Guitarist Reb Beach reveals not on retainer with Whitesnake and doesn’t expect to be on one
Whitesnake, Winger and Black Swan guitarist Reb Beach was recently interview by media journalist Mark Dean for Madness To Creation. Beach was promoting his new instrumental solo album A View From The Inside that was released via Frontiers Music Srl just eleven days ago.
In terms of how he is spending his extra time due to the worldwide Covid pandemic, Beach indicated (with slight edits): “Well, I finished my solo album, obviously. And I’m writing a lot and giving lessons. So I’m flying back and forth to Nashville with Kip [Winger]. Yeah. And just trying to get as much writing done as possible. Like everybody else. I think all the other bands are probably going to put a new album out because of this virus.”
On whether he gets paid when he’s not touring, Beach stated, “No, no” before adding: “God no. Where would that money come from? Unless you’re on retainer, which it’s hard to get a gig where you’re on a retainer. Especially now. Yeah. Nope, no, no, no.”
Given Beach‘s long tenure as a guitarist in Whitesnake, Dean thought that perhaps the guitarist would have achieved or obtained full-time band member status. However, Beach indicated: “Well, you think you’ll give me some of the t-shirts? And maybe some of the money from the venues? Ticket sales? No, I don’t think so. If he didn’t give it to John Sykes, he isn’t going to give it to me. I didn’t write the songs, you know? But no, no, David’s I don’t think he’s worried about losing me. So he doesn’t need to put me on retainer.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Reb Beach by media journalist Mark Dean at Madness To Creation‘s website.