When people think about the Little River Band, lead singer Wayne Nelson says three songs typically come to mind — “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser” and “Reminiscing.”
However, fans tend to recall the band’s influence and expansive catalog of music when they attend LRB’s shows, Nelson said.
“They will know the music, but will have no idea LRB did it,” he said.”You can see them pointing at each other and they will say ‘I forgot they did that one.’ We get people singing.”
The Little River Band will open the Celebrity Concert For Charity benefiting cystic fibrosis and The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton Friday at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering.
KC & The Sunshine Band will headline the 16th annual show. Tickets are still available at
the Fraze Fanfare Store at Town & Country Shopping center, 300 E. Stroop Road, Kettering, or online at www.fraze.com.
Nelson said fans can expect a party.
“We are not coming in there to be pompous,” he said. “The show is for them (fans) and their memories. We get them involved. The band is not standing still. We are alive and well.”
Little River Band formed in 1975.
Nelson attribute its long career to ‘relatability’ and reliability.
“The song that the band is known for are about life. They are not about a fad or a haircut,” he said. “Our songs have always been about life or relationships - good, bad, up down.”
Nelson said that his band is now playing for three generations of music lovers.
“People can rely on the fact that they are going to hear a good show from the Little River Band,” he said.
The bands Train and Diamond Rio and solo artists Alicia Keys, Nora Jones and England’s Jamie Cullum are among the acts with staying power, Nelson said.
“I think Lady Gaga, as bizarre as she is in her presentation, is a damn good musician,” he said.
Few current acts impress Nelson, a musician for 47 years.
“I don’t think Justin Bieber is going to last. I don’t think his music is going to last,” he said. “Not to kick him when he is down, but there is so much stuff out there that seems disposable.”
Like many others, Nelson was disturbed by Miley Cyrus’ performance of “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.
“What else can you say, but ‘wow,’” he said. “Why did she have to bump and grind with Robin Thicke? Why is he out here with her doing what is obviously very questionable stuff? Miley Cyrus is still a kid. I don’t care. She’s a baby. I don’t know which one was more off the mark, her or Thicke.”
Nelson called Cyrus a talented performer.
“It is really too bad that is what you have to do to get attention,” he said, adding that he couldn’t stand to watch the performance a second time. “To have it turn to almost soft porn, it is sort of sad.”
Nelson urged up and coming musicians to practice their craft, write their own songs and to be patient.
“You have to be ready when the door opens. It may not open again,” he said. “If you are able to write your own music and be able to say something you believe in, that truth is going to come through when you preform.”
Contact this columnist at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth