The band Pablo Cruise will perform Sunday in Woodland. Courtesy photo

The band Pablo Cruise will perform Sunday in Woodland. Courtesy photo


Pull up ‘a place in the sun’ with Pablo Cruise

By From page A7 | April 18, 2013

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Who: Pablo Cruise headlining “Groovin’ in the Grove,” a family-friendly benefit for SADVC and Soroptimist International of Woodland

When: Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, with Beam at noon, Grooveline at 2 p.m. and Pablo Cruise at 4 p.m.

Where: Nelson’s Grove, 15285 County Road 99E, Woodland

Tickets: $25, available at http://groovininthegrove.brownpapertickets.com

This Sunday, find “a place in the sun” to enjoy the sweet sounds of Pablo Cruise.

The classic rock band performs at 4 p.m. at Nelson’s Grove, 15285 County Road 99E, in Woodland. The show starts at 11 a.m., with Beam, a local cover band playing hits by Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Doobie Brothers at noon, and Grooveline, an old-school R&B band, at 2 p.m. Pablo Cruise will take the stage at 4 p.m.

General admission tickets are $25, available at http://groovininthegrove.brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds will benefit Soroptimist International of Woodland and the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center  of Yolo County.

From 1975 to the mid-‘80s, Pablo Cruise toured the United States and abroad to adoring fans in sold-out auditoriums. The band’s 1977 album, “A Place in the Sun,” featured such hits as “Whatcha Gonna Do?” and “Love Will Find a Way.” Pablo Cruise sold millions of records and established themselves as respected songwriters and performers within the industry.

In 1985, Pablo Cruise disbanded. More than a decade later, the band got back together and has been playing shows ever since.

“We’ll do 20 to 25 shows this year, primarily on the West Coast,” founding member Cory Lerios said in a recent interview.

“Back in the day, we were going out 30 days at a time, playing everywhere,” Lerios added. “We had a big production, playing to big audiences. Now it’s a lot more relaxed, but it’s a lot of fun. We still have a lot of fans. A lot of die-hards with their vinyl records for us to sign. We really appreciate it.”

How did the band get back together?

“Our drummer, Steve Price, got married and wanted the original band to play the wedding,” Lerios explained. “So we did a full-on concert. All the guys were there. It was in this really cool amphitheater in Rancho Murieta. It was sold out and we all said, maybe we should go back and do this again.”

Three original members are still in the band (bassist Bruce Day died in 1999).

“It really makes a difference that it’s the original guys,” Lerios said. “Our deep cuts are more complicated. It needs to be these guys playing to get it right. Steve and I have been playing together since high school.

“A lot of bands from that era are still playing and no original members are left! It’s side guys and maybe one original member left; in some cases, none.”

Pablo Cruise recently re-emerged on the pop culture radar, when Will Ferrell wore the band’s T-shirt in the movie “Step Brothers.”

“We got a lot of publicity out of that,” Lerios said. “We played at the premiere party for the movie. It was a great advertisement for the band.”

Lerios has enjoyed a post-Pablo Cruise career writing and performing music for television. He’s responsible for the “Baywatch” theme song and underscore, as well as themes for “Max Headroom” and “Days of Our Lives.”

“I’ve been in the TV business since the mid-‘80s,” he said. “I was just taking a listen to what I wrote this morning. I was in a meeting today with the creator of ‘Baywatch.’ They’re starting a new show.

“It’s a lot of work and a lot of deadlines,” he said. “But I wouldn’t trade it. It’s worked out nice for me.”

Does he still enjoy performing with Pablo Cruise?

“Yes. We don’t play enough that we get tired of it. It’s like our golf game. None of us play golf, so this is it.

“We’ve been playing together for so long that it’s really tight. The songs are fun to play and have stood the test of time. It’s not like we’re playing ‘Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees.’ ”

Any chance Pablo Cruise will record new material?

“No, it’s not like people care about new music from older bands,” Lerios said. “I mean, Bon Jovi and Journey can do it, but a lot of guys put records out and they don’t sell. People are more interested in the old music. The guys that bought records in the ’70s and ’80s don’t buy records today.”

As long as Pablo Cruise fans keep showing up, they’ll keep performing.

“We realize there are still a lot of people that really care about the band,” he said. “They love the songs and that’s what makes it worthwhile.”

Landon Christensen

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