He may have made his name as Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback in Under Siege, but Steven Seagal says his first love is music – and his best ever gig was in Liverpool.
“It was the best gig of my life,” Steven tells Insider.
“I’ve played a lot of gigs over the years, but that night was something else. It was like everything I’ve worked on for years just came together.
“I love Liverpool – the people, the places, the atmosphere. I have a friend who is from Liverpool, and he showed me around. I’ve been to a lot of places but there’s nowhere I’d rather go.”
The accomplished 62-year-old guitarist has played with the biggest blues names.
Born in Michigan, Steven began his working life as an aikido instructor in Japan before moving to Los Angeles where his potential was spotted by film bosses.
A 7th Dan black belt, he made his big screen debut in 1988 in Above the Law, playing a cop on the trail of police corruption.
From then on the scene was set for a succession of massive box office hits, such as the box office smash Under Siege in 1992. But despite the film successes, four times-married Steven says his first love has always been music.
“I just love the blues,” he chuckles.
“I love it all – the old and the new. In the 50s, I was brought up on the blues. As a child I was inundated with the stuff, it was what I was born and raised into. But when I came to California to play the blues, everyone wanted to play the Beatles and pop and rock.”
He mentions The Beatles, the band who he counted as friends.
“Yes I knew George and I knew John,” he says modestly.
“They moved in the same kind of circles.”
If Steven had one message to the good people of Liverpool, what would it be?
“My last show in Liverpool was the best gig I’ve ever played,” he says.
“So come down and see what we can do this time. I’ve got a got a good feeling about it.”
Steven Seagal’s Blues Band at O2 Academy Liverpool on July 20.
Duo back charity match
Football’s biggest charity match returns to ITV this summer, and John Bishop and Jamie Carragher, pictured, are back on the team.
Soccer Aid will be taking place on Sunday, June 8, at Old Trafford and will broadcast live on ITV.
Two star-studded squads of football legends and the world’s biggest stars will compete in an electrifying football match all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams will once again lead the England team while Welsh movie star Michael Sheen returns to captain The Rest of the World.
Joining John Bishop in this year’s England squad will be Mark Owen, Jack Whitehall, Olly Murs, True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith.
Michael Sheen’s Rest of the World squad welcomes the return of Scottish actor James McAvoy and chef Gordon Ramsay, alongside Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, comedian Patrick Kielty and American new boy, Man v Food presenter Adam Richman.
English football legends signed so far include Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp, Paul Ince, David Seaman and Teddy Sheringham. Edwin van der Sar and Jaap Stam are confirmed to appear for The Rest of the World.
David Bull, from UNICEF UK, said: “Soccer Aid 2014 will raise vital money to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children get life-saving food, medicine and clean water. Please, buy a ticket to go to Soccer Aid or watch the match on ITV and help us change children’s lives.”
Tickets now on sale from 0845 456 2014.
Debra’s game for a laugh at launch of new comedy
Coronation Street and Bad Girls favourite Debra Stephenson reminded the staff at Gusto Albert Dock just how versatile her comedic skills are at the launch of Neil Simon’s Broadway smash hit Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
Debra kept the team amused on Thursday with her huge repertoire of impressions, taking off Lorraine Kelly, Amy Childs, Kate Bush and Cheryl Cole to perfection.
Lia Kennedy from Gusto Albert Dock says: “Debra’s impressions were frighteningly similar to those she was mimicking and her Lorraine Kelly is quite literally flawless!”
Debra was joined by fellow actor Stephen Pinder, who is also in the show which runs at St. Helen’s Theatre Royal From June 11-14.
The comedy sees Debra play not one but three roles – Elaine, Bobbi and Jeanette – while Brookie and Crossroads actor Stephen takes on the role of Barney Cashman, a character who is battling a mid-life crisis with mixed results.