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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - ALICIA NALLY

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

Pic­ture: RICHARD BE­LAND

Bo Bice, cur­rent lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears.

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