[Read more about this in “Burned By The Stones”
] I was most fortunate to get a credit on the album, and of course, bragging rights at the next NAMM Show!
In August of 1998 veteran guitarist and showman Brian Ray purchased a Rocket 50 head. At the time Brian had a long list of credits, including a 14-year association with Etta James, then many others including Peter Frampton, Rita Coolidge and Johnny Holiday. Then in 2002 Brian landed a spot in Paul McCartney’s touring band, as second guitarist and bassist. While it was (and is) the “gig of a lifetime”, it really was a natural progression for Brian’s stellar career.
For his first two tours with Paul, Brian used two Rocket 50 heads, each with 4×12 cabs. The Rockets circled the globe twice with Brian, playing for Queen Elizabeth II at her 50-anniversary celebration. Afterwards, while giving Brian’s Rockets a check up, I pulled the Queens confetti out of the amps!
The second tour culminated with Paul’s historic concert in Red Square, Moscow, marking the first time American-made “Rockets” were seen in Red Square! [Read more about this in “US Rockets Hit Red Square”]
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