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Huey Lewis & The News
(Caesars Windsor, Canada - June 13th, 2009)

Huey Lewis and the News are, as anyone who knows music can quickly attest to, an American rock band (nay, institute) who, after having had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, are still rockin' it out full force live today. And so this past Saturday night, and before a sold-out crowd of 5,000 here at Caesar's Windsor Casino, Huey and his band of merry men took to the stage; lit only by the pulsating red lights, and the loud drum heartbeats to 'The Heart of Rock & Roll.'

'Don't Fight It' is up next, but not being a well-known song for the semi-followers of the band it lands of deaf ears. 'I Want A New Drug' is brought to the fore next, inclusive of a brilliant harmonica break from Huey, it is still very noticeable that the 5,000 seated audience could worryingly remain that way till the end of the show!

The great 'Small World' is next, bathed in green, it also features a wonderful sax solo from Johnny Colla. 'If This Is It' gets some of the front audience to raise their hands and sway them, but more importantly it seems Huey's voice is a little strained, somewhat gently cracked tonight. 'The Power of Love' is next, and Huey (seeing the danger of a seated audience the whole night) encourages them all to stand up and dance along with the band. "Sorry about last night's hockey game," he says after the song, referring to the Red Wings loss in the Stanley Cup Final, "But tonight we're gonna have a good time!", he promises.

The under-rated 'Jacob's Ladder' is next, complete with green-lit guitar solo from Stef Burns and another harmonica break from Huey, he closes the song with a fist-pumped inquiry, "Are you still with me?" Wandering into a speech about sushi and how it tastes like fish when it's cooked, he then explains that this is their 4th night of the tour and that the next song they're gonna try they haven't gotten right yet! Promising that tonight was to be the night, the band sang the brand new tune, 'Slow Twistin' - via their five-piece harmony sound - just perfectly!

Continuing the acappella portion of the show, all core members of the band front of stage, mic stands all lined up alongside each other, Huey tells the audience, "I want everyone to clap their hands" before the surf music song 'Uh-Huh' is sung. 'Heart And Soul' is next, followed by The Drifters classic, 'Some Kinda Wonderful.' And then, out of nowhere, two female audience members run all the way from the back of the arena to the front of the stage to dance for Huey! Which suddenly, and so very quickly breaks open the fan floodgates and soon has every man and his dog striding forth to also be up there, right under Huey's nose!

"Are you still with me," Huey once again inquires, as now the band head into old soul favorite 'But It's Alright' ... which includes the mini xylophone (or glockenspiel, depending on where you come from!) signature riff, that a lucky, unsuspecting chosen member of the audience will never forget her part in (see photo!). Bathed in a royal blue light, 'We're Not Here For A Long Time (We're Here For A Good Time)' is next. "Did you have a good time," Huey asks one last time, before waving goodbye.

Coming back out for the encore, the new blues track 'Saturday Night' is sung first, before a rousing audience-now-on-their-feet 'Back In Time'! "Thank you for coming out tonight," Huey speaks for the last time, "We obviously enjoy what we do, so ... I hope you love me like you say you do!". This, of course, leads into the song of the same name, before the blue collar anthem show finale, 'Workin' For A Livin' is sung (and consequently dedicated to all the hard working men and women in the armed forces).

One last moment left for the bands traditional group bow, arms bent in either a muscle pose or Huey's usual 'yeah' arm-pump pose - I'll leave that down to your own choice of interpretation - and then some 80 minutes after they'd come on, Huey Lewis & The News leave the stage under a mix of bright yellow and white hot dancing spotlights.

Review and Photos by: Russell A. Trunk

Xylophone / Glockenspiel Girl = Lara Marcinkowski!

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