Huey Lewis & The News is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough iconic album Sports this year. The album will get a re-release as a 2 CD set on May 14th as the group kicks off a summer tour.
Sports (30th Anniversary Edition) will feature a remastered original album with a second disc of live versions of all Sports’ nine tracks including renditions of “You Crack Me Up” and Hank Williams’ “Honky Tonk Blues” that were recorded this year. The live tracks date from the mid-80s through 2013.
Before the album drops on May 14th, the group kicks off Sports 30th Anniversary Tour on May 10th in New Brunswick, NJ. The band will perform the entire 42 minute Sports album from front to back and fill the other hour or so with older and new hits as well as some lesser-known songs.
The band owes Sports their career. If it weren’t for the album spawning four hit singles (“Heart And Soul,” “I Want A New Drug,” “The Heart Of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It”), the band may not have the success it does today. In an interview conducted by Billboard, Lewis said they really needed a hit to continue recording.
“Every tune we aimed for radio ’cause we didn’t know which one was going to be a hit. We just knew we needed a frickin’ hit, period. And fortunately we got ’em,” Lewis states.
Lewis & the News have a few TV appearances lined up before their tour. On April 2nd, they play ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and on May 15th, they’ll be on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. More TV appearances are expected to be announced soon.
Tickets range from $35-85 at most venues and can be purchased through the band’s website.
May 10 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theater
May 11 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
May 13 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 16 – St. Ynez, CA – Chumash Casino
May 17 – Cabazon, CA – Morongo Casino Resort
May 18 – Chandler, AZ – Wild Horse Pass Casino
May 31 – New Buffalo, MI – Four Winds Casino & Resort
June 1 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
June 2 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Dreammakers Theatre at Kewaidin Casino
June 4 – Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hall Amphitheatre
June 6 – Onamia, MN – Grand Casino Mille Lacs
June 7 – Wisconsin Dells, WI – Crystal Grand Music Theatre
June 8 – Anderson, IN – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
June 9 – Cincinnati, OH – Horseshoe Cincinnati
June 11 – Paducah, KY – The Carson Center
June 14 – Quapaw, OK – Downstream Casino
June 20 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland
July 6 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
July 13 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre
July 26 – Paso Robles, CA – California Mid-State Fair
August 13 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap Filene Center
August 21 – Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley Outdoor Pavilion
August 23 – Peachtree City, GA – The Fred
August 24 – Ashland, KY – Paramount Arts Center
August 25 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
August 26 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
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