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Eliot Lewis: After Hall and Oates Tour, the Adventure Continues

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What does Eliot Lewis do for rest after a profitable summer time tour enjoying keyboards with Daryl Hall and John Oates? He retains on enjoying.

By no means one to let grass develop beneath his ft, Eliot Lewis continued his recreation plan of doing solo exhibits on off days whereas on tour with H&O. Now that the band is on a break earlier than a pair extra exhibits in the direction of the finish of the yr, Lewis continues to be doing his personal factor on the street. He’s additionally again to recording new music, in addition to preparing for the upcoming season of Reside From Daryl’s Home, the award profitable collection the place Daryl Hall invitations basic and modern musicians to his membership in Pawling NY for a day of talkin’ and jammin’. Apart from Daryl, Eliot Lewis is the solely band member to be on each episode of LFDH.

When Onstage final caught up with Eliot, he had simply launched Adventure, his newest cd. There are lots of perks with having a profession that’s continuous, however the draw back is making time in your personal work. Lewis is presently engaged on that challenge, with plans to get no less than an EP out earlier than the holidays.

Eliot Lewis just lately performed a present at LFDH Membership, accompanied on drums by fellow Hall & Oates teammate Brian Dunne, and Dee Sawyer on backing vocals. It was a excessive power gig, very tight and very unfastened at the similar time. Lewis ripped via a lot of his personal catalogue, put his personal mark on a number of H&O songs, and added a number of covers like Low cost Trick’s “Surrender,” and “Pick Up The Pieces,” from his time with the Common White Band.

Onstage caught up with Eliot Lewis after the present to fill in the blanks on touring with Hall & Oates and what’s arising for him professionally.

Onstage: Over the previous few years, Hall & Oates had some nice help acts like Sharon Jones, Tears for Fears, and Practice. What’s it like when touring with such numerous acts?

Eliot Lewis: With Tears For Fears, we didn’t truly collaborate on songs collectively like we did with Practice. I don’t know why, we might have. Someway it by no means got here up. They have been truly a very good match for us. In some methods they have been even higher than Practice. I occur to love Practice personally extra musically. I like Tears For Fears quite a bit, however that’s extra of an 80s factor, Practice are extra modern in fact, however general that package deal labored rather well as a result of it was two duos which are recognized for the 80s years. However I really like Practice. Practice are a tremendous band, I’ve a lot respect for Pat. He’s an unimaginable singer and entertainer, and the band is nice. Sharon Jones was superb. That was a bit of arduous trigger we knew she was sick. We might see her struggling at sound verify and it was very troublesome. Then she would simply rise up onstage and blow everyone’s thoughts. We have been like “wow, how can she transform herself into that.” However I feel the adrenaline and the love of music introduced her to a different place.

Totally different opening acts give a unique begin to your present.

Positive, it’s a special power and I wouldn’t say one is best than the different. I imply Sharon Jones was only a powerhouse soul singer. Tears For Fears had these iconic hits, and Practice has an enormous following as a result of they’re a present band. Practice may need the largest following of all. They’ve been round since the early 90s and have had steady hits, so that they had a variety of followers at the exhibits.

How did the single “Philly Forget Me Not” come collectively? 

It was written earlier than the tour and I’m unsure whose unique concept it was, it was in all probability Pat’s. It was a superb collaboration, it made plenty of sense. They have been each actually into it. It was an excellent concept to get us to all play collectively.

When was it recorded?

I wasn’t concerned in it, however it was recorded in all probability about three months earlier than the tour began. It was kind of executed with studio musicians and a producer. I do know Shane (H&O guitarist Shane Theriot) performed on it. However that’s typical. Typically data aren’t made with the stay band. It’s quite common.

Let’s speak about Hall & Oates cool issue. Once they have been first profitable they weren’t thought-about cool. However over the years it appears their music has turn out to be extra appreciated.

I do know what you imply. To some individuals they did, to others they didn’t. I do know precisely what you imply. That they had a method, they have been very pop, and you both liked that otherwise you didn’t. I’ve recognized of Hall & Oates since “She’s Gone,” trigger I’m of that age that “She’s Gone” was a monster hit. I’ve all the time liked that music. Then in fact you hear “Rich Girl” and a few of the different songs. However then by the 80s I used to be actually turning myself into being a songwriter. So I might actually respect their songwriting craft. I wasn’t going out and shopping for their data however once they got here on the radio, I’d be like “wow, that’s a cleverly written song.” And each time I heard Daryl sing, I might inform it was Daryl. It was an identifiable sound that they’ve created, so I had a number of respect for them. However you’re proper, they went by means of this entire interval the place they have been big in the 80s, and though they continued, it wasn’t till the 2000s that this Hall & Oates resurgence occurred and they turned cool once more. They obtained sampled, they acquired put in numerous film scores, so it’s a testomony to their songs.

Pop has develop into cool once more, that’s the weirdest factor. Rock has gone down…

Yeah, properly hopefully rock just isn’t completely gone but. There’s a few bands which are bringing it again and holding it alive. Each style in music sort of ebbs and flows. Issues exit of trend, then they arrive again, so I’m not fearful. I really like rock.

Are you wanting ahead to Atlantic Metropolis gig with Hall & Oates and the new Arduous Rock?

I look ahead to each expertise that comes up.  I all the time have enjoyable in Atlantic Metropolis. I used to go there and do solo exhibits too. I imply we did the Borgata with Hall & Oates yearly since I used to be in the band. We haven’t carried out it in about 4 or 5 years trigger they’ve been going into these arenas. However I feel subsequent yr their plan is to return into the smaller, extra intimate venues. The world excursions have run their course and I feel everyone is happier doing smaller locations. It’s nice to do these massive, large locations however I really feel I can join extra.

How loopy was it for you this outing with doing all of your aspect solo exhibits?

You recognize it appears loopy and it’s a variety of work, however I used to be capable of do greater than I usually do. For me, it’s all about scheduling, the problem of scheduling. I get their touring schedule and I work out the place I can do a solo present on an evening off. Hopefully discover the proper place for me and hopefully discover that they’ve that night time free. So there’s rather a lot that goes into it, however I really like doing it. I’m capable of attain locations and cities and cities that may be onerous for me to succeed in alone proper now. I simply performed in Seattle as an example and it was nice. We performed Florida, LA, I did Colorado, Portland, so it was actually cool.

Do you get an opportunity to write down once you’re on the street?

Oh yeah, I do. As a result of there’s a good period of time. We’re on the bus each night time anyplace from 4 hours to 14 hours. And each different day is a time off on the Hall & Oates tour. So if I’m not doing a present, then I’m engaged on music to a point.

And you’re taking your entire setup?

Yeah, nicely a condensed setup. Typically I simply do the present alone with some know-how, with some backing tracks. But when the venue has a drum package obtainable then I all the time attempt to have Brian with me.

He’s unimaginable.

Sure, he’s nice. So I might say about half the exhibits I do with Brian and half solo.

What do you might have arising so far as recording for your self? Do you could have a set of songs able to go?

I do, I’ve a whole lot of new songs and numerous new materials. My intention was to have a document out by this time this yr, at the very least an EP. The tour was longer and extra broad than anyone thought, so it was a bit of troublesome. I’ve in the previous actually recorded some songs on the street whereas touring, however that’s a really troublesome factor. So I figured let me do it once I get again. I’ll have an EP out by October or November. I’ll have loads of new songs for subsequent yr.

Have you learnt which of them have made the minimize but or is it a piece in progress?

It’s a piece in progress, however I’ve a minimum of 4 or 5 new issues picked out for it. And it is going to be one factor that was already written that I’ve type of introduced again to life. What occurred once I put out this final CD, Adventure, the document firm and Common Music, we type of cherry picked some songs that existed on my unbiased releases. Then I wrote some new songs and we put that each one collectively. However they stated if a track was on right here then it couldn’t exist on this due to licensing. So I needed to pull a number of of my CDs off the market. So I’ve some issues that exist that I’m rewriting however I’ve a ton of latest songs as properly.

And… Stay From Daryl’s Home, will probably be beginning quickly?

We’ve heard that we’d begin manufacturing as early as late September or early October. I do know it’s official, they’ve signed the deal, they’ve achieved the entire factor, it’s acquired the inexperienced mild. So I feel all they’re doing is looking for the visitors now, schedule the dates. It is going to undoubtedly go over the winter. Daryl principally needs to have 5 or 6 episodes accomplished by the finish of the yr. I feel we have now sixteen exhibits contracted with BMG for the first run. And the massive factor about that is it’s a world-wide deal. It ended up on MTV for the previous 4 or so years however only for The States. This deal is a world-wide deal, in order that’s why it’s taking so lengthy to place collectively. It’s a way more in depth deal for the present.

Have you learnt any of the visitors for the present?

No, no I don’t. I do know some names that need to be on the present. I do know Robert Plant appeared to need to do it. Dave Grohl. I do know Daryl would like to get Paul McCartney and Elton John. We’ll see who we’re capable of get. There’s lots of scheduling and all of us recommend individuals. I’ve an entire bunch of latest extra modern bands and artists that I comply with. So I all the time put in my two cents. Like the Low cost Trick factor, I needed to bug Daryl for 5 years. He loves Low cost Trick however I actually, each time we’d speak about who to deliver on, I’d be “Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick.”

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Interview by Kath Galasso @KatsTheory

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