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It is the dream of not a few pipe band pipers and drummers to have rock-star status, but the Red Hot Chilli Pipers continue to live the dream, especially after the bagpipe-rock fusion group was received an award for its DVD, Blast Live, going triple-platinum in Scotland.
The band was presented with the award by Neil Ross of REL Records May 8th at their gig at the Arches in Glasgow. The group is currently on tour in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur playing its brand of “jock and roll” around the world.
The success of Blast Live follows that of Bagrock for the Masses, which also attained Scottish platinum status, as well as making the UK pop charts in December 2007.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers specialize in tartaned-up covers of iconic rock songs by such groups as Queen, Coldplay and Deep Purple. The band consists of pipers Stuart Cassells, Kevin MacDonald and Willie Armstrong; pipe band snare drummers Steven Graham and Malcolm McEwan; rock drummer Steven Black; Chris Russell on keyboards; and Gregor James on guitar.
Ten-thousand DVD sales are needed to gain platinum status in Scotland. For a CD to go platinum in Scotland, 30,000 units must be sold. Cassells reports that the Blast Live CD has so far reached 22,000 sales.