Musician Kev’s California dream for musician Kev

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A MUSICIAN got to perform on stage with his childhood idols – and impressed so much he has been invited to play in America.

Guitarist Kev McGuire, who used to be in Hartlepool band Candy Ranch, performed with 1980s group The Beat in a gig at Coventry University.

The occasion was a dream come true for Kev, 44, who grew up idolising the group which had a string of hits in the 1980s.

The Beat lead singer Dave Wakeling was so impressed with him that he invited Kev over to California where he is based.

He was approached by Dave after recording backing tracks to one of their hits in Germany.

Kev, who used to live in Hartlepool, said: “The atmosphere on stage was electric.

“I was only supposed to be playing on a few tracks in their first set, but I ended up playing those tracks plus nearly the whole of the second set after Dave asked me to,

“So I got to play on hits like Mirror in the Bathroom, which was their biggest hit, and Hands Off She’s Mine.

“I used to dance to these tunes in the youth club. The whole day and night was utterly superb.”

Kev, who works as an assistant anaesthetist at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, added: “They have asked if I’d like to play with them over in California where Dave lives.

“That would be even better as they are massive out there.

“I’ll have to see if I can get some time off work.”

Kev recently launched his new band The Style Selektors at The Clarendon pub, in Tower Street, Hartlepool.

The debut gig was a sell out and they hope to be playing there again in July with Mod band Master Colony.

Kev, a dad-of-two, who now lives in Hartburn, Stockton, added: “The bookings are coming in fast now, even going as far as Oxford to play at a scooter do in June.”