Huey Lewis rocks celebrated “Sports” album at fair
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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Huey Lewis wails away during “Heart of Rock and Roll” at the Huey Lewis and the News concert Wednesday, July 17 at the Stanislaus County Fair.  Lewis and his band began the concert playing their entire album “Sports” which turned 30 years old this year. The first 40 minutes were dedicated to the famous album.—Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
Huey Lewis wails away during “Heart of Rock and Roll” at the Huey Lewis and the News concert Wednesday, July 17 at the Stanislaus County Fair. Lewis and his band began the concert playing their entire album “Sports” which turned 30 years old this year. The first 40 minutes were dedicated to the famous album.—Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
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Huey Lewis interacts with the crowd in between songs at the Stanislaus County Fair Wednesday, July 17. Lewis and his band began the concert playing their entire album “Sports” which turned 30 years old this year. The first 40 minutes were dedicated to the famous album.—Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
Huey Lewis interacts with the crowd in between songs at the Stanislaus County Fair Wednesday, July 17. Lewis and his band began the concert playing their entire album “Sports” which turned 30 years old this year. The first 40 minutes were dedicated to the famous album.—Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
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Huey Lewis and the News were the life of the party at the Stanislaus County Fair Wednesday, July 17 and they brought along more than 3,000 of their closest Central Valley friends to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bay Area blues-rock group’s most famous hit album “Sports.”

Huey and the News delighted the crowd who was eager to hear the seven-time platinum hit album performed—front and back—by the group. The album features four top 10 singles and another top 20.

The group, who has sold more than 30 million records in the last 35 years, came out on cue and hitting the crowd delightfully between the eyes with “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” and followed immediately with “Heart and Soul,” “Bad is Bad” and “New Drug.”

After “New Drug” Lewis finally addressed the crowd for the first time, acknowledging the anniversary of the album and their performance of the album in order to celebrate the last 30 years.

“Okay, now we’re going to turn the record over and rock and little harder,” he said. “Because that’s what we did back then kids—we turned the record over.”

The crowd made up of mostly folks 40 and above, roared with support.

Patterson’s Art Amarillas was at the concert and echoed his approval.

“We’ve been Huey Lewis fans from the get-go,” he said. “Whenever he comes around we go. It was a real treat for us.”

Amarillas said he still owns his original “Sports” cassette from the mid-1980s and owns every one of the group’s albums.

The crowd came early to claim seats for the general admission concert, which was part of fair admission, he said.

“People were already in the first 10 rows at 6 p.m.,” he said. By 7 the seating area for the Budweiser Free Stage was full and an overflow crowd took over when the show started at 8:30.

Lewis and his group performed the next hour and half taking the crowd for a ride down memory lane who loved every twist and turn.

Huey and the News have been on tour since the beginning of May hitting cities all over North America and will continue through September before taking a break.



Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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