Formed in 1979—and originally called Huey Lewis and the American Express—Huey Lewis and the News released their self-titled debut album in 1980 and began a steady climb from Bay Area bars to the top of the Billboard charts with their rollicking brand of soulful rock ’n’ roll. After 25 years together and more than 20 million albums sold, Huey Lewis and the News are celebrating their silver anniversary with a tour and the DVD and CD release of Live At 25.
Recorded over two nights in December 2004 at the packed Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California, Live At 25 captures Lewis and the eight-piece News at the peak of their powers. Spanning the group’s multiplatinum career, Live At 25 includes charged performances of such harmonica-fueled blues rockers as “The Heart Of Rock & Roll,” “Power Of Love,” and “Workin’ For A Livin’” plus newly-arranged versions of “(Too) Hip To Be Square” and the group’s first hit, “Do You Believe In Love.” The show also includes an a capella doo wop mini-set with Huey leading the group through their 1983 fave “Bad Is Bad” and a pair of Curtis Mayfield’s soul classics. This is available on Rhino Records since may 17th 2005.