Interview with Tony Carey,
plays Keyboards in 'Over The Rainbow'. Interviewed by Glenn Milligan
in late January 2009
you to become a musician?
Well, it beats workin'. Plus, it was a great way to meet future.
What musicians influenced you and what would
you say are your favourite instruments to play and why?
Influences? Dylan, Elton, Springsteen, CSN, Santana, Creedence... No
favorite instrument, it's satisfying when what you're playing helps
the song - bass is a lot of fun, but I only play it in the studio. Harmonica's
a great instrument, I have a couple of bluesy side-projects..
What started you off playing with bands and how
The honest answer would be 'drugs'. How were they? Who knows?
What led to becoming a member of Rainbow?
Good question. When I think of an answer, I'll let you know.
What were your most memorable times in the studio?
All of them - it's great to get it right, frustrating when it's not
going well, and it STILL beats workin'.
Do you have any particular songs you enjoyed
recording and performing - if so, which ones and for what reasons?
Once again, all of them - you'll never hear the sh*tty ones... I particularly
enjoy performing 'The Girl From Ipanima'.
What album covers do you like best from Rainbow
don't have a preference, it's the music that counts. The rest is promo
and that's above my pay-scale...
What were your favourite concerts/tours in your
The ones where everybody was sober and nobody was p*ss*d-off about anything.
Got any cool road stories of the time you'd like
to talk about?
Thousands. As soon as I die, you'll probably hear em.
What did you enjoy doing when not in the studio
or on stage?
In those days? I might have answered that already, obliquely. Other
than that, fishing.
What would you say are you most proud of from
the Rainbow days?
Pride is a mortal sin, don't you know that? If I catch myself being
proud of anything as silly as a career in music, I do my best to morph
the feeling into gratitude.
what made you decide to become a Producer?
Well, that's not a decision you make... if nobody makes you an offer,
you'll never be a producer. You kinda slide into it... I suppose I was
in the right place, right time, and was lucky enough that that first
couple of productions recouped their budgets. That's a big part of it...
Who have been your favourite artists you have produced and why?
They all have something, or I wouldn't take the job... but John Mayall
stands out, a true gent with a great band - Walter Trout and Coco Montoya
were the guitarists, and I got to play some hammond...
What would you say have been your favourite own
albums and for what reasons?
First, I haven't made my favorite album yet. Secondly, they're all as
good as they can be IN THE MOMENT AND PLACE - it's important to not
settle for something you know you can do better. That said, planet p
project's 'Levittown' says what I wanted it to say, describes America
in the 50's, was VERY challenging to edit down to 66 minutes, and I
think I got it nearly right.
were your initial thoughts when you got the call of asking if you'd
like to be the keyboard player in 'Over The Rainbow'?
Don't tell anybody this, but I MADE the call.
Have you worked with any of the other 'Over The
Rainbow' members before, if so, in what context?
Well, Joe and I worked as boxboys in a supermarket in NJ in the seventies.
No union, sh*tty money. Does that count?
are you most looking forward to for the tour?
Playing Hammond onstage - loudly - again.
What songs are you enjoying playing again and
for what reasons?
I quite like 'street of dreams', it's a good tune and whatshisname sang
the SH*T out of it. Our samba version of 'moon River' would be a close
Does it or will it feel strange to you performing Rainbow songs with
a different frontman or different line-up altogether?
'Strange' is a proctologist visit; this is music, which by definition
feels pretty cool.
What songs are you looking forward to playing
from the later years of Rainbow, when you weren't a member of the band
See above. Did I mention 'guantanamera'?
If you had the chance what venues would you like
'Over The Rainbow' to play and why?
Bar mitzvahs, in a perfect world. Other than that, if someone wants
to see us enough to pay for us, I'll be there.
What would you say is your favourite line-up of Rainbow?
I played with ronnie, cozy and jimmy so I'd have to say that line-up.
If you had the chance who would assemble together for the ultimate line-up?
you often still get recognised as being an early member of Rainbow on
a regular basis and how does that make you feel?
What's the coolest things you have been asked
to sign for a fan and where was it?
Do you need an anatomy lesson here?
would you say are your favourite musicians now and why?
Bruce, The Allman Bros and a thousand others. Anybody 'real' is okay
in my book.
What is your favourite make and model of guitar
and keyboard and why?
Guitar? I favour the kind with a) strings and b) someone to tune them.
Keyboards? Hammond C3, cause it's cool and if you have to sell it you
can live in the packing crate under a bridge somewhere in relative comfort.
do you enjoy doing when not involved in music?
My family, my dogs & cats, fishing, reading, and coveting other
men's wives, mostly.
what would you say you are most proud of in your career so far?
Well, 'pride' is inapplicable - I'm pleased, though, that I didn't kill/maim
Ritchie, or vice versa, in a dressing room somewhere in the 70's.
What would you like to say to all the fans of
Rainbow and beyond who would like to or will be attending an 'Over The
I'm very grateful for the interest; it won't sound like you're expecting;
and a good time will be had by all.
Tony for both the serious, honest & humourous answers. Big Thanks
to Lisa Walker for setting it up