End of road for Blackberry Way
By Ralph Gowling
“Many thanks to everyone who has been to a Move show since that debut show at the Belfry on January 23, 1966, and to all of those who are coming along to these last few shows.”
Bev Bevan has announced the current Move UK tour is their last because he and fellow original Trevor Burton are embarking on separate new projects.
“And so the end is near,” said Bev, original drummer with both The Move and Electric Light Orchestra. “We are having a good time, playing to fans old and new. However, I am sad to say that this will be the last time. The reason is that the future is already getting choc-a-bloc with other projects that I am really excited about.
“Trevor and I got back together a few years ago on a show called “Brum Rocks Live”. It was there we decided to go with an idea that Carl Wayne had had a few years before and put the band back for a few gigs.
“So we started to do a few festivals and the odd one-off date here and there in between our other commitments. Then, finally ,some five years later we have managed to get a full tour in and it has been fantastic.
“The memories of gigging with Carl, Roy Wood, Ace Kefford, Rick Price and Jeff Lynne have come flooding back. Trevor has been literally blowing the roof off.
“If you have been to a show I am sure you will agree, and we still have a few more to go before we move on to the next gigs which, I am happy to say, brings us all back together ‘Stand Up And Rock’ with Jasper Carrott, Geoff Turton and Joy Strachan-Brain. Make sure you come down to a gig. We have some absolutely great songs planned and I know tickets are already flying out.
“In 2015, Trevor and I both have our own bands on the road – Trevor with the Trevor Burton Band and me with the Bev Bevan Rock Band and as percussionist with Quill. Plus I am working ideas for another radio series, as well as continuing to write CD reviews for the Sunday Mercury and 24/Seven magazine.
“Many thanks to everyone who has been to a Move show since that debut show at the Belfry on January 23, 1966, and to all of those who are coming along to these last few shows.
“Hey – it’s been a blast!”
The Move began their present UK tour in March, playing small venues in hopes of being up close and personal with the fans – just like it was when the band first started out in the 1960s.
With Bev on drums/vocals and Trevor on guitar/vocals, the group’s other two members are Phil Tree on bass/vocals and Tony Kelsey on guitar/vocals.
The original Move line-up was Bev, Trevor, Carl Wayne (lead vocals), Roy Wood (guitar/vocals) and Ace Kefford (bass).
Roy was the songwriting force behind The Move’s success when they broke through in 1967/68 with ‘Night Of Fear’, ‘I Can Hear The Grass Grow’,
‘Flowers In The Rain’ and ‘Fire Brigade’ all making the UK top 10. The Move had a massive worldwide No.1 in 1969 with ‘Blackberry Way’ and further hits with the likes of ‘Brontosaurus’, ‘California Man’, and ‘Tonight’.
In a series of personnel changes, Ace Kefford, Trevor Burton and Carl Wayne left the group.
Rick Price and Jeff Lynne were brought in and, as the 1970s approached, they, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan helped form the Electric Light Orchestra, bringing down the curtain on The Move.