Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Levon Been On The Call's Reunion
The Call were the acclaimed '80s band led by Robert's father, Michael Been. And Michael was also key to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Michael was their live sound engineer right up to his sudden death in 2010. Robert took the place of his father in The Call's L.A. reunion shows of April 2013, and a live DVD of the shows is being edited. And BRMC's Specter at the Feast is also something of a tribute to Been senior: the storming single "Let the Day Begin" is a cover of The Call's best-known song of the 1980s.
Gibson.com asked Robert Levon Been about Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Call and BRMC's Epiphone and Gibson gear
Was reuniting The Call your idea or did you get asked by the other members? Not sure it was anyone's "idea," we just connected. Those guys were like a second family to me when I was growing up. I was always on the road as a kid with my dad, so I knew them. It took a year to find a window to hook up. It was a shot in the dark, but rewarding. When I strapped on an old fretless bass of my father's, I felt pressure, sure. And his vocal range is much wider than mine. So, I'm not sure how we did it, but we did.
How was it playing your late father's music? I was a nervous wreck before the shows. It was intense. I had 20 songs to learn, songs I thought I knew but when it comes to the bridge or the third verse, it became harder. But it was a beautiful experience. It was very emotional for me. But it wasn't just to honor my father. It was also about the other guys in The Call. Their hearts are still in it, they're still playing music, even if it's in bar bands just scraping by. But I learned a lot from them, and it was great to do it for them. more on this story
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