BEV BEVAN (Expanded Biog - updated September 2005)
Drummer Bev Bevan’s music career began in the group Denny Laine and the Diplomats, until Denny left to form The Moody Blues in 1964. In 1965, Bev joined Carl Wayne And The Vikings, which toured the UK and the German club circuit.
Later that year, he co-founded The Move and enjoyed huge success in the UK and Europe for the next 6 years. The band had over 10 hit singles in the UK alone, all written by Roy Wood, including the chart-topping Blackberry Way. In 1971, Bev co-founded the Electric Light Orchestra with Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne and went on to phenomenal worldwide success, selling millions of records and touring the world.
Bev also found time to drum with Black Sabbath and perform with Jools Holland, Lisa Stansfield, Phil Lynott, Ian Gillan, Beverly Craven, Bobby Womack, Rick Astley, fellow ELO band member Kelly Groucutt and childhood friend Jasper Carrott.
As co-leader of ELO during the 70's and 80's with Lynne, Bev ensured the group thrived as one of the world's greatest and most popular bands, scoring a multitude of hit singles and albums throughout their sixteen-year career and collecting copious amounts of gold and platinum discs.
Despite a hectic career with ELO, Bev found time to pen the now much sought after The ELO Story, one of the most refreshing and humorous books on life as a rock musician An insatiable appetite for live work and a desire to escape the increasingly studio-bound ELO led Bev to join Black Sabbath in 1983, the band who for many defined heavy metal. His powerful drumming earned him new respect among Sabbath fans worldwide and tours of the US and Europe included a headlining appearance at the 1984 Reading Festival in the UK.
In 1986, Bev organised ‘Heartbeat’ at Birmingham's NEC. One of the decade's most memorable charity concerts, it featured ELO and many of rock's biggest names and earned Bev the Birmingham Mail's Pop Personality of the Year Award. The original ELO line-up gave one of their finest ever live performances, but sadly, the show was also one of their last and they disbanded later that year.
In the 1990s, Bev founded ELO PART II and toured the world, performing with prestigious symphony orchestra’s such as the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra. Following the groups’ sell-out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall (broadcast live by the BBC) Bev decided to disband ELO PART II and “move” onto new challenges.
During 2000, Bev was invited by The Shazam to perform with them at Abbey Road Studios in London for the BBC's premier event, Music Live. Reunited with his former lead vocalist Carl Wayne, this historic day saw live performances of Move classics for BBC 1 TV and radio across the UK and to audiences worldwide (at one point reaching 100 million!)
Over the last three years, Bev has hosted his own radio show ‘Bev Bevan’s Jukebox’ on Saga 105.7FM and writes a popular album reviews section in the Sunday Mercury newspaper.
Following the tragic loss of Move lead singer Carl Wayne to cancer in 2004, Bev agreed to recreate the magic of The Move and bring the groups’ legendary hits to a new generation of fans. He called upon his ex-ELO PART II band-mates Phil Bates & Neil Lockwood and long-term friend and collaborator Phil Tree (formerly with Roy Wood’s Big Band) to join him in Bev Bevan’s Move. Currently touring the UK and Europe in support of EMI Records 5 September 2005 release of the remastered edition of The Move’s classic final album, ‘Message From the Country’ (EMI-Harvest 330 3422), Bev Bevan’s Move has been receiving incredible reviews wherever they perform.
For further information:
The Move official website – www.themoveonline.com
Message From The Country promo & media website - www.themoveonline.com/message
Bev Bevan’s Move - www.bevbevansmove.co.uk