FLINT – Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s greatest rock & roll bands and they are kicking off The Whiting’s 2014-2015 Season as part of the Diplomat Pharmacy Concert Series at The Whiting on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
As they enter their 35th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.
These Grammy Award winners have written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square”, “Do You Believe In Love”, and “Workin’ For A Livin”.
The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love,” nominated for an Academy Award, went to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart, and was a smash hit worldwide. As great a recording career as the band has had, there is something extra special about a Huey Lewis & The News live show. They incorporate a variety of musical influences, including R&B and soul to create their own unique sound.
Frontman Huey Lewis’ unmistakable voice has a rich, textured quality that lends itself well to not just their hits, but also to the variety of other songs featured in the show. Lewis also brings some bluesy tones to the performance when he breaks out into his harmonica solos. One of the highlights is their a cappella rendition of early rock n’ roll classics such as “It’s Alright”, “Little Bitty Pretty One”, and “Sixty Minute Man”.
Huey Lewis & The News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar, and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion, and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals), and John Pierce (bass). The live show features their long time horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries: Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet), and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).
Huey Lewis & The News have a love of music that comes through in everything they do. Be it their albums, their live performances, or the way they interact with their fans, they truly are a band with “Heart and Soul”.
Tickets are priced at $39-$69 and are available at TheWhiting.com, by phone at 810-237-7333 or (888) 8-CENTER or by walk-up at The Whiting Ticket Center and at the new Flint Farmers’ Market. The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley Street in Flint, just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College on the Flint Cultural Center campus.
For further information, please visit www.TheWhiting.com.
This performance is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and proudly sponsored by Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy as part of the Diplomat Concert Series at The Whiting, abc12, Town Square Media, and The View Newspapers Group. – G.G.