Blood, Sweat & Tears rock Lake Tahoe’s Stateline Saturday
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What: Blood, Sweat & Tears
When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Tickets: $44.95, plus tax and fees
You know him from “American Idol” and his iconic long hair, but both are now things of his past. Bo Bice’s career has certainly taken off since his stint on the Fox reality singing competition in 2005 — the role eventually landed him a gig with the prestigious jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears.
“You have your passionate stage, your writing stage, your apprentice stage, then you become a craftsman yourself. If you’re lucky, you learn to master your craft. The chance to have ‘Idol’ as a part of my background and to be part of that alumni was something that was very special.
“There were certain opportunities that opened for me — I performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd, who is one of my biggest inspirations of all time, and I ended up fronting BS&T,” Bice said.
Three years have passed since the musician began his time as the lead singer for Blood, Sweat & Tears, which makes a stop at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Saturday, Oct. 8.
“It’s been an incredible experience. Growing up as a kid listening to Blood, Sweat & Tears, it’s a group I cut my teeth on definitely. When I was doing ‘Spinning Wheel’ on ‘Idol,’ never did I think I would be part of the band some day,” Bice said.
He found his interests complemented by those of BS&T, whose set lists included songs he enjoyed performing, such as The Ides of March’s hit song “Vehicle.”
According to Bice, the band often plays songs found on his solo set in addition to performing new songs people have not heard Blood, Sweat & Tears perform in the past.
“I think people will be surprised about that. There’s hits [the band] does, and we surprise fans with great covers they love. That’s a cool part of the gig too,” Bice said.
The artist emphasized that the group does not do “Bo Bice music.”
“We are a band. I know it says ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice,’ but we are a band. We do BS&T music,” Bice explained.
His opportunity is one he is constantly thankful for.
“Each night, even though I’ve been playing the same songs — sometimes the same venues — for three years, it never gets old. Crowds are continuing to love it and support us. It’s the showmanship of every musician that shows on stage each night, and the catalog of music well represented every single night. That’s the most important thing,” Bice said.
You can catch the rocker and Blood, Sweat & Tears this Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harrah’s South Shore Room at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $44.95 and are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.