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On Tour with Brian Ray

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“On Tour” takes you backstage and behind the scenes with musicians and production teams who have spent most of their lives traveling the world on some of the biggest tours in history. Host Brian Ray, lifelong musician and guitarist for Paul McCartney, sits down with his friends as they share the stories most of them thought they’d never tell from their years on the road performing for millions."On Tour" is a production of Black Barrel Media and iHeartRadio. For more information about “On Tou ...
 
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