May 16, 2011

Whole new gig on the horizon for Rob Bellamy

The former Maine wing will continue his hockey career, but the rink isn't the only place he's working on hits.

By Rachel Lenzi
Staff Writer

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Rob Bellamy played at Maine from 2004 to 2008 before turning pro in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. He played this season in England.

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Sean Griffin, a Scarborough High senior, is combining his love of track and love of volunteerism to put on the Key to the Community 5K on May 30. He hopes for 75 runners.

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Then, Bellamy began to consider performing live music. He admitted that he was nervous at his first performance, April 5 in Nottingham. But as an athlete, he turned to visualization. If he saw it in his mind, he could do it on stage. In front of more than 200 people, Bellamy performed 20 songs, covers of songs by Bon Jovi, Oasis and Pearl Jam, and songs he wrote himself. In between songs, he talked about his teammates and his musical inspirations, things that came naturally to him.

"It was a special moment to see that, and to see how comfortable he was," Ryan said. "I started thinking, 'If he takes this serious, he could be very successful.' "

He returned to the U.S. this spring and visited his cousin, T-L Fielder, a freelance sports producer who lives in California. They shot and edited a video for "Let Yourself Be Free," a song about listening to one's heart and embracing personal freedom. As Bellamy strummed his guitar beneath the famed Venice Beach pier, Fiedler saw a different side of Bellamy, who was regarded by his extended family as the life of the party, the "hockey cousin."

"He's 100 percent into this," Fiedler said. "And he's got so much confidence and passion, and that desire to succeed. He's determined to get there, even whatever or where ever 'there' ultimately is."

This summer Bellamy will live in suburban Boston, where he is training and where he hopes to record and perform more music. Like other artists starting out, Bellamy is in search of outlets, of listeners and of someone to take a chance on him. It's a grass-roots effort to get the word out. He also hopes to find another opportunity in pro hockey.

"Hockey's my first passion," Bellamy said. "Hockey's been able to give me a lot, and give me time on the side for music, which is really exciting for me. I've started skating for the summer. But I'm not quite sure what I'll do in the fall yet."

Sometimes, all it takes is one hit.

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