Huey Lewis and The News plays with much heart and soul.
Huey Lewis and The News has to be one of America’s greatest rock’n’roll bands. They have earned a spot on the pop history map by selling over 20 million albums in the process and continuing to thrill audiences worldwide.
The band is proud Grammy Award winners with hits such as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You” and “Do You Believe In Love?” The film, Back To The Future, featured Huey Lewis and The News’ hit, “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time,” which were considered Top 10 Hits. The fact that they can incorporate R&B and soul to create a unique sound is utterly unbelievable.
“The Power of Love,” nominated for an Academy Award, went to #1 on the 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 and The News live show. They incorporate a variety of musical influences including R&B and soul to create their own unique sound.
Huey Lewis is the lead vocalist and plays the harmonica. At the age of 13, he was introduced to playing the harmonica. After graduating, he hitch-hiked throughout western Europe as he continued to play the harmonica for about a year. Then, he attended Cornell University for a year and a half, playing in bands and attending some classes. Once he dropped out, he moved back to California where he joined the country-rock band, Clover. The band was signed by Phonogram Records in London. After moving back to San Francisco in 1977, he assembled “The News.” Lewis is in show business and will do anything to get his name out there. He actually played Billy Flynn in the broadway musical Chicago as well as filmed with Gwyneth Paltrow and guest starred on the sit-com, Hot in Cleveland.
Johnny Colla as guitarist, saxophonist and vocalist is good friends with Lewis. Colla actually played in Clover’s rival group, Soundhole. Although essentially an integral part of The News, Colla embarked a solo career in hopes of expanding his personal musical horizons.
Bill Gibson as drummer, percussionist and vocalist is considered to be a founding member. Longing to be a saxophone player, his music teacher gave him a clarinet to familiarize himself with the mouthpiece. Gibson’s father was an amateur drummer, providing him with his very first pair of drumsticks. After seeing all the great big band jazz artists, Gibson became obsessed with the drums as he got a set of drums by the age of 14. Influences consist of Mitch Mitchell from Jimi Hendrix’ Experience, Bill Bowen from Sons of Champlin, Lenny White from Chick Corea’s Return To Forever and Billy Cobbham from The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Sean Hopper as keys and vocals has always taken part in bands since the eighth grade. His first band was the Round the Bend Blues Band. Hopper joined Huey Lewis and The News on the Monday Night Live spot at Uncle Charlie’s, allowing him to further his career. He is an avid motorcyclist and gets through the down and gritty roads of Colorado on sport and touring bikes.
John Pierce has been the bass player since 1994. He met the band in the late 1970s when he was a member of another band called Marin County Band. Even at the age of five, Pierce decided to pursue music as he played a variety of instruments before sticking with the bass guitar. Shortly after two years of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Pierce because one of Los Angeles’ busiest studio musicians. This growth allowed him to work with Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Bruce Hornsby, Paul Westerberg and Boz Scaggs.
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