Three Dog Night performs their timeless songs in Beaver Creek Friday night |

Three Dog Night performs their timeless songs in Beaver Creek Friday night

Charlie OwenVail, CO,
The members of Three Dog Night from left to right: Paul Kingery on bass and vocals, Jimmy Greenspoon on keys, Danny Hutton on lead vocals, Michael Allsup on guitar, Pat Bautz on drums and Cory Wells on lead vocals. The band is known best for hits like "Joy To The World" and "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)."

BEAVER CREEK Three Dog Nights height of popularity came during the 70s when they had a string of Top 40 hits and their live show was in high demand. The band is known for its tight song arrangements, vocal harmonies and high-energy on-stage performances. One minute the band will perform an all out power-rock tune like Joy To The World, the next itll launch into a ballad like One without missing a beat or losing momentum. As a six-man group three of them lead vocalists they have a big sound.We are very loud singers, said Danny Hutton, one of the lead vocalists for Three Dog Night. We have the volume of opera singers, you know, big voices. The guys in the band theres nobody faking it there, everybodys been playing for over 40 years.Theyve also had crossover success in other genres. Though theyre mainly a rock band, theyve charted songs on country, R&B, pop and easy listening charts.Were not in a musical ghetto as far as just one style of music. I think anybody coming to see the show, I guarantee within an hour and a half youre going to hear some style of music that you like, Hutton said.

Although the band has undergone several lineup changes during its 35-year existence, Hutton pointed out that four out of six are still original members. The most notable loss was Chuck Negron who was fired in 1985. Negron was one of the three core vocalists and founding members of the band, along with Hutton and Cory Wells.Weve tried to get back together a couple of times … (but) you never say never, Hutton said.Three Dog Night will rock the stage Friday night at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek. Madonna Nuckolls, manager of the official Three Dog Night fan club, said she plans on attending the show in an e-mail interview.Their stage presence just pulls you in until you feel like youre part of the show too, Nuckolls wrote. Its wonderful to see multi-generations from small children to adults singing along to the songs of our life. For us, the concerts are like a stress-buster from work and the things we all struggle through every day. You always walk away feeling better and happier … and thats a pretty good thing.

But how does a band who started at the tail end of the 60s, broke up once and played for nearly four decades stay on the radar?Basically theyre good songs, Hutton said. Theyre songs that dont have an expiration date. They dont have an expiration date simply because most of our songs are about emotions. We werent really political and all that stuff kind of gets dated when you get too stylish. When youre too much in vogue you go out of vogue and we concentrated on emotions, things that are universal that I dont think ever go out of date.Hutton said Three Dog Night is working on a new album but no release date has been set yet. It will still have the same classic-rock appeal that fans of the band have come to expect, he said, but theyre taking their time to get it right.Our stuff is all over the place, always has been, Hutton said. Its very important that the songs are really great, otherwise its karaoke.Having seen it all and played to all types of crowds from shirtless hippies to biker clubs to well-dressed yuppies Hutton said he couldnt be happier with his life in Three Dog Night.Its great. Im working, Im healthy, the band is playing great. I feel like its the best time in my life right now, Hutton said.High Life Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or

What: Three Dog Night.When: Friday night at 7:30 p.m.Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.Cost: $70, $85 or $100 depending on seating.More information: Call 888-920-2787 or visit

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