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Rock’n’roll will never die

ROCKER Billy Rankin has seen it all – and done even more. He has toured the world “with every band on the planet”, played in front of crazed audiences of thousands and met all his music heroes.

ROCKER Billy Rankin has seen it all – and done even more. He has toured the world “with every band on the planet”, played in front of crazed audiences of thousands and met all his music heroes.

Now the former guitarist with Nazareth has come full circle as a DJ on 96.3 Rock Radio, Scotland’s first classic rock station and the first in the UK to be broadcast on FM.

The station has just marked its first birthday with a mega bash at The Garage, starring the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Gun, Thunder and others, raising over £12,000 for Nordoff-Robbins Scotland, a music therapy charity.

Scots legend Frankie Miller was guest of honour at the gig, which may now become an annual event.

Kirkintilloch-born Billy is delighted to join such Rock Jocks as Tom Russell and Wild Willie – playing, as he puts it, “tracks by all the bands I’ve got the dirt on”.

“I was invited in by Jay Crawford, the programming director, on a totally different matter.

“I lent him a tenner about 20 years ago and thought I was going to get it back – instead he offered me a position as a presenter.

“But I’m having a great time here. I was a musician for 30-odd years and I’ve got a lot of interesting stories.

“I know my music, so I’m able to say more than just here’s another one from Van Halen’. I can actually tell you what I did to Van Halen.”

Our ears prick up. What did you to Van Halen?

“Not half as much as what I did to Iron Maiden,” he laughs.

Read the full article at www.eveningtimes.co.uk

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