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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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