Playing on stage with the Beach Boys at the Royal Albert Hall is a memory to cherish for one guitarist.
Kate Hallam met the band when she was at a magazine photo shoot ten years ago, stayed in contact with them and was invited to join them on stage for the encore of the sell-out 50 Years of Good Vibrations Tours.
The former Buxton resident, who now lives in London said: “It was without a doubt a memory I will never forget and I took my little boy on stage too which made it all the more fantastic.” Kate was asked to performed ‘Barbara Ann’ with The Beach Boys, by singer Mike Love and guitarist and musical director, Scott Totten.
The 35-year-old said: “I grew up listening to the Beach Boys as my dad always played them and when I first met them they were so warm and approachable.”
Kate has been a professional musician and model since the age of 14 when she played with her father, Peter, and her brother Chris, in a six piece show-band called ‘Shadoogie’ so she is no stranger to the stage.
“When they heard I could play the guitar they asked me to a featured spot as their Barbara Ann girl, so I auditioned and performed with them in Sheffield in 2008.
“I went to India for a few years but then they got in contact again before the gig on Friday and asked me if I would come on stage again and of course I said yes.
“There were more than 5,000 people in the Royal Albert Hall and the atmosphere was electric.”