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Bio of Band Members (2002-present)

NOTE: Gabe Dixon played keyboards on "Driving Rain" but long-time Paul keyboardist Wix Wickens did his magic for the 2002/2003 tours. Brian Ray was also added for these tours. Below is a bio of the band released in 2002.

Paul McCartney


Instruments: Bass, Guitars, piano

Top Ten Driving Songs: "Little Red Corvette" By Prince, "Why Don't We Do It in the Road" by Lowell Fulson, "Lithium" by Nirvana, "Sweet Little Sixteen" by Chuck Berry, "Watching the Wheels" by John Lennon, "You Still Believe In Me" by the Beach Boys, "Lonely Road" by Paul McCartney, "Concrete Jungle" by the Wailers, "The Back Seat of My Car" by Wings, "Drive My Car" by the Beatles

Equipment:
Bass: Hofner Violin Bass, Customized Rickenbacker 4001
Electric Guitars: Les Paul Flame Top 1960
Acoustic Guitar: Marin J18, Martin D28, Epiphone Texan, Gibson Everly Brothers
Grand Piano
Amps: Boogie Bass 400 with 2x 15 cabinets, Vox AC30 custom heads with 2 Vox custom speaker cabinets, custom Pete Cornish routing system.

Paul 'Wix' Wickens


Instrument: Keyboards

Resumé: Classically trained from the age of six, Wix developed a love of pop and blues which led to a flourishing career in sessions. He has been professionally associated with everyone from Celine Dion to Bob Dylan and has played on over sixty Top Forty records, including six number ones, while producing such hits as Tasmin Archer's UK No. 1 "Sleeping Satellite". He has worked with Paul McCartney since 1989 on two world tours and five albums. His company also produces music for TV, films and commercials.

Drives: Subaru Legacy Outback, 1965 Mk2 Jaguar, 1967 Triumph TR5

Wants to drive: Audi S8 or RS4 Avant Most memorable drives: Up Highway One from LA to San Francisco, past big Sure with The Beach Boys playing and the top down; down the south island of New Zealand the sense of space and scenery blows your socks off.

Top Ten Driving Songs: "Reeling in the Years" by Steely Dan, "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boy, "Rock and Roll Doctor" by Little Feat, "Sex Machine" by James Brown, "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing" by Ry Cooder, "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, "See-See Baby" by Freddie King, "Drive My Car" by the Beatles, "Wild Weekend" by NRBQ.

Favorite "Driving Rain" Track: "Your Loving Flame"

Equipment: Kurzweil PC2X controller keyboard, Yamaha Motif 7 Keyboard, Studio logic SL-MP113 MIDI pedal board, Opcode Studio 5 MIDI interface, Roland JV-1080 synth module, Akai S5000 sampler, Yamaha VL70m Physical Modeling Synthesizer, Novation Nova Synthesizer, E-mu Customer Proteus synth module, Yamaha 01V digital mixer, Macintosh PowerBook G4 Titanium laptop for programming system and softsynths, customer Hohner Student V accordion, customer Allodi Accordion, Alvarez acoustic guitar.

Abe Laboriel Jr


Instrument: Drums

Resume: Grew up in Los Angeles, jamming with father and listening to the White Album. Graduated from Berkley College of Music in 1993 and went on tour with Steve Vai, Seal, KD Lang and Sting. He recorded with Hanson, Fishbone, Scritti Politti, Chris Isaac and with Paul McCartney on " Driving Rain".

Drives: 1990 Ford Bronco (but I love old muscle cars).

Most memorable drive: The Day when flames starting shooting through the air conditioning vents on my old Pontiac Le Mans Sport. I stopped and ran to beg a garden hose from a nearby house. It wouldn't reach so I had to wait for real firemen to come and put it out.

Favorite "Driving Rain" track: "From A Lover To A Friend"

Top Ten Driving Songs: "Planet Rock" by Chocolate Genuine, "To Be Free" by Emiliana Torrini, "Breathe And Stop" by Q-Tip "Spinning Plates" by Radiohead, "Gaucho" by Steely Dan, "Distractions" by Zero 7, "Don't Wait For The Sun" By American Hi-fi, " Zhivago" by Kurt Rosenwinkle, " Mastermind" by The Divine Comedy.

Equipment: Drum Workshop drumset consisting of a 26" bass drum, 12", 14", 16" toms and black-coated snare drum plus Paiste and Signature cymbals. My drumheads are made by Remo and My sticks by Vic Firth.

Rusty Anderson    www.RustyAnderson.com


Instrument: Guitar, bass

Resume: Started playing guitar at eight because of The Beatles. Played in a million bands since and written songs with many people including Robi "Draco" Rosa and E from the Eels. For the past 15 years worked on sessions in LA for recordings with Elton John, Santana, Dido and The New Radicals among many others.

Drivers: White 1978 Pontiac Trans AM.

Wants to drive: I love my car.

Most Memorable drive: While driving at midnight in a tour van in San Francisco with one of my former bands we passed a Fairy Godmother on a seven foot high tricycle in the fast lane!

Top Ten Driving Songs: "Rock The Nation" by Montrose, "Seven Stones" by Genesis, "Apple Blossom" by the White Stripes, "Drivin' Sister" by Mott The Hoople any Beatles song, "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain, "Nice Dream" by Radiohead, "Knife's Edge" by ELP, "Most of The Time" by Bob Dylan, "Wind Of My Soul" by Cat Stevens

Favorite "Driving Rain" track: "About You"

Equipment: Mostly Gibson SG guitars and Divided By Thirteen Amplifiers.

Brain Ray


Instrument: Guitar and Bass

Resume: Inspired by The Beatles, started playing guitar at age of nine. Right out of high school I replaced another guitarist at an Etta James rehearsal, played another show with her the next night and stayed with her for the next 14 years. Wrote "One Heartbeat" which was a hit for Smokey Robinson in 1987, played produced and wrote with Rita Coolidge and in 1998 became musical director for Adam Cohen, with whom I continue to write. Most recently I have been touring in France with Johnny Hallyday and Mylene Farmer.

Drives: V8 Lexus SC 400 Sport Coupé.

Wants to drive: 1957 Caddy Brougham.

Most memorable drive: At the age of 12 my cool Aunt Lee let me drive her Corvair on the 17 mile drive in Carmel, California.

Top Ten Driving Songs: "Witchcraft" by Frank Sinatra, "Drive My Car" by The Beatles, "Middle Of The Road" By The Pretenders anything by Dean Martin, "Start Me Up" by The Stones, "Creep" by Radiohead, "Turn To Stone" by ELO, "My Best Friend's Girl" by the Cars, "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Favorite "Driving Rain" tracks: "Lonely Road" and "Your Loving Flame"

Equipment: various Gibson Les Pauls old and new, a Gretsch Double Anniversary, a Duesenberg and a '63 Gibson Dove acoustic. I'm also playing a '70s Guild M-85 bass and a Fender Precision bass and using Electroplex amps, Line Six gear abd assorted effects.