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From REG #12

REG EXCLUSIVE

by Alastair McLean


The title of this Geoff Whitehorn interview comes from a Roger Chapman album released in 1980, on which Geoff plays. John "Rabbit" Brundrick who played on "Amused To Death" stated in the interview I did with him published in REG #10, "My mate Geoff Whitehorn plays most of the guitar on the Amused To Death album. Jeff Beck is the star name, but if you listen closely, most of the intricate guitar work, apart from the heavy Jeff Beck solos, is my friend Geoff Whitehorn who played guitar in Crawler with us, he is excellent."

So I thought I would do a little research and find out: Who is Geoff Whitehorn? How did he meet Roger? A friend of mine recently saw him playing in London with Procol Harum and thought he was superb! David Clayton, again, kindly offered to help me to obtain an interview with him. He was the chap who set up the interview with "Rabbit".

Geoff Whitehorn has worked on many different albums through the years, including several Roger Chapman albums in the late 1970's and early 1980's, Manfred Mann's EarthBand, Eric Burdon, and of course not to forget his eponymous titled album in 1974. He of course played in the group Crawler, with "Rabbit" as is mentioned in the Rabbit interview.

I believe that any artist who plays with Roger Waters is of interest to REG members, and I hope Exclusive REG interviews such as this can give a little insight as to the history, influences and character of the musicians with whom Roger chooses to play. I contacted Mr. Whitehorn and was granted this exclusive interview for our fanclub. I hope you enjoy it.

Alastair:

How did you first get interested in music?

Geoff:

I can't remember ever not being interested in music really, it was something I just sort of grew up with, it was always there.

Alastair:

Could you tell us some of your early influences?

Geoff:

Shadows and The Beatles, I suppose. Then sort of Eric Clapton, and Peter Green, and Jeff Beck, Hendrix, stuff like that really.

Alastair:

When did you become friendly with Rabbit?

Geoff:

I first met Rabbit when I joined Crawler in 1976 after Paul Kossoff, unfortunately passed away. when did I become friendly with him? Don't know really we've always got on okay.

Alastair:

You played in Crawler with Rabbit, did you enjoy the experience?

Geoff:

Mostly, yes. I did musically, it was a great band. We had great fun with that. It all got a bit silly management-wise etc., kind of ended in tears, like all these things do, but yes, I enjoyed the experience enormously.

Alastair:

How did you first meet Roger Waters?

Geoff:

Nick Griffiths, the engineer, called me. He was an old mate, who I had done sessions with in the past and he asked me to come and do "patch up" work on the live recording of "The Wall in Berlin". As you probably know, they had major technical problems with that concert and some stuff kind of went missing. So I just went to do some re-enforcement guitars really, at Olympic Studios.

Alastair:

Do you play any pub gigs with Rabbit?

Geoff:

I never have. I suppose we used to do the odd knockabout fun gig, when we were with Crawler and stuff like that. Funnily enough we are talking about maybe doing some sort of Crawler gigs, just for fun really, but we will see about that one.

Alastair:

How did you first get involved with Roger's "Amused To Death" project?

Geoff:

Again, Nick Griffiths called me and asked me if I would be interested in doing a bit. So I went up to Roger's house, the billiard room studio. I was only supposed to be there for a day but I ended up there for about five days, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Alastair:

You obviously enjoyed the experience. Anyone who impressed you at the session?

Geoff:

Yes, of course, it was great. Roger is very good, very funny. Pat Leonard, the producer knew his stuff, he is a clever lad and it was great fun. Roger gave me a nice fresh salmon as well, which he had caught one morning which I thoroughly enjoyed with a bit of lemon and garlic.

Alastair:

Any stories about those sessions?

Geoff:

The best one, the only one really I can think of is when Jeff Beck came in to do some of his bits and pieces, ...your ideas of rock stars, if you like, well, he turned up looking the scruffiest I have ever seen anybody turn up ever. With his corvette, the back window open with an old Fender amp stuck in it, sort of hanging out and a beaten up old guitar and stuff, and wearing a pair of the filthiest trainers and jogging bottoms you ever saw, with the knees hanging out, a complete anti-rock star. It was great and he played his arse off, as you know.

Alastair:

Did you work on any video's for "Amused To Death"?

Geoff:

No, short answer.

Alastair:

What do you think of the final product "Amused To Death"?

Geoff:

I thought it was a great album, little bit dark, but then Roger's stuff does tend to be like that. I think it was a great disappointment that, a great shame that he didn't tour with it, because that would have been real fun. I think he is a very clever guy.

Alastair:

Any projects you are working on at the moment?

Geoff:

I'm playing still with Procol Harum, which I've been doing for the last four years. I've also been playing with Paul Rodgers from Free and Bad Company and so on. We are going to do a new album with him hopefully in January.

Alastair:

Could you tell us other artists you have worked with?

Geoff:

Loads, all sorts of people, Elke Brooks, Jimmy Nail, Paul McCartney, Manfred Mann, Chas & Dave, it goes on really, all sorts of people.

(Chas & Dave are a popular musical duo in the UK. They are Cockney's, i.e.: from London. They are particularly popular in London and the south of England.)

Alastair:

What sort of music do you like today?

Geoff:

Not much, is the answer to that. The sort of music I like today is probably the same music I liked twenty years ago. A lot of it, I don't think there is all that much going on really for mature adults really. I have started listening to a bit of Jazz, funnily enough, which is a bit out of character really, but there is actually a lot to be learned in the absence of anything new coming out.

Alastair:

What hopes do you have for your future career?

Geoff: J

ust to keep working really with good people

The End.

I would like to thank Geoff Whitehorn for taking the time to answer these questions for REG - The International Roger Waters Fan Club. Also Thanks go to David Clayton for the photo's and arranging the interview. David thanks again, a true gentleman!


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