MadonnaTribe had the chance to meet Steven
Kilbride, one of the minds behind the great performance
of "Into The Groove" in Madonna's
Stevie takes us into the exciting creative process of this
performance and shares for the first time with our readers
his fondest memories of the most talked about tour 2004.
While we hope you will enjoy this new interesting addition
to MadonnaTribe's re-Invention Scrapbook
we would like to thank Stevie for his kindness
and his help.
Steven Kilbride started playing as a snare and
tenor drummer when he was only a nine years old boy in Glasgow.
That was the start of a story that led him
to play in a series of senior bands, winning every major
championship both as band and drum corps, teaching pipe
bands throughout Europe, until something unexpected happened...
when Madonna called and he travelled back
and forth from Scotland to Los Angeles to work on her Re-Invention
Tour. Stevie is an incredible artist, a great professional
and he was so friendly to let us ask him something about
his tour experience. Here's what he shared with us.
summer is probably filled by nice memories for you. What
meant to you your experience on board of the Re-Invention
Steve Kilbride: The tour was the experience
of a lifetime, playing and working with some of the best
musicians and dancers in the world not to mention working
with Madonna herself.
MT: How have you been contacted to work
on the Tour, and what was your first reaction when you
were asked about it?
SK: I was contacted by Lorne
Cousin. Lorne asked if I could accompany him
to L.A. and do some work on Madonna's Re-Invention Tour.
My first reaction was "very good Lorne, call me back
in the morning when you are sober!" It wasn't until
we were on the plane three days later that it all sank
MT: Can you explain to our readers how
did you contribute to the show. Was it difficult to teach
SK: I was asked if I could with Lorne,
come up with a link from "Imagine"
to "Into the Groove". Lorne
and I had some ideas so Madonna had us
go into the studio with Stuart and Steve
that night. We laid down some backing tracks and thankfully
she liked what she heard.
She then had us back at Culver Studios
and asked if it was possible if I could choreograph the
moves and to teach Stuart, Steve and the dancers how to
play Pipe Band drumming for the tour, so I says I would
give it a go!
Showing Stuart and Steve
was easy, Steve is a fantastic drummer and Stuart is a natural
musician. So I had them play the Snare Drums and
Cloud played Bass drum, so the other dancers had
to work very, very hard.
The tenor drums they played are as much a visual thing as
a musical instrument as you have seen the tour. The boys
worked harder than I could ever have asked them to and don't
know how they did it in between learning their dance routines.
They did me and Pipe Band drumming proud!
MT: Did you have a chance to spend some
time with Madonna herself, can you tell us something about
SK: I was working with Madonna one-to-one
on a daily basis during the rehearsals, so I spent a good
bit of time with her.
During a break in rehearsals we were all invited to a pool
party at Madonna's L.A. home, we were all
working hard and it was good for us all to relax and get
to know each other away from the pressures of rehearsals.
MT: How did you feel in Manchester when
you had to perform yourself on stage for so many people?
SK: Manchester was crazy, it came right
out of the blue. One minute I'm practising for the World
Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow next I'm on a plane
Madonna asked if I could help them out,
Paul had been taken ill so she asked
if I could play in his place, thankfully he is well now!
But I had a problem, I was competing in the biggest event
of the year for my own band and didn't want to let them
She understood that so Madonna arranged for me to play
in Glasgow in the afternoon and then take to the stage
in Manchester that night, I got there just in time for
Madonna and everyone gave me so much support that
night. Another special thing about Manchester
was that I had arranged tickets for my sisters, Jacqui and
Linda to attend the show, they didn't actually know I was
there until they saw me on stage, they thought I was still
in Glasgow playing at the Championships.
MT: With this tour bagpiping reached
a lot of people and a whole new audience.
The "bag and pipes" intro is definately one
of those moments in which the crowd really went wild.
What do you think of the re-invention of classic bagpiping
in this show?
SK: Lorne and myself knew this was a
chance of a lifetime for us to put Pipe Band music on
one of the biggest stages in the world.
We were determined not to compromise our traditional music
although we didn't have to worry, Madonna wanted it as
traditional as we could make it.
I have been lucky enough to have played on many international
stages and have performed for the Pope
and the Queen, but playing on the Madonna
stage is probably the biggest stage possible to take Pipe
Band music to an international audience, and I thank her
for giving us that chance!
MT: What do the members of your band
think of you going on tour with Madonna?
SK: I still take a bit of stick from
them, they can't believe that Stevie the Glasgow boy is
working for Madonna and they are still keeping my feet
firmly on the ground.
One week I'm teaching in Knightswood, Glasgow and the
next week I'm teaching in Hollywood, L.A. ......... Result!
MT: What are you currently working on, was it
hard to get back to "traditional" bagpiping?
Do you miss the tour experience?
SK: It's been hell, nothing can ever
live up to the tour. I am back teaching and working and
have just finished recording my Pipe Band's lastest CD.
I am also recording for a Blues band CD and just finished
some work with Lorne and Stuart
Price for the Pringle Fashion Show
MT: Which is your fondest memory of this
SK: Madonna's face when
I walked in for 'prayers' at Manchester
straight from Glasgow still wearing my
band's own kilt, it was priceless!!!! It's cheesy but
true, making good friends on the tour!
Thank you Stevie, it was so great to get in touch with you.
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