Ric’key “Hot Keys” Pageot is on the front cover of today’s Le Journal de Montreal“Un Québécois avec Madonna”. Ric’key was interviewed a few hours before the show in Philadelphia and talked about the generosity of Madonna as well as his intimate moment on stage during “Like A Virgin”.
Go here to read the interview (it’s in French but you can use Google Translator).Ric’key will play tonight with Dessy Di Lauroat Le Piano Rouge in Montreal. Go check them out!
Check out this great article about Dessy Di Lauro and Ric’key Pageot from the Montreal Gazette, where they talk about their careers in music and how Ric’key got hooked up with the Queen of Pop, aka Madonna!
“We wanted to go up, as far as our career,” Di Lauro said. “There’s a lot more opportunity (in L.A.). It’s a music and entertainment hub. When we moved there, Ric’key got Madonna soon after.” She makes it sounds easy, and it kinda was. Pageot had met Madonna’s musical director, Kevin Antunes, while on tour with Delirium.
“At the time, he was the musical director for Justin Timberlake,” Pageot said. Upon arrival, he dropped Antunes a line. “I said, ‘Hey, I just moved to L.A. I’m available if ever you need me.’ Four months later, I got a call for Madonna.”
Pageot auditioned, impressed and made it to the final two, where it reportedly came down to him and one other keyboardist. He made the cut because he played – of all things – accordion. Madonna wanted to incorporate a Gypsy jam into her show; she wanted someone who played accordion, which, luckily, he had learned for Delirium.
So what was it like touring with the Queen of Pop?
“Phenomenal,” Pageot said. “She wants us to live her life, meet cool people and hang out in really cool places. Dessy got to come out a couple of times.”
Check out this mini article about Ric’key Pageot (Madonna, Cirque Du Soleil) that is featured on the webpages of Nord Keyboards!
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- Ric’key Pageot, keyboardist with Madonna, and multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, music director
Ric’key Pageot will be back on the road very soon, this time with another icon & diva – Diana Ross! Ric’key, who is in the final stages of producing Dessy Di Lauro‘s new album, played keyboards, piano & accordion in Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour and now is ready to hit the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston on May 15th!