Tim Kasper,

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the Florida mem­ber of Min­nesota’s Blenders, plans to get back into the lo­cal mix again by buy­ing an­other place here.

“I haven’t had a place up there since 2005. I’ll be com­ing up for the tour,” he said. That tour is the “2017 Hol­i­day Soul Tour,” Dec. 8-10 at the Pan­tages The­atre, and will in­clude his vo­cal band mates

and They’ll sing songs from “our fifth Christ­mas al­bum, ‘Holy Night,’ ” Kasper said. “We’ve been tour­ing since 1990, but we’ve been tour­ing with the Christ­mas mu­sic since 2002. It’s been 20 years since ‘Nog’ [the first Christ­mas al­bum]. ‘Nog’ was def­i­nitely a play­ful ti­tle. This year’s ti­tle is much less ca­sual.

“What hap­pened when we wanted to record ‘O, Holy Night,’ the most rev­er­en­tial song — you re­ally have to do a great job if you’re goin’ to do it. We’ve been hold­ing off and fi­nally we thought, it’s time to tackle that one. That’s the show­piece.”

Among the 10 tracks are: “Mary’s Boy Child,” “Light of the World,” “Shake Up Christ­mas” and “a re­ally cool ver­sion of ‘Do You Hear What I Hear,’ which is a mashup of The Who’s ‘Baba

Rust Ryan Lance, Dar­ren Al­lan Rust.

O’Ri­ley.’ The first time we did that live a few years ago that got a great re­sponse,” said Kasper.

He notes, “I al­ways say we’re not a boy band; we’re a man band.”

Q: What song is not on the al­bum that would be if you had com­plete cre­ative con­trol?

A: Oh my. Af­ter five Christ­mas al­bums, I think we’ve recorded all of the Christ­mas songs I re­ally wanted to record. Maybe … there was a song by that’s more of a con­tem­po­rary Christ­mas song that I know I could have sung that I might have wanted to do.

Christina Perri

Q: From whom would you rather hear that your voice is a lit­tle pitchy: your wife or a fel­low Blender?

A: I think one of the guys. The big­gest chal­lenge with stay­ing to­gether as long as we have is be­ing great friends. We’ve only had one mem­ber change ever, and he’s still a great friend of ours. In 28 years, we’ve gone through one mem­ber change. My wife — in fact, I just asked her some­thing about the show — is very hon­est with me. She comes from a per­form­ing fam­ily back­ground; from the guys it’s more pro­fes­sional, but from her it might st­ing a lit­tle bit more.

Q: Could the Blenders keep a do­cuseries in­ter­est­ing?

A: Yeah. In fact, it’s in­ter­est­ing you would say that. Back in the ’90s, when we were go­ing to be the next big thing, we met with Fox, HBO and some other peo­ple about hav­ing our own tele­vi­sion show. That was be­fore re­al­ity TV. So what I al­ways tell peo­ple is if re­al­ity TV had ex­isted, I think we would’ve had a show for sure. We were kind of think­ing of a new “Mon­kees,” al­though we’re a real group. Yes, I think we could have back then, for sure. Now we’re a lit­tle more bor­ing.

Q: Who’s the prac­ti­cal joker? A: I would say all of us. We never stop mess­ing around, even over texts.

Q: What’s the weird­est place you’ve been rec­og­nized out­side a men’s room? A: I was rec­og­nized in a locker room at Life Time Fit­ness, where a guy just pointed at me: Hey, it’s you.

I un­der­stand he prob­a­bly didn’t know me by name, just that guy from the Blenders. But I was also rec­og­nized in Saratoga one time, which im­pressed my friends. We were hav­ing din­ner out­side and a cou­ple walked by and the woman said: Is it re­ally you!? [Laugh­ter.] So I stood up and said, “I think so, who do you think I am?” We have a neat level of no­to­ri­ety in that we have awe­some fans and sup­port, and I would never want to dis­re­spect any­one who is such a big fan. But on the other hand, most peo­ple don’t know who we are. It’s not like we can’t walk down the street.

“My wife ... is very hon­est with me.”

Q: Did you play any in­stru­ments as a kid?

A: I played trom­bone, I played piano; that was my main in­stru­ment. In fact, Ryan Lance of the Blenders; we took piano when we were 5 or 7, I think we were 5.

Q: Did any­body tell you that play­ing the trom­bone would make your lips big­ger?

A: Ooh. No one told me that. But it made me a great kisser.

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