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CONCERT REVIEW 2007 *PLAYER CONCERT REVIEW* TWIN RIVER CASINO, LINCOLN R.I. MAY 25-26, 2007 Featuring two original band members from the late 70's Peter Beckett/lead vocals and Ronn Moss/bass, Player gave two outstanding performances on Friday and Saturday night at the Light House Bar, located in the heart of theTwin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. Player is best known for their #1 classic hit “Baby Come Back” from the 70's, but they proved by their first 2007 tour dates that they are so much more than that. They still have the power to draw you in with their hypnotic sound, and shower you with sweet memories of good old rock n roll. Beckett's unblemished vocals stand the test of time, perfection at it's finest, along with his expertise guitar riffs. Moss adds to the groove with his excellent bass playing and smooth backing harmonies. Player literally rocked the house with a combination of rock n roll, blues, soul, and the perfect touch of soft pop mixed in to set a lighter mood. They were also joined by Craig Pilo/drums, Ron Green/percussion, Ricky Zacharaides/guitar, and Ed Roth/keyboards. Pilo and Green had previously toured with Player in the early 2000’s. Player is a breath of fresh air to experience live, restoring faith that heart touching lyrics, and soul reaching melodies, still do exist. No gimmicks…just talented musicians with a special gift; singing and playing their hearts out, along with sharing their passion and love of music with their audience. Player's song list included two harder edged pieces, “My Religion” and “Still of the Night”, from Peter’s solo cd self-titled ‘Beckett’(1991). From his song writing career of movie tunes, Player performed “Twist of Fate”(Two of A Kind), “Party”(Terminator III), and a remake of Ledbetter's“Black Betty” (Basic). Possibly appearing on the new Beckett/Player cd in the future, Player slowed down the tempo with “Wash Away", only to come back with another hip shaking-hand clapping jam called “Wild Side”… radio stations may want to pay close attention to this one. About half way through the show, the band left the stage, leaving Ronn Moss to grace the crowd with his solo performance; a guitar solo written for his friend's wedding named"Moon Over Myassi", and Player's second hit song from their self-titled debut LP called "This Time I'm In It For Love". Moss mixed it up the second night singing "For The Rest Of My Life", from his first solo cd 'I'm Your Man' (2000). Not to forget Player's history of "straight to the heart" melodies, the band performed "This Is Your Life" from their 'Lost In Reality' cd(1996), "It's For You" from 'Room With A View'(1980), and of course their love classic still heard all around the world today, "Baby Come Back", with Peter Beckett's phenonimal voice sending chills through the audience with his power packed high note finale. "House A Rockin" also brought down the house, bringing people to their feet, as well as to the dance floor. Player is a band that definitely knows how to have a good time while doing what they love and do best, generously sharing these great moments with their audience....leaving the audience with a good feeling inside. The only down side to both nights is that Player didn't return back on stage to do an oncore. I, along with everyone there, didn't want this beautiful experience to ever end...we were ready for more! If Player comes to a venue near you, please do yourself a favor and go see them perform. I promise you that you will not be disappointed...


Peter on Hot Wax Daily 2009 Hot Wax Daily PLAYER: "Baby Come Back" Is Back (audio)(Posted 3:00 AM, 1/20/2009) "Baby Come Back" is a hit all over again. Peter Beckett, who co-wrote and sang lead on Player's number-one smash, says that the song has finally cracked the lucrative commercials market -- it's in T-V commercials for the Swiffer cleaning product and has also been used by telecommunications giants S-B-C and Sprint. It's also been heard in several movies. The song has also been sampled by rapper Little Rob, who uses the "Baby Come Back" chorus in one of his recordings. And last year, Vanessa Hudgins reworked the song for a video that got heavy airplay on the Disney Channel. --Mike McCann Audio: Peter Beckett on the heavy use of "Baby Come Back" in commercials and movies. OC...just last year. :27 [phone quality] "I always wondered why we couldn't get a commercial, I thought, 'Why doesn't somebody bring back a hamburger [laugh] and have 'Baby Come Back' in there. It never happened, and then suddenly, we got a whole bunch in a row. The last few years, we've had S-B-C phone, we've had Sprint, we've had the Swiffer thing. But it's been in just the last few years, it's been in just a ton of movies, Transformers being the latest one it was in, just last year." Hot Wax Daily CATCHING UP WITH... Peter Beckett of Player (audio)(Posted 3:00 AM, 1/19/2009) You know the song "Baby Come Back," but probably aren't as familiar with the group or its voice. Peter Beckett, who sang lead in Player and co-wrote the single that was number-one this week in 1978, is a Liverpool, England native who emigrated to the U-S in 1974 -- three years before forming the band that brought the story of his romantic break-up to life. Beckett tells us he often hears from fans telling him the song "is special to them because of a time in their lives... There's a lot of emotion in the song, it's real. It wasn't a manufactured thing. And I think people feel that." The song's success quickly landed the band on tours with Gino Vanelli and Boz Scaggs. After Player broke up, Beckett spent eight years in Little River Band (as Graeham Goble's replacement) before forming a new version of his old band a few years ago. Not only is Player back on stage, but they're online as well. And while Beckett's back fronting Player, one of his former bandmates has gone on to soap opera fame. Ron Moss, who played bass, has spent the past 22 years playing "Ridge Forester" on the C-B-S daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful. --Mike McCann Website: PeterBeckett-Player.com Audio: Player's Peter Beckett on the lasting popularity of "Baby Come Back." OC...song has endured. :29 [phone quality] "Through the years, I've had people go, 'Oh you sang 'Baby Come Back?' Oh man, I was in this relationship and the song is special to them because of a time in their lives. And I think derived from songs that come from the heart. The song came, basically, J-C Crowley and myself, the story was really about my break-up. And we wrote that song together. There's a lot of emotion in the song, it's real. It wasn't a manufactured thing. And I think people feel that. That's why the song has endured."