SINGING FOR JOY
He wasn’t born when Blood, Sweat and Tears were originally formed but that hasn’t stopped Bo Bice from taking a leading role with the band
Growing up listening to Blood, Sweat and Tears tunes pumping out of his parents’ stereo, a young Bo Bice never imagined he would one day be fronting the successful legacy band.
The 2005 American Idol runner-up heads to Twin Towns this weekend as part of the 1960s American jazz-rock band’s Australian tour.
It has been more than four decades since drummer/ producer Bobby Colomby assembled a group to successfully blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style.
Today, with Colomby still at the helm, a new generation of musicians are keeping the band alive. Bice says he has been a Blood, Sweat and Tears fan his entire life.
“When I was on American Idol I did a (Blood, Sweat and Tears) song called Spinning Wheel – I didn’t know it at the time but I guess that was my unofficial audition,” he says. “Never in a million years had I thought I’d be in the band singing.’’
Formed in 1967 in New York, Blood, Sweat and Tears quickly became a hit-making machine.
Famous for songs like You Made Me so Very Happy, I Can’t Quit Her, Spinning Wheel, Hi-De-Ho and When I Die, the group played material by Laura Nyro, James Taylor, the Band, the Rolling Stones, Billie Holiday and Erik Satie.
Founding member Colomby says while more than 100 members have passed through the band, the hitmakers are still going strong.
“We’re not trying to target just one generation,” he says.
“That would be a mistake. With this updated version (of the show), I want to gain a wider audience. I want people of all ages to come and say, ‘Next time I’m bringing more friends to the show; they gotta see this band’.”
Blood, Sweat and Tears, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, Saturday night
Bo Bice, current lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears.