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Huey Lewis Reminisces with Scott Shannon, Talks Upcoming Shows & New Music

GRAMMY award winning artist Huey Lewis – you might know him from a small time band called Huey Lewis and The News – called in to the CBS-FM Star Phone this morning to catch up with his old pal, Scott Shannon.

Shannon said he’s introduced Huey at more than ten concerts throughout his career and he’s never seen a bad Huey show. The guys even reminisced about how Huey Lewis and The News started doing covers of other group’s songs.

“Before we go on stage, we’d sing or warm our voices up. We got kind of sick of singing our own material, so we’d just kind of ad lib on R&B stuff and all of that and it was kind of fun to do. So we threw one in the show and it was very well received and since that time we’ve kind of made it part of our deal,” said Lewis.

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The first time Shannon heard them sing the golden oldie, “It’s Alright” by Curtis Mayfield he was impressed and the crowd loved it, the band loved it and so did Joe Montana, a San Francisco 49er from the ‘80s.

“Joe Montana said, ‘you guys need to record that song, that would be a smash’. A year later Curtis Mayfield had that tragedy where a lighting tress fell on him. They did a tribute record and they asked us to contribute – and we cut that song a capella and he was right! It was a Number 1 record,” said Lewis.

Huey Lewis and the News perform free for fans at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, Long Island in NYC for WCBS-FM's annual Saturday in the Park concert. Photo: Joe Cingrana,WCBS-FM/CBS Local

Huey Lewis and the News perform free for fans at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, Long Island in NYC for WCBS-FM’s annual Saturday in the Park concert. Photo: Joe Cingrana,WCBS-FM/CBS Local

Huey Lewis was a hit at WCBS-FM’s Saturday in the Park last summer in Eisenhower Park in Long Island and he has a few shows coming up in the next couple months, so don’t miss them.

  • The band is playing the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood this Wednesday the 19th and the Sands in Bethlehem Friday the 21st – get tickets at Ticketmaster.com
  • Huey and the News are also playing Citi Field as part of the Mets Concert Series after the July 12th game against the Marlins – tickets can be found at Mets.com

The shows should be a special event too because the guys are not done making music just yet.

“The good news is that I’m writing some new music, we’ve got a couple new songs. We’re actually working on new stuff,” said Lewis.

Listen to the full interview here:

Huey Lewis w/ Scott Shannon

-Cameron Steagall/WCBS-FM


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