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Bo Bice leads Blood, Sweat & Tears into Huntington

The Parthenon

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013 22:12

Bo Bice will perform lead vocals for Blood, Sweat & Tears’ performance Tuesday at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

The performance will incorporate the music of Blood, Sweat & Tears as well as holiday music accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra.

Blood, Sweat & Tears gained fame in the late ‘60s with hits such as “Spinning Top” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.” The group earned 10 Grammy nominations and won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, beating artists such as The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Bice gained first gained the attention of Bobby Colomby, former Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer and current owner, with his performance of “Spinning Top” on American Idol’s fourth season.

“This past couple of months, I’ve done I guess five shows with the band Blood, Sweat & Tears and this all really did come about from them I guess seeing me on Idol and I performed their song ‘Spinning Wheel,’” Bice said. “So that was I guess a good enough reason for them to reach out to me and I was honored to get the call, but I’d be lying to you if I said that it hasn’t been a lot of hard work.”

Bice said the diverse rock, pop and jazz sounds the band incorporates into its music makes for enjoyable performances.

“I love the fact that you can go from ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,’ a very poppy-sounding, romantic song and turn around and you’re playing something like ‘Almost Sorry’ or ‘Spinning Wheel’ or more and more songs like that that are very rock-driven,” Bice said. “There’s not a lot of bands out there that have the ability to do that in their catalogue.”

While he said he loves that diversity, Bice said preparing for it has been a challenge.

“It’s definitely a challenge, so not only am I honored to be a part of I guess the band and a band that’s helped shape my career and my love of music, but also it’s nice to have those creative juices flowing again to the point that it’s something new and fresh and not just kind of waking up and seeing yourself in the mirror every day,” Bice said.

Despite achieving solo success with songs such as “The Real Thing” and “Inside Your Heaven,” Bice said he is unsure on whether or not his own songs will be incorporated into the show.

“It’s not something I’m going to say won’t happen, but to be honest with you, I kind of like it to where when people come out, they see Blood, Sweat & Tears for what Blood, Sweat & Tears is,” Bice said. “Right now I’m more focused on making sure that we make Blood, Sweat & Tears a hit together.”

While performing the catalogue of one of his favorite bands was appealing, Bice said there was something else that got him interested.

“The main reason I got involved in this and what really sparked my interest in this wasn’t just the catalogue of the band. It was more of the fact that we’re going to be doing the first studio album for Blood, Sweat & Tears in almost two decades,” Bice said. “It was more knowing that we’re going to have the opportunity to bring a band that’s already a huge legendary band into the modern age with a new singer and a new kind of vibe and a new element to their music.”

Bice said the album is still in its early stages.

“I’m writing myself. We’re all writing individually and able to write together as we find time on the road and to do things like that,” Bice said. “So it’s still in its infancy, but I would say that an album is probably next year.”

Bice said that his work with the band will not affect his solo career.

“I’m not shutting the door on Bo Bice or anything like that,” Bice said. “It’s really just more than anything, I guess I’m adding a feature to my little tool bag—to be able to go out and do something as great as Blood, Sweat & Tears and then to also have the ability to go out and be Bo Bice and do my stuff is not an option that just falls in your lap every day.”

Blood, Sweat & Tears will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free for full-time students and vary for the public based on seating.

Tickets can be purchased through the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center by picking them up at the box office or calling 304-696-3326. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster.com.

Zach Haught can be contacted at haught36@marshall.edu.

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