There can be few fans of guitar-driven rock music who haven't heard the name Reb Beach. Reb exploded onto the scene with the legendary Winger in the late eighties, following a stint as a session player for the likes of Chaka Khan, The Bee Gees, Howard Jones, Roger Daltrey and Twisted Sister, and was soon the cover star of guitar magazines throughout the world.
The now world-famous Reb designed a line of guitars for Ibanez and toured, teaching guitar clinics. He also produced an instructional video entitled "Cutting Loose" that sold very successfully. After recording and touring in support of three records with Winger, Reb returned to Pittsburgh to perform on other artists' records and start collecting material for his solo work under the name The Reb Beach Project.
Unfortunately for Reb's solo project but fortunately for fans of great live guitar shows, the road called and Reb was invited to play with long-time friend, the legendary Alice Cooper. The two joined forces for three years of successful touring. Following his time with Alice, Reb was recruited to replace the departed George Lynch as not only lead guitarist but also co-songwriter of Dokken. Not surprisingly, the resulting CD, "Erase the Slate", was the most successful Dokken record in almost a decade. Years of jazz fusion and session work had not dulled Reb's heavy metal instincts!
Then, in 2002, the day came that fans had been waiting almost 10 years for - a Winger Reunion! Casting off their 'poodle haircuts' and elaborate stage sets, all members of Winger - Kip Winger, Reb, Rod Morgenstein, Paul Taylor and John Roth - got together for a US Tour entitled "On the Inside", concentrating on the music first, image second. In addition, a CD was released titled "The Very Best of Winger", put together by Kip and featuring a new track "On the Inside". Following the tour, once again the guys, still great friends after all those years, went their separate ways.
Following the Winger reunion, Reb finally got his gig with a guy he'd been sending tapes to for many years - David Coverdale. The band? Whitesnake. Since 2003, Reb has toured the world with Whitesnake, most recently on the highly successful 'Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues Show' World Tour. The band's sellout show at London's famous Hammersmith Apollo was filmed for a DVD release slated for early 2006, with a live CD to follow.
Find out more about Reb at www.rebbeach.com.