Drummer RAY WESTON was born in Glasgow, Scotland. As a young boy, Ray knew he wanted to be a drummer after watching Buddy Rich on TV. “I saw this drummer perched high on a podium leading an orchestra that was down to his side,” Ray says. “It was like he was the Caesar with his centurions at his command.”
Ray got his first drum set at 16 and soon afterward joined a bar band that played cover songs. He credits that first band experience with developing the chops that would later serve him well. Largely self-taught, Ray played with a variety of bands in Scotland before moving to London.
Arriving in London, Ray found plenty of live and session work. His performing and recording credits include work with Del Shannon, Bjork, Tom Jones, Peter Green, Robert Palmer, Steve Howe, Ultravox, T'pau, Katrina and the Waves, Andy Summers, Belinda Carlisle, The Bay City Rollers, Mick Jones (The Clash), Bill Wyman, Right Said Fred, Chas Chandler, Mickie Most, Nigel Gray and others.
Ray cites Buddy Rich, Ian Paice, John Bonham, Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder as a few of his drumming influences.
In 1990, founding member Martin Turner asked Ray to play on Wishbone Ash’s “Strange Affair” album. Andy Powell called Ray not long after recording the album and asked if he'd like to tour.
“To get a call and start touring with Andy Powell, Martin Turner and Ted Turner was an honour,” he says. “And that was me really getting to grips with being a serious 'live' rock drummer.”
Touring with the Ash is demanding, requiring a combination of steel grit and good playing. “The camaraderie of the band is fantastic,” Ray says. “We have a lot of fun, see and experience so many places and meet some fantastic people. There are occasional obstacles, but when its show time, we're all in the same lifeboat!”