Reb Beach thinks it’s worked out well for him in Winger and Whitesnake because he knows “his place”
Whitesnake, Winger and Black Swan lead guitarist Reb Beach was recently interviewed by Tom Leu for Sound Matters.
Beach was asked about working with Winger and Whitesnake for all these years, and why it has worked, to which he replied (as transcribed by Sound Matters with slight edits): “I know my place, and I know where I fit. I[‘m] like Joe Perry to Kip Winger‘s Steven Tyler. I like being the guy on his side man, right by his side. That’s where I feel comfortable, and it’s the same with [David] Coverdale in Whitesnake. That’s just how it worked out for me, and I’m very happy there.”
In terms of his recollection of working with The Bee Gees, Beach indicated: “I started doing sessions at Atlantic. The Bee Gees flew me out to their studio and put me up at the Doral [Hotel], on the beach, which I think [Donald] Trump owns now. It was awesome and there were bags of weed everywhere because all of them got high! There was this tune they wanted me play, but there was no vocal track on it yet, so they wanted me to hear the vocal. So they all stood around me and sang the vocal acapella, with perfect pitch. There wasn’t any music playing. It was just them singing and saying ‘Here’s what the chorus does darling’… And they just started singing with that incredible power and falsetto, and it was just riveting. I’ll never forget it with the Bee Gees all around me in a circle, singing stoned out of their minds.”
You can listen to the entire interview with Reb Beach via Sound Matters‘ website.