We caught up with Jason Edge from The Electric Stars just before the release of their George Best tribute single, "Belfast Boy"! The single is out now and the exclusive interview can be read below, enjoy!
AB Records: "The new release for The Electric Stars is a George Best tribute. How did this idea come about?"
Jason Edge: "Well, it was a chance meeting with TV celeb and lifelong United fan Eamonn Holmes. He is president of the George Best Foundation and a keen music fan. He knows our band, owns a copy of 'Sonic Candy Soul' and thought it would be a great idea to re-record 'Belfast Boy' as it would suit our sound! Then we talked about the proceeds going to the Foundation and the idea just exploded from there..."
AB Records: "The a-side to the single 'Belfast Boy' is a cover of the Don Fardon original. Where did you first hear the tune?"
Jason Edge: "I first heard it when I was a kid because my dad was a huge United fan (we live near Old Trafford) and he bought the original. Like all kids when you get into music you play your parents records first and they have always given it the odd spin at games!"
AB Records: The b-side is an Electric Stars original entitled 'Georgie (The Brightest Star)'. How did this track come about"
Jason Edge: "In this age of download lethargy, I wanted to make sure the CD had something very special and appealing about it. So, there is a collectable booklet inside with tributes from people who played with and admired George like, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs! Also I wanted to write something myself because George was a hero of mine and once I started to write it, it kind of took on a life of its own!"
AB Records: "You hear a lot of bands say that the big dream was to either be in a band or be a footballer. Was this the case with you? If so why did you choose to go down the path of music?"
Jason Edge: "Rock and roll and football are my life. I still play now twice a week, but when I was a kid I wanted to play just like Georgie! It soon became obvious that wasn't going to happen although I have played some in some decent local leagues. When I left school music began to take over and hey presto here we are!"
AB Records: "What does the rest of the year hold for The Electric Stars?"
Jason Edge: "The single is out on Monday 12th so we expect to be busy with that for a while. Then we have some decent gigs and festivals to do. Autumn should see another single, the first from the new album!"
Hope you enjoyed our interview with Jason from The Electric Stars!
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