Joey Molland to perform at the Rusty Rail
MIFFLINBURG — Beatles fans listen up — Joey Molland and The Rusty Rail are working together to bring you an experience like no other – and all you’ve gotta do is get tickets.
The Rusty Rail Brewing Company, 5 N. Eighth St., will present “Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond — An Acoustic Autobiography,” at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The show promises an “intimate, live music experience” and features Molland, the surviving member of the classic lineup of Apple Records recording artists, Badfinger. In addition to music, Molland will inject animated stories in between live acoustic performances of the band’s hit singles, B sides and deep cuts, covering chapters in his life including growing up in post-World War II Liverpool, England; following in the footsteps of The Beatles and becoming a musician.
“The show is a relaxed affair with none, or at least little, of the drive of a band concert,” said Molland. “Hopefully it will be an interesting look at the life and times of a musician, singer-songwriter. The people, places, songs, music, lyrics and inspirations for both from near and far, success and failure, collaboration, chance and opportunity, lessons, eye openers and diversion.”
Molland said his show general runs around 90-minutes, but the stories can go a bit longer than that depending on the venue and the size and reaction of the audience.
“The songs vary and feature both covers and originals,” he explained.
John Rattie, head of Talent/Production/Advance for the Rusty Rail, is excited about Molland’s performance.
“It’s not often you get someone to play a show in our small town and tell you stories about their time with The Beatles,” said Rattie.
In addition, Molland will also talk about The Merseyside bands he joined as a teen, and exciting experiences touring with The Who, The Rolling Stones and Small Faces, recreating his audition for The Iveys in winter 1969 (getting hired) and the journeys that lie ahead with Badfinger; working in the studio with John Lennon, George Harrison, Todd Rundgren and the infamous Phil Spector, performing with the likes of Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell and of course Bob Dylan at The Concert For Bangladesh and more.
He will also touch upon his solo career, including performances of songs from his latest CD release, Return To Memphis.
This is Molland’s first appearance at The Rusty Rail, though he has performed in similar venues throughout his career.
“I have performed in many types of venues around the world and still do,” he said. “From basement clubs to theaters, arenas, festivals and stadiums. Along the way I’ve shared the bill with most of the major stars of our era and shared the stage with many of them including The Who, Cream, Leon Russell, George Harrison, Mitch Ryder, and many more.”
Some of those artists have even become good friends over the years,” said Molland.
“I played guitar on the George Harrison albums, ‘All things must Pass,’ and ‘The concert for Bangla- Desh’ and John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ album, all produced by Phil Spector.”
“We are very excited and honored to be presenting Joey at the Rusty Rail,” said Rattie. “With his history and all the hit songs he has been a part of I’m quite positive it will be a very special night.”
Plus, Rattie continued, “all the great stories and insight he will be bringing to the show and revealing about all the icons he has worked with will be very special.”
Molland explained that this type of show is done by many artists at this stage in their careers and gives them a chance to share some of the experiences and ideas they’ve gathered along the way.
“Our fans, I think, enjoy hearing the stories behind the music,” he said.
For more information visit www.rustyrailbrew ing.com or call 570-966-7878.