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When the branches meet

Two branches of the massively overgrown family tree came together in Pennsylvania on May 26. Reb Beach, last seen with Whitesnake, came on stage to jam with the Steve Morse Band on a blues standard. Smartphones were on hand.

Thanks to jmh2112 for the video and to Blabbermouth for bringing it to your attention.

10 Comments to “When the branches meet”:

  1. 1
    Adel Faragalla says:

    R&R at its best 👍
    Great to see everyone having fun on stage and the crowd enjoying it so well.
    Peace ✌️

  2. 2
    Georgivs says:

    Why didn’t they play SOTW?

    Just kidding…)))

  3. 3
    Gregster says:

    Yo, that was a good bit-of-fun ! Well played by all !
    ( Is it me, or does Steve look a little more & more like the late, great Johnny Winter as time goes on ??? ( Maybe it’s just a meeting at the Crossroads thing )).

    Peace !

  4. 4
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “A blues standard”, LOL – that’s friggin’ Crossroads, you Highway Star Elder Council Members!!! You might as well describe SOTW as “a rock song”.

    It’s not such an unusual pairing at all, Reb Beach’s style is probably closer to Steve than any other guitarist in the Purple Musical Universe. He’s a technical player, even back in Winger days. I always found him unfairly taking second place to Doug Aldrich within WS, he was really only allowed to come into his own once Doug had left. I actually like Reb’s very clean style.

    Given WS’ uncertain future, he’s probably looking for a job! Not a bad singer too.

  5. 5
    Leslie S Hedger says:


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    rudy schoukens says:

    The bass player is without any doubt Dave Larue, but the drummer is hidden behind his drumkit and the cymbals. So it’s not clear for me who the drummer is, but I think it’s Rod Morgenstein who played drums with Reb Beach in the band Winger, named after Kip Winger (the lead singer). So, it’s not a surprise that Reb was invited by Steve to jam with his ex band mate. And a great jam it is.
    By the way, the band Winger made a great cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic ‘Purple Haze’ (featuring Dweezel Zappa on guitar) on their first album called Winger (1988). Check this out, you will not be disappointed !

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    MacGregor says:

    @ 6 – Van Romaine would be the SMB drummer. Morgenstein is The Dregs & Winger drummer, both are wonderful players although I do prefer Morgenstein. Cheers.

  8. 8
    Stayheavy says:

    The drummer is Van Romaine. He is a long-time member of SMB. He appears in the DP’s DVD “In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra” (2000), playing drums with Ian Paice in SOTW.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Yes, it must be Van Romaine, look here:


    Rudy’s observation on the Winger/Dixie Dregs connection is nevertheless helpful (and having the commendable guts to out himself as a Winger fan just like Stewart …),


    I had all but forgotten that. I’ve only seen the Steve Morse Band once, way back in the 80ies (they rarely tour(ed) in Europe) – the original line-up with then Jerry Peek on bass and Rod Morgenstein on drums.

    However, I’ve seen Van Romaine a few times with Nena – yes, she with the Luftballons! He was her drummer/musical director for two decades.



    And before meine deutschen Landsleute here all start scoffing, ja, my (then) little daughter liked Nena, and, ja, dad went along, but never ever felt less than entertained by (by now, actually as early since 2009, when she was only 49!) ‘Grandma Kerner’. She does what she does (her brand of pop rock that never turns into dreaded Schlager) well. And is immediately recognizable. Van Romaine was always great with her.

    [One day, I will also be man enough to admit here that I went to a Shakira gig for the same reason. My daughter did return the favor though when she joined me at a Judas Priest gig in Berlin as a young adult, describing it subsequently as a “fascinating anthropological study of heavy metal subculture”. She still wears the Priest ‘Redeemer of Souls Tour’ T-shirt!!!]

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    Gregster says:

    Uwe’s daughter said…

    qt. “(a) fascinating anthropological study of heavy metal subculture”.


    Peace !

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