HIT CHANNEL INTERVIEW: September 2011. We had the luck to talk with a great musician: keyboardist/bassist/guitarist Andy Bown. Andy is a permanent member of Status Quo for more than 35 years.He has also played bass with Pink Floyd in “The Wall Live” shows in 1980-81, he recorded some keyboards in Floyd’s “The Final Cut”, in Roger Waters’ “Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking” with Eric Clapton and with legendary artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Paul McCartney. His last solo album is called “Unfinished Business” and you should listen it! One of the best records of the year.Read below the very interesting things he told us:
A couple of the songs have been around for a while – I won’t say which ones – but in the main they are new, and recording them was not difficult. We just sailed through.
Are you satisfied from the feedback you got so far from fans and press for ‘Unfinished Business’?
Almost everyone who’s heard the album so far has liked it a lot. A couple of Quo fans think it sucks.
Why it took you so long to do a new solo album?
A diabolical mix of being far too busy and far too lazy.
The line-up which participates in ‘Unfinished Business’ is fantastic [Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan), Trevor Bolder (Bowie, Uriah Heep), Mick Rogers (Manfred Mann) and Mike Paxman as producer]! Why did you choose these guys particularly? Will you tour for this album?
They were the only people left in the music industry that would work with me. Haha – no, I have admired them all separately over the years and I thought it would be cool to bring them together on this project. I felt lucky.
Do you think digital way of recording (PC programs,software etc) reduces the production cost or you prefer the analog recordings?
We used a mixture of both, digitally recording analog sounds through analog equipment.
How close is a new Status Quo album? Are you doing any recordings this period?
We just released one a few weeks ago – ‘QUID PRO QUO’ and jolly good it is, too.
Do you have happy memories from ‘The Wall 80-81’ shows? Did the atmosphere within band members affect you?
I was, I suppose, affected by the atmosphere upon occasions, but never unduly because they were all gentlemen and behaved as such.
Describe us your feelings playing with Jerry Lee Lewis? Did you feel terrified at any moment?
I was permanently traumatised and have been unable to play the piano since.
It was terrific doing “Pros and Cons” – something completely different. And Eric was quiet, unassuming, friendly and professional.
Which fact (musically or not) about you,would surprise fans?
Perhaps the fact that I haven’t yet decided what I’ll do when I grow up.
Is there anyone you’d like to play with and hasn’t happened yet?
Imelda May (ed:she has worked with Jeff Beck too) ticks my box.
How possible is to play in Greece in near future?Send a message to Greek fans.
If you were to send me a shed-load of Drachmas I’d be over like two spoons of Extra Virgin! I LOVE YOU ALL !… and hello Odi in Kefalonia..
A big “THANK YOU” to Mr Andy Bown and to Peta Gleeson from Duroc Media for her help!!