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Peter Beckett’s Player To Perform At The Whisky On The Sunset Strip

Peter Beckett’s Player To Perform At The Whisky On The Sunset Strip

The legendary Peter Beckett’s Player will be making an appearance at the Whisky A Go Go on March 6th, performing at the world famous Sunset Strip venue for the very first time!  Expect Player to enrapture the audience with songs spanning a vast and epic career, including their Number One hit single Baby Come Back as well as selections from their recently issued Too Many Reasons album on Frontiers Music Highwire Daze Online recently had the opportunity to chat with the one and only Peter Beckett about their upcoming show at The Whisky, the landmark Baby Come Back song and how it has stood the test of time, witnessing The Beatles performing an early show at The Cavern, and a whole lot more!  Read on…

First of all, what are you looking forward to the most about playing the iconic Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip?
Well I’ve never played The Whisky. I’ve been in LA since 1974, which is when I came here from England. I used to go to The Whisky quite often – and The Roxy and The Rainbow and all of those places when I was younger. But I’ve actually never played there, so it’s going to be interesting. I’ve played a lot of places in between, but I’ve never played The Whisky – so it’s a first.

What could one expect from a live Peter Beckett’s Player show?
Over the years, I’ve pretty much written 97 percent of Player’s music, so they’ll be a mixture of the hits – obviously Baby Come Back, This Time I’m In For Love, It’s For You. And I had a solo album out in the early 90’s, and I regard it as my best work writing wise – and so we do several songs from that. And we had a new album out four years ago called Too Many Reasons, which was a Player album. There’s some great songs on it – we do a few things from that and we do a couple of well-known covers that everybody loves to dance to. It’s going to be a fun night.

Who is in the current membership of Peter Beckett’s Player?
We kind of dwindled since the old days. The original guys were myself, J.C. Crowley – we formed the band and wrote Baby Come Back together. And then later on we were joined by Ronn Moss and John Friesen. I’m actually the only original in the band now. You know, like all bands who have been around for 40 years or so, we’ve had legal issues, hence Peter Beckett’s Player. So who we have now – we have me – our bass player Mark Winley used to play with Johnny Winter. We have a guy called Buster Akrey who’s worked with Steely Dan. And we have Burleigh Drummond, who is actually the (original and current) drummer for Ambrosia.

Has Ambrosia and Player ever done live shows together? Or is this something you’d like to do?
They’re coming up! We have done things before. We do some of the rock cruises and both bands are on. Burleigh has to work hard because he has to do two sets – he plays with us and he plays with Ambrosia for an hour, so it’s hard work on him. He’s a hardworking dude and he can hack it. And especially with the whole Yacht Rock Movement. Since that thing has been happening, all these bands play together quite a lot. I was in Little River Band for eight years from 89 to like 97. And all these bands now work together. There’s a tour coming up – Little River Band, Player, John Waite, Ambrosia, Firefall, Orleans, Stephen Bishop, Al Stewart, Robbie Dupree, Elliot Lurie – all of these people are considered Yacht Rock people. There’s different combinations of all those people and we play together quite a lot.

What was it like working with the legendary Robert Stigwood and RSO Records on your first album?
We only officially ever met him once. He didn’t work on the album – he was the owner of the record company. We were actually signed to RSO Records by a guy called Al Coury, who was the head of RSO Records – he was the guy that signed everybody. And it was an amazing time. We had been shuffling our songs around LA for quite a while with not much success. And Crowley and I – we would go into people’s offices with acoustic guitars – play and sing harmonies. And then one day Crowley and I came up with this song Baby Come Back and everything changed. The first place we went and played, we’d do a couple of songs and then we’d do Baby Come Back and the eyes would widen. And then as we started playing to people, we started to get a lot of interest. Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter signed us to Haven Records and then they sold that label and put us on RSO. They put us with Al Coury on RSO and they put out the first