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Huey Lewis and the News

Postby Chris » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:48 am

Huey Lewis and the News – Friday at 9pm

Huey Lewis – lead vocals, harmonica
Sean Hopper – keyboards, backing vocals
Bill Gibson – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Johnny Colla – rhythm guitar, saxophone, backing vocals
Stef Burns – lead guitar, backing vocals
John Pierce – bass

AKA “The Sports Section:
Marvin McFadden – trumpet, percussion, backing vocals
Rob Sudduth – saxophone, backing vocals
Johnnie Bamont - saxophones

Huey Lewis and the News formed in 1978 (as Huey Lewis and the American Express) from parts of two rival Bay Area bands, Clover and Soundhole. Lewis and keyboardist Sean Hopper were from Clover while rhythm guitarist/saxophonist Johnny Colla, drummer Bill Gibson, and bassist Mario Cipollina were from Soundhole. Chris Hayes also joined the band on lead guitar. After releasing an unsuccessful single the band added Chris Hayes , change ‘American Express’ to ‘News’ and signed to Chrysalis Records. Their debut self-titled album from 1980 garnered little fanfare but the 1982 album Picture This went gold behind the #7 hit “Do You Believe in Love.” “Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do” (#41) and “Workin’ for a Livin” (#41) also charted from the album. It was 1983’s Sports album that shot the band into superstardom. Fueled by the boom of MTV (yes they once played videos), the band had four straight top 10 hits with #8 “Heart and Soul” and three #6 hits, “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,,” and “If This Is It.” The album reached platinum 7 times and climbed to #1 on the charts. “Walking on a Thin Line” also reached #18 from the album. The band continued their hot streak with “The Power of Love,” which became their first #1 hit after being featured in the movie Back to the Future. The band was also featured on the 1985 USA for Africa benefit single “We Are the World.” 1986’s Fore! album also reached #1 and spawned two more #1 hits, “Stuck with You” and “Jacob’s Ladder.” It went triple platinum and had five top-10 singles. 1988’s Small World, while going platinum, only had one top 10 hit with the #3 “Perfect World” and was a step back for the band. They band took a break and left Chrysalis Records to join EMI. They released Hard to Play in 1991 and had two more top 40 hits in “Couple Days Off” (#11) and “It Hit Me Like a Hammer” (#21). The album went gold but would be their last album of original material until 2001. They released Four Chords & Several Years Ago, a cover album of songs from the 50’s and 60’s, in 1994 on Elektra Records. Cipollina left after the band’s tour for the album. The band would go through several lineup changes before releasing Plan B in 2001 on Jive Records. Their latest album of new material is 2010’s Soulsville. The band will be making their 2nd appearance at Moondance Jam after closing out Jam 13 in 2004.

Did You Know?
Huey Lewis’s real name is Hugh Anthony Cregg III.
He was a member of Clover from 1972-1979.
He scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of his ACT and was an all-state baseball player in high school.
He taught himself to play harmonica while hitchhiking across the country.
He eventually traveled across Europe, hitchhiking and playing harmonica in public for money.
He went to Cornell University but did not graduate.
The band has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
The album Sports has 7X Platinum status with over 7 million sales.
The band has 12 top ten hits, three of which reached #1.
“Power of Love” from the hit film Back to the Future hit #1.
The song was nominated or an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Huey Lewis appeared in Back to the Future briefly.
He plays a teacher judging bands for a “Battle of the Bands” contest.
He tells Marty McFly’s band, who plays a version of the bands’ “The Power of Love” that they are “too darn loud.”
Besides Back to the Future, the band also provided the title track to the 2008 movie Pineapple Express.
Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott, from the San Francisco 49ers, sang backup on the #3 hit “Hip to be Square.”
Prior to forming the band, Lewis played harmonica on the Thin Lizzy song “Baby Drives Me Crazy.”
He also played on Thin Lizzy’s iconic live album Live and Dangerous.
He was listed as Huey Harp on the 1978 album.
“Do You Believe in Love” was written by legendary producer Mutt Lange.
Originally titled “We Both Believe in Love,” Lewis changed the lyrics.
Lange released the original version of the song on his band’s (Supercharge) album Body Rhythm in 1979.
Lange had produced two Clover albums when Lewis was in that band.
He also played harmonica and sang backup on Bruce Hornsby and The Range’s debut album The Way It Is.
Hornsby later wrote the #1 hit “Jacob’s Ladder” for the News.
He released his own version of the song on his 1988 album Scenes from the Southside.
1982’s Picure This was on the charts for 35 weeks.
The band sued Ray Parker Jr. for plagiarizing “I Want a New Drug” for his hit “Ghostbusters.” They settle out of court.
Huey Lewis & the News closed out Moondance Jam 13 in 2004.
The band released Live at 25, a live album recorded in Chico, California, to celebrate their 25th anniversary together.
Lewis recorded a version of “Workin’ for a Livin’” with Garth Brooks.
That song was included on Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits album in 2007.
The song reached #20 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
“I Want a New Drug” hit #1 on the Dance Club Play Chart.
The song has been covered and released by 4 bands.
“Weird Al” Yankovic parodied the song in 1985 as “I Want a New Duck.”
Alex Call, from the band Clover, wrote the band’s 1988 #3 hit “Perfect World.”
Call also co-wrote the hit “867-5309/Jenny” for Tommy Tutone in 1981.
The band will be touring with Jimmy Buffett on the Workin’ and Playin’ tour this summer.

Album Charts
1980 Huey Lewis and the News
1982 Picture This #3 *Gold
1983 Sports #1 *7X Platinum
1986 Fore! #1 *3X Platinum
1988 Small World *Platinum
1991 Hard at Play #27 *Gold
1994 Four Chord & Several Years Ago #55
1996 Time Flies… The Best of #185
2001 Plan B #165
2006 Greatest Hits & Videos #61 *Gold
2010 Soulsville #121

Billboard Singles Charts
1982 Do You Believe in Love #7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzIbyDbmsyg
1982 Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do #36 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmyfA-P3oVc
1982 Workin’ for a Livin’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcIK3akktLU
1983 Heart and Soul #8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TdaXhpjHws
1984 I Want a New Drug #6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6uEMOeDZsA
1984 The Heart of Rock & Roll #6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q61MvucepBs
1984 If This Is It #6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaTQAaJWW54
1984 Walking on a Thin Line #18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgdJnNc1Zns
1985 The Power of Love #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkAVfsw5xSQ
1985 Back in Time (#3 Mainstream Rock Chart) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4xf50aUxaE
1986 Stuck with You #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J08ZwySCoJ8
1986 Hip to Be Square #3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5YkmjalDg
1987 Jacob’s Ladder #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiWzMlw0hZQ
1987 I Know What I Like #9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzcy-3NSX5w
1987 Doing It All for My Baby #6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpdZvewjwJs
1988 Perfect World #3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIkOVe0MF1k
1988 Small World (Part One) #25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kknGtReBos0
1989 Give Me the Keys (And I’ll Drive You Crazy) #47 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cpBCEzNw_Q
1991 Couple Days Off #11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pa9-w2vvIA
1991 It Hit Me Like a Hammer #21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtxX1MFXkeg
1993 It’s Alright (#7 Mainstream Rock Chart) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3KlXn4Rsh4
1994 (She’s) Some Kind of Wonderful #44 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGu4CweC1TQ
1994 But It’s Alright #54 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njrhymfC1WU

Setlists
October 18, 2014 from Flint, Michigan
The Heart of Rock & Roll
If This Is It
I Want a New Drug
Your Love is Killing Me
Jacob’s Ladder
He Don’t Know
Hip to Be Square
Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um Um, Um
Little Bitty Pretty One
While We’re Young
Some Kind of Wonderful
Heart and Soul
But It’s Alright
We’re Not Here for a Long Time (We’re Here for a Good Time)
Encore:
The Power of Love
Doing It All for My Baby
Workin’ for a Livin’

October 7, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan
The Heart of Rock & Roll
Heart and Soul
Bad is Bad
I Want a New Drug
Trouble in Paradise
Jacob’s Ladder
Doing it All For My Baby
Back in Time
Hip to Be Square
It’s All Right (acapella)
Little Bitty Pretty One (acapella)
While We’re Young
But It’s Alright
We’re Not Here for a Long Time (We’re Here for a Good Time)

Encore:
The Power of Love
Dow You Believe in Love
The Boys are Back in Town
Workin’ for a Livin’

My Take
I can remember listening to the album Sports continuously many, many years ago. I had it on cassette and I believe I got it from BMG (who remembers getting all those cheap albums from BMG?! Like 7 for a $1 or something just crazy cheap!). That album had so many hits and it seemed to be on the charts forever. When I think of the band it takes me back to the mid-80’s, a time of junior high dances, sleepovers, Back to the Future, and an MTV that actually played music. I am impressed that four original members are still with the band. That is very hard to find in today’s classic rock world. I am a little surprised at the low amount of excitement that this signing has generated. The band brings a huge catalog of classic hits to the stage, which many long-time jammers are always asking for. Since my concert days didn’t really start until the late 80’s, I have never seen the band play live. I would be seeing them on June 6 here in Kansas City when they open for Jimmy Buffett but I have a wedding to attend that night. Dang! That’s ok though as the Moondance Jam stage brings out the best from most bands. With a ton of hits, most of which the band plays in concert, I am looking forward to a great setlist and a fun night of reminiscing, singing, and dancing in the sand to songs that will take me back to a different time. I can’t wait!
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Re: Huey Lewis and the News

Postby gopherboy6 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:57 am

I got lots of my stuff from BMG and Columbia House, always pretty good deals.

I have been waiting to see Huey for a long time, had tickets back in the 80's for a show and ended up missing it. They had a comedian open up for them and he got booed. So looking forward to this show and the Doobies Friday night!
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Re: Huey Lewis and the News

Postby IanR » Thu May 28, 2015 3:09 am

Guess he won't be doing 'The Boys are Back in Town' as one of his encores this time round :lol:
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Re: Huey Lewis and the News

Postby HalfPast6 » Thu May 28, 2015 12:16 pm

Ian, my bet is that they played THIS Boys Are Back In Town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltFdS0SJ41s and not the Thin Lizzy one. Fits their party band/bar band sound better.

Chris, I'm with you on being excited about Huey Lewis & The News. And I'm happy they're playing on my birthday and yours!
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Re: Huey Lewis and the News

Postby Lisa! » Thu May 28, 2015 6:22 pm

With a ton of hits, most of which the band plays in concert, I am looking forward to a great setlist and a fun night of reminiscing, singing, and dancing in the sand to songs that will take me back to a different time. I can’t wait!

and I'm glad Chris said he's going to be dancing in the sand-----best thing ever!

great write-up, too :D
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Re: Huey Lewis and the News

Postby IanR » Sat May 30, 2015 9:27 am

HalfPast6 wrote:Ian, my bet is that they played THIS Boys Are Back In Town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltFdS0SJ41s and not the Thin Lizzy one. Fits their party band/bar band sound better.

Chris, I'm with you on being excited about Huey Lewis & The News. And I'm happy they're playing on my birthday and yours!


Well you learn something every day, I had no idea there was another song of the same name :o
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