Huey Lewis and the News ready for 'wine set' at Foxwoods
“We used to be a beer and hot dog band,” said Huey Lewis. “Now we’re with the wine-and-cheese set.”
It’s odd Huey Lewis and the News have grown up to playing — as Lewis called them — “winery amphitheaters throughout the west,” but it’s a result of the evolution of the music business, he said in an interview. The News will play the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Thursday night.
“What we do is sort of now disappearing,” he said about bands such as his and Chicago, the Doobie Brothers and other classic artists. “We wrote songs — we don’t want them to be trendy. We want them to be timeless. Our songs are actually more appropriate for people our age than people in their 20s.”
It’s true the Huey Lewis and the News canon lives with its Baby Boomer audience, but their songs have a timeless appeal. “Do You Believe in Love” remains a shimmering pop song, “The Heart of Rock and Roll” still gets considerable airplay and “The Power of Love” will live on with its also-timeless film companion, “Back to the Future.”
These songs are just a portion of a career that includes two No. 1 albums and three No. 1 singles. Today the band is working on new material, including the title track to the Seth Rogen film “Pineapple Express.” Lewis said he was approached to write and perform the song with the only parameter being the title had to be “Pineapple Express.” After hearing the film’s synopsis, Lewis agreed.
“I had a ball with it,” he said, noting the song “has a lot of horns in it.”
Lewis said the band will likely record a new album, but he wasn’t sure how the album would be distributed.
“There’s no place for Huey Lewis and the News ... in the music business,” he said.
But that’s fine for Lewis. He said he thinks the business is suffering, and the art of music has been lost in the shuffle. There are artists, he said, who maintain the artistic integrity of music while performing at a large scale, mentioning Foo Fighters, whom he joined on stage at a recent show in Japan.
“The notion that you go see a band that plays music without machines or tapes and actually synergistically becomes greater than the parts ... that’s the notion,” he said. “And that’s kind of hard to find.”
Lewis and the News were never about machines and tapes. Remember, at the heart of the matter, they’re a live band. A beer and hot dog band.
“Playing live is the thing we do best,” he said. “It’s really what we’re about.”
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IF YOU GO
- What: Huey Lewis and the News in concert.
- When: 8 p.m. Thursday.
- Where: MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Route 2A, Ledyard.
- Price: $40-$60.
- For more information, visit www.mgmatfoxwoods.com