The peeps were excited back in July when Bo announced he’d be playing a few shows with Blood, Sweat, and Tears. They were over the moon when they heard how fantastic he sounded with the band. And then they started to wonder when Bo was added to more and more shows, and when all mention of current vocalist David Aldo disappeared from BST’s website. Was Bo going to become a regular member rather than a guest star?
This new language on the band’s home page seems to say yes:
A twenty-first century version of one of the music world’s most popular bands.
It’s been more than four decades since drummer/producer Bobby Colomby and friends assembled the first group to successfully blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style. So successfully, in fact, that the band’s second album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, topped the Billboard charts, beat out the Beatles Abbey Road for Grammy Album of the Year, and produced three major hit singles “You Made me so Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die.”
Over the next four decades, Colomby, who owns the B, S & T franchise, kept the band in the public eye via a succession of players.
“The obligation of a band,” he says, “is to be entertaining, and be mindful that the audience is there to hear your hits. And for many years, the Blood, Sweat & Tears brand has provided enjoyable evenings. We were trying to make sure that people walked out of our concerts feeling they’d just heard a great show. And the feedback we’ve gotten confirmed that’s been the case.”
But Colomby is looking for much more as he develops Blood Sweat & Tears into a contemporary voice, one that reaches beyond a single audience. [...]
So, too, with Blood, Sweat & Tears. “I believe BS&T has an iconic stature. It’s a style of music,” says Colomby. “A concept that people are coming to see, along with songs that they’re familiar with. Which have to be played and sung in a spirited way, by talented young musicians.”
His desire to create a 21st century B, S & T brand first began to come into focus when he heard singer Bo Bice performing “Spinning Wheel” on American Idol. “Bo’s an original,” says Colomby, “with great musicianship and terrific stage presence. I believe he has the level talent it will take for where this band is headed. When I saw him perform I thought, ‘he could sing a lot of this material in a newer fresher way.’ I don’t want to make comparisons, and I’m not looking for a David Clayton-Thomas soundalike, That would working backwards. Bo’s style works perfectly with ‘God Bless the Child’ and ‘Spinning Wheel’ and ‘You Made Me So Very Happy’ as well as with the material that the band will be perform as we move musically forward.” [...]
Hearing Bice with the musicians of BS&T, energized Colomby and gave him the urge to re-involve himself with the band he originally founded.
Hmmm. Sounds like it’s all arranged but the shouting.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this since we first started to suspect something was brewing. At first, I didn’t like the idea of Bo singing cover songs on the nostalgia circuit. But I’ve come around to thinking it’s a very good opportunity. Touring with BST will get Bo out in front of big crowds and new fans, but they aren’t on the road so much that he can’t also work on his own music. BST has some great songs and they really do suit Bo. I’m hoping to see some of those bluesy, jazzy rhythms show up in his material after this.
What really changed my mind – hearing him sing with the band. Something that sounds so right can’t be wrong.
This isn’t official, but it sure seems like there ought to be an announcement soon. What do you think, peeps?