a close relationship with only John Lennon until his tragic and untimely assassination, by a deranged fan, as he returned to his apartment at 1 West 72nd Street (The Dakota), in Manhattan.
John Lennon was, unquestionably, the leader of The Beatles, Paul McCartney was, as fans proclaimed, very talented and ‘the pretty Beatle”, George Harrison, the youngest, was very friendly personally but in public very much “the quiet Beatle”, and Richard “Ringo” Starr , the oldest, most professionally experienced, shortest and most recent addition, was “the different Beatle”!
BM: You saw the shows at the Washington Coliseum and Carnegie Hall, tell me about your experience.
ED: We have probably been present and enjoyed more Beatles’ concerts and performances than anyone else, except The Beatles and their managers.
All were outstanding despite often being difficult to hear because of very enthusiastic and loud fan reaction. 

BM: What´s the most precious memory?

ED: Their first appearance on Ed Sullivan TV show was of the true highlights of “The American Tour with Ed Rudy” first Beatles´USA visit.

 

BM:  You have a great  albums from the period of Beatlemania. Really a interest collection piece of the Beatles´story  wich  contains a collage of comments by East Coast fans, press conferences   and Beatles inteviews . Please tell me more about this

ED: These documentary albums are an historical footprint of Beatlemania in America. They’re fun, upbeat and an innocent reflection of the times, catching The Beatles in playful, off-guard character as they plunged full force into the American mainstream. Today these two interview albums have been digitally remastered and speed corrected for broadcast and are now available for your personal collection. The world famous recordings are part of the digital DNA of The Beatles mark on America and are clearly a must-have for Beatle fans who want to hear the true, inside story on The Beatles American Invasion.

 

BM: The Beatles dubbed you  “Ed Rudy, The Fifth Beatle” in some broadcast…

ED: We were flattered and very pleased when
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr dubbed “Ed Rudy, The Fifth Beatle” in international broadcasts while we interviewed the for a huge network of 440 broadcast operations.
BM: What is your opinion about the Beatlemania  of  today?

ED: Beatlemania was born in the UK and became a world changing event for all young people when the phenomenon arrived in the USA on February 7th, 1964. Fifty years later, one half century, 2014, we can see that the change has certainly not been limited to musical tastes only. Beatlemania continues to reach across all generations in the universe and permanently made our planet more progressive, friendlier, more accepting of difference and change, and a much more peaceful place .

 BM: Thank you very much Ed, you are part of the Beatles´story, a pleasure talk with you and a honour to me.
ED: Love the concept of BEATLES MAGAZINE! is an excellent site for autenthic Beatles related news, in English and spanish. This publication should prove to bevery popular for english and spanish speaking fans around the world. Si es verdad! we have a very high opinion of BEATLES MAGAZINE!. We will always be available to you, Lovely Rita!

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BEATLES MAGAZINE: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HEIDI JO HINES

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Heidi Jo Hines, singer, songwriter and guitarist, with a great, powerfull and lovely voice, really is a talent as a rock singer.
Heidi is daughter of two great persons: Denny Laine and Jo Jo Hines  and have two lovely childs Jaylie and Jesse. With influences from the Stones, Janis Joplin, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple & many more musical greats of the past Heidi and his rock band Earth Prayer -sound fresh and vital- from London are on a mission to bring back Rock n’ Roll in it’s truest form.
Earth Prayer is: Heidi Jo Hines-lead singer, Ian Montlake-lead guitarist, Max Edwards-Bass, Gonzalo Carrera-Keys and Nicola Barchiesi-Drums. 2014 is the year of Earth Prayer…and we talked about it! …



Parents: Denny Laine and Jo Jo Hines

BEATLES  MAGAZINE: Heidi, you began very young in the music…which was the opinion of your parents about you pursuing a musical career?

Heidi Jo Hines: Both my parents are musical, so it wasn’t even a question growing up, I naturally gravitated towards it and they supported me. when I was 21 My father advised me to study and go to theatre school to train properly ,but I ended up on a different path learning the hard way on my own, which took longer, but I wouldn’t change a thing. 

My mother also wanted me to pursue art as I love to draw ,so I took Graphic design for a year ,but it didn’t give me the same thrill ,so I switched my subject to Music Theory, but only for a year as I moved back to England. The rest, as they say…is history.

 

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BM: What have been your musical influences?

HJH: Both my parents of course,  Janis Joplin,Aretha Franklin , Michael Jackson,and creedance clearwater… there are too many to mention.

 

BM: Heidi you  touring with Wings in the seventies, can you tell me about this days?

HJH: It was a lot of fun , I remember being on planes, tour buses, living like a gipsy and loving it. Being back stage was fun, I remember seeing Wings performing from the side of the stage and I was dancing along . The whole atmosphere was magical!

BM: You have contact with the McCartney´ family? with Mary or Stella?
HJH: Not anymore, I used to see Paul and Linda years ago around where I live as we lived in the same area and everytime I would see them, they were very warm and would always greet me with a big hug, but I moved to America and lost touch. 
Mary’s children attended the same school as mine so we would see eachother and say hello. I saw stella years ago and she remembered me from when I used to go to their house during the wings days ,she was very lovely, but I haven’t seen her since.
BM: You are a mother to two beautiful children, they like music?

HJH: Yes very much, My daughter Jaylie who’s 12  loves to sing and act, she is a natural.Jesse my son is equally as talented and has such a sweet voice.

 

BM: Please tell me about  “Everything I ever Wanted” a session with your father and great musicians
HJH: I was working with my friend Keyboardist Gonzalo Carrera on a project and we were asked by Odette Winstanley from the Classic Rock Society to perform on’ Everything I ever wanted’ a song she wrote to raise funds for the CRS.
Gonzalo is good friends with Hugh McDowell (ELO)so he asked him if he would play the Cello . Andy Thomas has done sessions for David Bowie,George Benson and Steve Winwood, did the  Programmed drums and my dad Denny Laine (Wings/Moody Blues)who happened to be in the country at the time did the lead guitar. 
It was a great experience to be on such a lovely record with such talented musicians.

BM: Do you include Wings´ songs or your father in the setlist of your shows?

HJH: Not with my band Earthprayer , but Gonzalo and I do a covers duo ocassionally and I sang “Mull of Kintyre” for the first time recently ,it went down a storm.. so watch this space.

BM: New projects to this new year with your group Earthprayer? Maybe a new album… maybe a tour?

HJH: Yes this year will see the proper birth of Earthprayer , we’ve recently signed with manager Geoff Eaton in the states with his company Respectable Artists, we will be releasing our EP through Respectable, distributed by Universal/Interscope… and touring parts of Europe.

BM: Thank you very much Heidi, is a honour talk with you, thank you.

HJH: I´m really grateful to be asked by you to be interview for Beatles Magazine, it´s one of the best Online Magazines out there and very well respect!. 

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