Hit-makers hit Vail Valley Thursday
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Break out the leather jackets and denim, Vail Valley – the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek is offering all children of the 1960s and ’70s a nostalgic trip back through rock ‘n roll history on Thursday night as jazz-rock hit-makers Blood, Sweat & Tears team up with former Three Dog Night lead singer Chuck Negron for a “best of both worlds” concert experience.Blood, Sweat & Tears performing their hits during the first half of the show. For the second half of the evening, they shift into a support role, playing as backup band for Negron as he belts out Three Dog Night classics.Formed in 1967 by Al Kooper and Steve Katz out of the remnants of the Blues Project, Blood, Sweat & Tears has varying lineups through the years. The group is best known for fusing of rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into a hybrid form of music that came to be known as “jazz-rock.”Contrary to popular belief, the band’s name was not derived from the famous Winston Churchill quote as was widely reported at the time, but rather from a Johnny Cash album of the same name and a late night gig in which Kooper played with a bloody hand.The music of Blood, Sweat & Tears achieved commercial success alongside similarly configured ensembles such as Chicago and the Electric Flag. Kooper was eventually forced out and the group began the process of looking for a new singer, originally considering Stephen Stills and Laura Nyro before deciding on a Canadian, David Clayton-Thomas.Reportedly, Judy Collins had seen him perform at a New York City club and was so taken by the performance that she told Katz and Bobby Colomby about him. With her prodding, they agreed to see him perform and were so impressed that he was immediately offered the lead singer role.”Blood, Sweat & Tears,” the band’s self-titled second album, quickly hit the top of the charts, winning album of the year at the 1969 Grammy Awards over The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” This commercial and critical acclaim was culminated by an appearance at Woodstock.Blood, Sweat & Tears continues its heavy touring schedule throughout the world, performing hits such as “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” “Lucretia MacEvil,” Hi-De-Ho” and “Go Down Gamblin’.”Chuck Negron is a founding member of Three Dog Night. He brought Harry Nilsson’s “One” to the group, while also selecting and singing lead on Elton John’s first song to be released in the U.S., “Lady Samantha.” He also picked and sang Paul Williams’ “Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Out In The Country,” Laura Nyro’s “Eli’s Coming,” David Loggins’ “Pieces of April” and Hoyt Axton’s “Joy To The World.”Three Dog Night called it quits in 1976. By then, the rock lifestyle had taken its toll on Negron and he suffered from serious heroin addiction. His best selling book “Three Dog Nightmare” and his second book “Three Dog Nightmare: The Continuing Chuck Negron Story” chronicles his personal life-and-death struggle. He attributes his recovery to his turning to God in desperation after dropping out of over 30 drug treatment facilities. He has remained clean and sober ever since.In addition to his writing, Negron also launched a solo music career, recording four of albums, while also touring with Blood, Sweat & Tears. When asked to name his favorite Three Dog Night song, Negron said, “I don’t know. I guess I’d have to say ‘One’. It was very different from our other songs. The one I’m most proud of is ‘Easy To Be Hard’ because I did it in one take.”Blood, Sweat & Tears/Chuck Negron tickets are $88, $98 and $118 apiece and are available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek.
What: Blood, Sweat & Tears with Chuck NegronWhen: 8 p.m., ThursdayWhere: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver CreekCost: $88- $118More information: 888-920-2787 or http://www.vilarpac.org
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