AN Inverness guitarist has been invited to join a brand new line-up of T.Rex featuring original drummer Bill Legend to record and tour.
Ross McEwen – best-known for his part in local band Roadway – will join the international touring line up of the band and heads out to Berlin next month to record his guitar parts for the album of new material, Mover And The Groover.
Ross laughed: “The last T.Rex album was in 1977 – 11 years before I was born!”
Ross got the call to join the new line-up after working with ex-Bad Company guitarist Dave Colwell who had tipped off the T.Rex team about the Inverness guitarist.
Ross said: “I was contacted in February while I was out teaching in the United States asking if I’d be interested in joining this project.
“I was aware of the singer Danny McCoy and of course original drummer Bill Legend, but we hadn’t really spoken before. They were aware of my work through Dave – which I was surprised and thrilled to hear. We had a few Skype chats while I was out there and I happily accepted the offer to join the line-up.”
There will be live shows in Germany in August – starting in Berlin – as well as the album and Ross revealed he had already been rehearsing hard on T.Rex’s back catalogue before the official band reharsals in Germany in April and May.
“T.Rex has a great legacy and a huge catalogue of songs and material which is recognised around the world. I’ve spoken a great deal with Danny and the management with regards to me working on this project and everyone has been a delight to speak to so far.
“I’m very happy to step into what seems to be a well-organised band with a clear mission – to bring the music of T.Rex to the people who love it.
“Marc Bolan is irreplaceable and there are some terrific T.Rex tribute bands about – and even a Marc Bolan musical.
“But this isn’t a tribute band, we’re lucky enough to have Bill on board, who performed on all of the hits and I understand he is the last living member of that most successful line-up of the band, which adds something special to it all.”
Lead vocalist will be Danny McCoy, who as well as touring his own T.Rex show around Europe for several years was also a member of Micky Finn’s T.Rex in the early 2000s. Backing vocalist Claudi Schell as well as guitarist Fred Zahl – who has previously played with Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison – make up the full line up.
Though the invitation has meant that Ross’s own solo album will go on hold until the T.Rex project and tour is complete, he has a dream that perhaps T.Rex might play a gig on his home patch.
As well as playing with Roadway, Ross has played with ex-Bad Company guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell, and has worked with members of Rainbow, Foreigner, the Marianne Faithful band, The Small Faces and many more.
“The projects I am involved in unfortunately rarely visit Inverness, but hopefully there are some Scottish Highland shows in T.Rex’s future. I think something like the Belladrum Festival would be perfect for the band.
“But I’m also looking forward to visiting new countries. It’s a great opportunity for me and something I value a great deal – I can’t wait to get stuck in and on stage!”
Tour dates will be posted on the band’s official website: www.trex-music.com as they become available.