The News is the news in Huey Lewis concert

August 05, 1991|By Nestor Aparicio

THE LATEST release by Huey Lewis and The News is called "Hard At Play," and this summer's tour, which stopped at Merriweather Post Pavilion last night, certainly justified the title.

Lewis and his five cohorts got off to an unusually slow start, playing a pair of unfamiliar new tunes ("Build Me Up" and "Time Ain't Money"), but once the group slipped into matching gold and silver sequined sport coats and did a pair of barbershop quartet tunes a cappella, the crowd and Lewis worked each other into a sinewy frenzy.

Sporting the most clever stage design in recent memory -- a full-fledged brick garage look, with a wooden ceiling, 20-year-old sound monitors, old license plates hanging from the wall and a variety of interesting clutter -- The News was so musically and vocally convincing that it would be remiss to ever call them Huey Lewis' backing band.

The group's encore parting shots featured back catalog numbers "Do You Believe In Love," "If This Is It" and "Workin' for a Living," but it was The News' delivery of their latest single, "Couple Days Off," the final number of the main set, that stole the show.

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