Blood, Sweat, Tears for Bice

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Greig John­ston

IT’S a 21st-cen­tury rock-and-roll dream: kid sings clas­sic band’s song on re­al­ity TV show, then gets asked to join said clas­sic band.

Bo Bice never thought his ver­sion of Blood, Sweat and Tears’ Spin­ning Wheel on Amer­i­can Idol in 2005 would open that door.

Bice fin­ished sec­ond to Car­rie Un­der­wood on sea­son four of Idol, his south­ern drawl win­ning mil­lions of hearts with great ver­sions of The Black Crowes’ Rem­edy, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird and Spin­ning Wheel.

Three years ago Bice was asked to join Blood, Sweat and Tears – the ac­claimed out­fit formed by Al Kooper in 1967.

The band fused rock, jazz, funk and soul into hits such as like You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, And When I Die and Lu­cre­tia Macevil.

“They gave me a call and said ‘Hey, would you be in­ter­ested in this op­por­tu­nity?’” Bice said.

“At the time I never thought in a mil­lion years it would be an au­di­tion for Blood, Sweat and Tears.

“It was only go­ing to be like three shows, five shows.

“We just kept book­ing them. Over time, it kind of took off.”

This year marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the for­ma­tion of Blood, Sweat and Tears.

The band is still un­der the mu­si­cal di­rec­tion of orig­i­nal mem­ber Bobby Colomby and em­bark­ing on its sec­ond Aus­tralian tour in 18 months.

Bice said he was con­tin­u­ally amazed by the qual­ity of mu­si­cians in the band.

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