The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a special evening with Bobby Keys, legendary sax player for the Rolling Stones, on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. This interview is presented in conjunction with Key’s performance at the Beachland Ballroom later that night.
Later in the evening, Keys will perform at the Beachland Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Rock Hall members can receive a $3 discount per ticket through advance purchase only, in person or by phone at the Beachland. Tickets to the concert are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Visit www.beachlandballroom.com. The Beachland is located at 15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, Ohio.
Born in Slaton, Texas, some 15 miles southeast of Lubbock on U.S. 84, Bobby Keys’ life has been a sort of rock ‘n’ roll folk tale—in his early teens he bribed his way into his aunt’s neighbor Buddy Holly’s garage band rehearsals; he took up the saxophone as a high school freshman because it was the only instrument left unclaimed in the school band; he convinced his grandfather to sign his guardianship over to Crickets drummer J.I. Allison so he could go on tour as a teenager. In fact, Bobby’s experiences reflect the coming of age of rock and roll itself. From years on the road during the waning days of early rock ‘n’ roll with hitmakers like Bobby Vee and the various acts on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars Tour through decades as top touring and session sax man for the likes of Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, Keith Moon, Sheryl Crow and countless others, and onto, perhaps most famously, an ongoing gig as a de facto Rolling Stone from 1970 onward, Bobby’s raw talent and outsized personality have elevated him from sideman to something closer to a rock ‘n’ roll icon. Earlier this year, Keys published his memoir, Every Night’s a Saturday Night: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys, co-written with Bill Ditenhafer.
In recent years, Keys has stepped out of the sideman position and watched his own popularity grow as an entirely new generation of listeners has begun to pay attention to the contributions of this one-of-a-kind artist. Beginning with a few word-of-mouth showcases at Nashville's Mercy Lounge, the cream of Music City's music community began to flock to Keys's performances. His concerts proved to be the perfect platform to pay tribute to his rich history, while showcasing his personality and undeniable stage presence.