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Alan Hewitt

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When The Moody Blues come to Interlochen, Petoskey native Alan Hewitt will be at the keyboard.
Now based in Los Angeles, Hewitt said he always aims to get back to Northern Michigan once a year. He and the band perform Saturday, June 26.
He chatted with The Graphic about touring with the band, his solo music and getting back up north.

Graphic: You’ve done a lot of solo work but recently are touring with The Moody Blues. How did you hook up with them?

Hewitt: I was with the same management company as them about 18 years ago, and so I got to be friends with them then, and they were going to make a change and their agent called me and said would you be interested? … So I went through the audition process. There were about 30 guys around the world auditioning and I got it … It’s been great, a real natural thing, too.

G: Were you familiar with their work then?
H: Yes, because I had kind of prepared for this about 18 years ago when I was actually up for the spot back then, too. And for whatever reason I didn’t get that one back then. It’s kind of a neat full circle deal.

G: You are a Petoskey native but you’re out in Los Angeles now. Do you get back to the area much?
H: Yes, every year, in the summer … My parents, Doris and Gordon Hewitt, live there, who — actually it was their 68th anniversary in May — and also my brother Ron, and his family live there too. So I have lots of reasons to come back.

G: Were you involved in a lot of music in the area when you were here?

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