Nice to see a drummer get some attention sometimes. You should visit his hometown Birmingham if you get the chance and see his star in the walk of fame they have there. Personally I enjoyed the city a lot and found it a nice place to be.
Nick Logan`s Spotlight on The Move
BEV BEVAN was on orange juice when I met him in a pub just round the corner from the group`s management. Bev is back on a keep-fit kick, having got himself a rowing simulator at Christmas to add to the chest expanders he has at home.
Unlike most drummers, Bev is a big fellow (six foot and nearly eleven and a half stone) and has one of those large round, genial faces that give the impression of a permanent smile.
But despite his adequate build, Bev keeps physical force for his drum skins. He lives at home in Birmingham with his widowed mother (his father died when he was eleven) and his pet Alsatian, Remus.
Bev is an only child and the attachment between him and his mother is a strong one. When he is away from home he phones her every day. She has always encouraged her son in whatever he wanted to do with his career, is one of the Move’s greatest fans and watches all the group’s television appearances whenever she can.
Like most of the others in the Move, Bev prefers to stay in his home town and has never thought of moving into London. “There are too many phonies on the music scene in London,” he says.
To a large extent, Bev is an uncomplicated, undemanding person.
His ambition is simply this: “Just to have the satisfaction of knowing that I have really had a ball and have seen the world.” He keeps scrapbooks with all the cuttings of Move write-ups because “it is nice to look back on things.”
He says : “When you are married and have kids it is nice to think that you have not wasted your life in a normal job, and that you have something to show for it. Everyone has to settle down eventually but it is nice just to see some life before you do.”
Bev is not a nervous worrier but does have normal fears. “I don’t think I worry a great deal. I worry about my mother and I worry a bit about the next couple of years. I do want to make a lot of money. That is the main reason I am in the business.”
One of his hates is cruelty to animals. I asked him if he’d like a lot of children when he married. “Kids got on my nerves actually,” said Bev, “but I suppose I would like some when I get married.
“Dogs have always appealed to me — they are so much less troublesome than kids. But I suppose I will change my views as I get older.
“I think I am a very young 23-year-old actually. My friends who have now got married and settled down seem so much older than me in their looks and the way they behave. I suppose you are affected by the environment you live in.”
At grammar school in Birmingham, Bev was a bit of a rebel, getting himself suspended a couple of times for outlandish clothes — he was a rocker in those days.
However, he was a reasonably good student, excelling in English and art and all sports, and left at 17 with three GCE’s.
At first he wanted to be a sports reporter, but was told he lacked sufficient GCE’s and instead settled for a job as a trainee buyer in a large store, playing drums with the semi-professional Denny Laine and the Diplomats in the evenings. Eventually this led Bev to the Move.
How has success with the Move changed him? “I have more confidence than I had before. But I am not very good at complaining about things. I don’t like starting trouble. Yes I am completely happy with the Move.”