Still the heart of rock n' roll
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.