Scott Bennett has one of the most enviable rock and roll resumes on the planet.
He’s shared the stage with several Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, such as: Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Crosby, Elton John, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. For the past 15 years he’s been an integral part of Brian Wilson’s musical career (Yes, Beach Boys’ founder and musical genius Brian Wilson!).
The multi-instrumentalist musician is not only a key member of Brian Wilson’s touring band –a group who Paul McCartney calls the best band on the road– he’s also co-written and produced some of Wilson’s 21st century recordings including the Beach Boy’s best reviewed solo albums, That Lucky Old Sun (2008) and Brian Reimagines Gershwin (2010).
Earlier this fall he embarked on a North American tour with his “boss” and fellow rock icon Jeff Beck, as well as ex-original Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks on the Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert Tour, which wrapped up in Milwaukee on Oct. 30. I recently met up with Scott Bennett in Toronto to talk about his personal contribution to rock and roll history. In the privileged settings of his tour bus, he opened up about working with his idols, his fascinating career and about the time he had the king and queen of 60s pop duetting in his house.