Huey Lewis and the News return to Interlochen for a performance that blends old and new in the most satisfying way. Hear the hit singles that made Huey Lewis and The News big news themselves before spending some time with their new works that are making waves. This Interlochen event will blend past and present hits for an incredible performance.
80s hitmakers Huey Lewis and the News
How They Got Their Start
Huey Lewis formed the News in 1978 from two rival Bay area bands. Soundhole featured drummer Bill Gibson, saxophonist and guitarist Johnny Colla, and bassist Mario Cipollina (younger brother of John Cipollina from Quicksilver Messenger Service). Clover featured Sean Hopper on keyboards and Lewis on harmonica and vocals. Both had had some success, Clover primarily in Great Britain where Lewis appeared onstage with Thin Lizzy and the rest of the band sans Lewis backed Elvis Costello on his debut album, My Aim Is True.
After coming together as Huey Lewis and American Express, then changing their name to Huey Lewis and the News to avoid potential trademark difficulties, they released their self-titled album in 1980 – which was ignored by the press and public. However, its follow-up, 1982’s Picture This, went gold, fueled by the breakout success of the hit single “Do You Believe in Love,” written by former Clover producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, and its followup, “Workin’ For a Living.” That set the stage for what would become the group’s, and one of the decade’s, biggest albums.
Mainstream power pop/rock
Influences and Inspirations
The Beach Boys, Pablo Cruise, the Doobie Brothers, 60s r&b, British pub rock
Reflecting a working class background in its title as well as its approach, Sports slowly became a multi-platinum success, thanks to touring and a series of videos that received heavy airplay on MTV. It eventually climbed to the top of the charts, spawning hit singles “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” and “If This Is It.”
“The Power of Love” from the film Back to the Future kept the momentum going, as did the subsequent band’s subsequent album, Fore! It too made No. 1 and boasted four hit singles.
Since those heady days, Lewis and the band continue to tour and record, keeping their good-time vibe alive. The band’s most recent recording, Soulsville, does the same for music from the venerable Stax label.
“We were hanging by a thread, but two things saved us: Europe and Huey Lewis.”– Steve Kupka of Tower of Power, which played on Fore! and the subsequent tour.
“You won’t hear anyone singing that isn’t there.”– Huey Lewis guaranteeing that there won’t be any lip-syncing or recorded backing when he and the News are on stage.
Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Date & Time
Tuesday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for this Interlochen event start at $43.50. Go to Tickets.Interlochen.org
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