When we were told that we could interview a former Tina Turner band member, we were thrilled. Deric Dyer was a saxophone player on Tina’s Break Every Rule World Tour and also toured with Joe Cocker. Continue reading to watch our interview with him and to learn more about this great man and musician.
From DericDyer.com: Originally born in Ireland in 1955 and raised on the stunning island of Bermuda as a child, was handed a saxophone [he had been playing clarinet] by Sister Joseph Anthony while playing in a band at Mount St. Agnes Academy. Since then, the music world opened its arms to him. By age 16, he was already playing seven nights a week in night clubs. Both his parents were musicians (his father even played for Shirley Bassey) so it must have been in the genes. He picked up technique and musical study in bits and pieces here and there – his playing was truly natural. Give Deric a stage, and he takes care of business. By 19, Deric had his own band and was already performing regularly around the island on tenor sax, keyboards, congas and vocals!
Now, Deric’s newest CD, Renaissance Man is finally complete and has just been released. On this CD, Deric re-released his favorite tunes from his previous CDs and added four new tracks. This CD really shows his love for all different styles of music and his ability to make them his own. Tracks include titles like “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” ” Stand By Me,” “Nature Boy,” “Use Me Up” and “You & I.”
From Tina Turner to Joe Cocker, Deric has played on the world’s biggest stages, watch him here in action with Tina during the legendary Maracana concert of January 1988.