American-made Rockets Hit Red Square. Producer, composer and master guitarist Brian Ray had been an Electroplex customer for nearly four years when, in 2002, he got the call of a lifetime: to audition for a spot in Paul McCartney’s new touring band. Prior to getting the call Brian enjoyed a colorful and storied career, spending 14 years as Etta James’ music director and guitarist, plus touring and collaborating with numerous stars of the music industry including Peter Frampton, Rita Coolidge and Johnny Holiday. Still, when Brian got the call from Paul’s people, it seemed almost unreal.
Brian passed the audition and starting touring with Paul in 2002. He took two Rocket 50 heads, each powering a 4×12 cab with Vintage 30’s. Brian would play through one at a time, and have the second Rocket ready as a backup. Happily, through several years of touring and two world tours, the backup Rocket was never needed. The Rockets, in blond tolex and burgundy grille, would be lined up side-by-side in back of Brian; stage right, and right in front of Paul’s grand piano.
Brian took his Rockets everywhere, to almost every major venue in the free world, and to very high-profile events including the Queen’s 50th Anniversary Bash, hosted by none other than Prince Charles. The Bash was a “who’s who” of British rock and pop icons, and Brian relished every second of it! Side note: I gave Brian’s Rockets a check up after that gig, and literally pulled out some of the confetti that was unleashed at the climax of the event.