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Friday, 14 February 2014

'I'll be beat after 102 gigs in 11 months' - Rock legend Bev Bevan

Bev Bevan

Birmingham rock legend Bev Bevan faces the busiest year of his life – with an exhausting 101 gigs in just 11 months. And more are coming in by the day as the Move and ex ELO drummer’s diary fills up. Because the 69-year-old rocker is playing in no fewer than FIVE different bands.

And it's just been announced today that The Move will be a main stage attraction at the Isle of Wight festival on June 15. That’s on top of his regular work for the Sunday Mercury and BBC Radio WM as a rock and roll reviewer. “Even I’m getting confused,” laughs Bev as he juggles tour dates on a rare day off.

“It wasn’t some grand plan. It’s just that things I’ve agreed to do have mushroomed, with more and more shows being added. “It’s like the good old, bad old days of the sixties when I started out in Denny Laine and The Diplomats. Then we’d rarely have a night off all year, and we’d often play two gigs on the same night at different venues. “And we must have played at least 100 gigs with ELO when we toured America back in the 1970s.

“But this is certainly the busiest I’ve been since then.” Bev’s current tour schedule includes dates with:

*  THE BEV BEVAN BAND, who are playing dates including a February 8 slot on the four-day Giants Of Rock festival at Minehead alongside Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, Curved Air and Big Country.

*  THE MOVE, including founder members Bev and Trevor Burton, whose UK tour has just been extended, and who have just confirmed the Isle of Wight festival date on June 15.

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