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Paul Miller of WPHM interviewed Greg Hind of the Little River Band.
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Feeling in a late 70s, early 80s frame of mind?
Maybe even reminiscing?
The Little River Band, which first hit the charts in 1975 with the original members in their home country of Australia, will perform at 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave.
Wayne Nelson plays bass and shares lead vocals — he says he “hired somebody younger” to do the high harmonies on hits like “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change” and “Lonesome Loser.” He’s been with the band for 35 years — since 1979.
“I got a lot of miles under my belt,” he said.
He said he took over as the front man in 2000.
“I get to sing all the cool lyrics,” he said.
The show in Lexington, Nelson said, will have something of a Christmas theme.
“We have a Christmas CD that’s been out for a couple of years,” he said.
He said they’re not likely to be singing “Sleigh Ride” or “White Christmas.”
“Ours are less traditional Christmas songs – pop songs about Christmas like Keb’ Mo’, Mariah Carey and Kenny Loggins, Neil Diamond,” he said.
He said the group is all about giving the people what they expect when they hear the name “Little River Band.” That includes people who grew up in the 70s and people who grew up in the 90s.
“We play for people in their mid-20s who grew up with the music in their house or their car because their parents were listening to it,” he said.
“People go to a show of a vintage band for one thing, and that’s memories. They want to hear it the way they used to.”
After their Lexington gig, the band will be playing in Florida before returning to Michigan at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant on Jan. 17.
“We have a lot of fun,” Nelson said. “There’s way too much travel not to.
“I’m the tour manager as well, and it’s a huge workload to coordinate everyone’s travel.
“It’s pretty grueling when we’re not doing what we love, which is onstage playing the music,” he said. “That 90 minutes makes it worthwhile.”
He said the band’s sets are “no smoke and mirrors,” no fog machines or pyrotechnics, just five guys playing music.
And, he said, it’s something they love to do.
“If it got to be just a job, we would have to quit,” Nelson said.
Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or email@example.com.
Read the original Times Herald article HERE
Little River Band Wayne Nelson discusses the upcoming Christmas Show at the Lexington Village Theatre on Sunday, December 14th with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380.
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Grimm shows his Talent
Michael Grimm will be showing why he was the America’s Got Talent’s fifth season winner Saturday at the Lexington Village Theatre.
Grimm will perform some of the songs that put him in front of judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, as well as a song he released online as a download called “Starting Over.” Concert-goers might even get a sneak peek from the new album he is working on, he said.
Being on the show, he said, “was a life-changing experience. I got to meet some wonderful people along the way.”
A native of Waveland, Mississippi, Grimm, 35, said he thought he would be passed over for the show as its producers were slow to reach him initially, but he got the call to go to Hollywood while on the road touring with Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.
“They called me up and there I was in Hollywood,” he said. “I really didn’t know that I was going to be in front of the judges so suddenly. I thought I was going to do the whole cattle call again.”
After his two shows in Lexington, Grimm said he plans on leaving for Switzerland to celebrate his wife, Lucie’s, birthday. Grimm said he proposed to his wife on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
“I only did that because she said to me, ‘I don’t care if you marry me in a courtroom, but when you propose make sure it’s good’,” he said.
Lexington Village Theater event coordinator Becky Hortop described Grimm as a soulful singer.
“He has kind of that Southern blues sound,” she said. This will be Grimm’s first appearance at the recently re-opened theater, she said. “We are expecting a really good turn out.”
Show times for the Saturday performance are 5 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $19, $25 and $39
The theater is in its first year of business under new owners Mike and Lanae Kettlewell. It was vacant for more than two years. The owners have added a new sound system and upgraded the lighting.
“What we’re trying to do is bring top talent from the area and also nationally. Michael Grimm certainly fits that,” Mike Kettlewell said.
Further plans for the theater include introducing reserved seating, adding season tickets for people who would like to attend multiple events with one purchase, and to publish a list of upcoming events so people can plan ahead, he said.
“This year was more sporadic. We had to catch (performers) on the route as they came through Michigan,” Kettlewell said. “Next year we’re going to have a much more planned approach.”
Tickets are available through the Lexington Village Theatre website, or call the theater box office at (810) 359-5108. Tickets are also at the door.
Contact Syeda Ferguson at (810) 989-6276 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU GO
• When: 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Lexington Village Theatre
• Cost: $19, $25 and $39 at www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or by calling (810) 359-5108
• More Information: www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or www.michaelgrimmmusic.com