JB: Do you see the current line-up as a continuation of The Move or a case revisiting the band?
JB: Birmingham was a real hotbed of talent in the 60’s?
JB: Similarly to Liverpool I guess there were lots of great bands working who just never got discovered?
JB: Do you think the Move have been undervalued over the years?
JB: Thought lost for over 30 years, the master tapes from The Move’s shows at the Fillmore West were saved by Carl Wayne but suffered technical problems and could not be released. Thanks to advances in studio technology, Carl began restoring the tapes in 2003. Sadly Carl died in 2004 and was never able to complete the live album he believed would show how incredible The Move were as a live band. Now, with the full cooperation and permission of his wife Sue Wayne, the tapes have been painstakingly restored, remastered and released in memory of The Move’s dynamic front man and lead singer. The new release of the USA tour in 1969 is a great listen and shows an incredibly versatile band?
Bev: Well, I know that’s ‘69 and it was really Carl Wayne’s last performances with the band, but that is a lot more like what we were when we started out really. We were very chameleon like, we were able to change direction at any given moment. We were forever changing our image. We had a manager who was publicity mad called Tony Secunda and he was forever changing our image. We were in gangster suits as hard men for the first single ‘Night of Fear’, by the time we got to the third one, ‘Flowers in the Rain’, we were all hippies and then by ‘Fire Brigade’ we were all on motorbikes and wearing black leather! I don’t think even we knew what we were supposed to be half the time!
JB: Wilson sued The Move for libel and the group lost the subsequent court case. As a result they had to pay all costs and all future royalties were awarded to charities of Wilson’s choice. The ruling remains in place today, even after Wilson’s death in 1995. ‘Flowers in the Rain’ was the first chart single played on Radio 1 when it began broadcasting at 7am on 30th September 1967, introduced by Tony Blackburn. Do people focus too much on the Harold Wilson incident and Flowers in the Rain as first song on Radio 1 and forget the other things The Move achieved?
JB: Between 1971 and 1986 ELO released 11 studio albums enjoying huge success all over the world. The group achieved 20 Top 20 UK hit singles and also hold the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100, Top 40 hits in US chart history without ever having a number 1. They have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Would it be fair to say that there was a point in the 70’s with ELO where you were just about the biggest band on the planet?
JB: That must have been a real feat of concentration and endurance?
JB: Might ELO have been even bigger had Jeff not been quite a reluctant live performer?
JB: Do think Jeff might have been put off by an incident early on in his time with The Move?
JB: What are the downsides to touring?
JB: Was there ever a chance of you being involved with the Zoom album?
JB: You also had a spell with Black Sabbath in the 80’s?
JB: You worked as a fundraiser for The Birmingham Children’s Hospital. You must be very proud of what you achieved with Heartbeat?
JB: Are you a steering wheel drummer?
JB: Starting out at The Beehive you’ve been drummer, rock star, TV personality on Pop Quiz in the 80’s, author, DJ, fund raiser – is there anything left on the to do list?
Bev: I’ve been very fortunate, got to work with some great people and avoided having a proper job all these years!
JB: Village Times would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Bev Bevan for agreeing to participate in this interview.
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] wish to thank Jason Bate and The Village Times for their kind permission to edit and publish the above interview with Bev Bevan. This interview remains the copyright of Jason Bate t/a The Village Times.
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Village Times and Brewood Music Festival to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, The Beatles, 'Brum Beat' and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-May-2012