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Interview With Graham Bonnet Band Bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Six Questions With Beth-Ami Heavenstone

Interview With Graham Bonnet Band Bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone

By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

Bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone recently returned to the music scene reuniting with the Graham Bonnet Band to help the Australian vocal legend and lyricist deliver repertoire from his colorful career with Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Impellitteri, Alcatrazz as well as GBB releases.  Boston Rock Radio would like to thank Ms. Heavenstone for this exclusive interview.

 

 

Anything new that you care to share in the happenings of the Graham fronted Alcatrazz camp?  What will the lineup be for the live and studio?  

As we are in the midst of recording the third Graham Bonnet Band album for Frontiers Music; we are focused on that at the moment. We are using the original lineup that includes myself, Conrado Pesinato on guitar, and Mark Zonder on drums. Some of the personnel will carry over from GBB and we have secured a high profile guitar player for recording as well as some touring. We are also in talks with one of the past Alcatrazz guitar players for a guest spot.

 

Graham Bonnet Band - "The Mirror Lies"

 

Playing setlists co-created by Blackmore, Malmsteen, Schenker, Vai and Impellitteri probably created some atypical bass lines from time to time? 

Some of the bass lines were a bit intimidating initially but nothing that I couldn’t contend with. MSG songs were tough because Chris Glen has huge hands and mine are very small, so I had to make up for it with speed. I love playing that material as well as the Rainbow songs because they are so tasteful and feel so beautiful. The Impellitteri songs were difficult at first because the production value made hearing the bass difficult but once I figured them out, they were fun.  Alcatrazz bass lines were designed to support the guitar and could be interpreted as “boring” but they did what they were meant to do. I love Skyfire. Steve wrote and played the bass line and it is so daunting!

As a bassist, what are your favorite basses for the road and in the studio? 

I have 10 basses ranging from a 66’ Gibson (non reversed) Thunderbird to acoustic basses to a 3/4 scale gorgeous Hofner to  a custom active pick-up BC Rich, none of which I play because I strictly use my five Fender Precisions. I use a newer model on the road and record with either my ’74 or ’83.

You have also served as a tour manager.  What is the best piece of advice that you can offer that can help in the preparation department? 

When we first put the band together, I managed, tour managed and tour coordinated our first tour. Management was easy, tour coordination was not but I got very good at it and continued in that role until the last couple of years in the band. I would advise anyone who wanted to perform any of those rolls to write everything down and get as much done up front before the tour actually begins. Don’t leave anything to the last minute. As Graham has parted ways with the manager that I hired, I am now back to management duties.

In the various lineups of the Graham Bonnet Band/Alcatrazz that you have played bass, you have played with some talented guitarists including Joey Tafolla, Joe Stump, Kurt James and Conrado Pesinato.  What were some commonalities that you feel they all shared having worked together?

I’m not sure I understand this question. I can tell you that I enjoy playing with Conrado more than I ever have with any other guitar player. He is a lovely person, super talented and super creative. He has incredible stage presence and three of us (including Graham) have wonderful musical and personal chemistry. They are all very talented players and can imitate note for note all Graham’s former guitarists well, but Con is hands down the most creative.

 

Graham Bonnet Band - “Livin' in Suspicion”

 

Have you caught any cool music documentaries on Netflix lately that you really enjoyed and perhaps learned something from? 

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this but Graham and I are addicted to British costume drama/period pieces. Graham got his professional start from his cousin's connection to the Bee Gees and we will watch the new documentary in the next couple of weeks. It may be painful for Graham as he, Barry, Robin, and Maurice were very close and he misses them all.

 

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