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Traintracks The Stuck in the 80s interview with Huey Lewis is now online. Click here to listen or click here to subscribe to the entire series for free on iTunes.

Huey is in Tampa Bay this week to perform Valentine's Day at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall and to play in the Outback Pro-Am golf tournament. The 8-handicap golfer is a huge fan of the sport ("pastime" he prefers to call it) and enjoys playing while he and his band -- The News -- perform on the road.

Some of the highlights of the podcast:

  • Huey shares the details of his latest foray into acting -- his leading role in the Broadway version of Chicago. "Broadway's way tougher (than being a rock star). You really have to be on your game. Every bad note is waiting for people to hear. You can hide in the middle of a great rock band sometimes if you have to."
  • He crosses swords with Times pop critic Sean Daly over the finer points of music journalism.
  • Huey still loves playing his hits, but he's glad he doesn't have to play a show every night like he did in the 80s. "I love to play Heart of Rock n' Roll, but I don't want to play it 200 nights a year. But 80 nights a year, it's a ball."
  • And he's ready to record a new album. "As a storyteller, you do need a new story now and then."

How will a new Huey Lewis album fare today? Things aren't nearly the same as they were in the 80s, Lewis laments. "It's just so different. You watch the Grammy's, and the band I look most like and sound most like is always the country band! And I'm the furthest thing from country. I'm a soul guy!"

We dare not reveal anymore of the interview. You gotta download it and listen.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:21pm]


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