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Pablo Cruise goes back in the studio, returns to Tahoe

Tim Parsons

When they resumed playing occasional shows in 2004, Pablo Cruise members were quick to say they were not making a comeback. However, the band keeps coming back – three times to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in four years – and in late July will release a live greatest hits CD, DVD and vinyl album, “It’s Good to Be Live.”

Pablo Cruise will play more shows in months to come, concluding summer with a Labor Day concert at Truckee.

“The band’s doing well,” said keyboardist Cory Lerios. “Everybody’s really having a good time.”

Val Garay, who produced the second Pablo Cruise album, “Lifeline,” produced the new one. Garay, a Grammy Award winner who has worked with James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and Elton John, is the president of Red Red Records.

Two of the rising Red Red Record singers are featured on “It’s Good to Be Live,” singing leads on two of Pablo Cruise’s most popular songs.

Ty Taylor, who is on tour in Europe opening for Bon Jovi, sings on “Love Will Find a Way.” Katrina sings “Place in the Sun.”

A guest singer will perform at Saturday’s show in the South Shore Room. Hint: Her name rhymes with Katrina.

“We always felt like we’ve got these great songs, it would be fun to have some new singers sing them with us,” said Lerios said.

Jenkins has just returned from a USO tour in Iraq, performing for service personnel along with Bobby Kimball, the former Toto singer, and Bill Champlin, from the Sons of Champlin. Champlin, the Northern California native who is now a solo artist living in Nashville, is who recommended new bass player Larry Antonino.

Steve Price, who beat throat cancer, is still beating drums for Pablo Cruise.

Lerios, who has made a career out making television soundtracks from his longtime run with “Baywatch,” is making the music for a show to be released in 2012, “Point Dume.”

Lerios said 44 episodes of new show will be available to 97 percent of the nation’s TV viewers. The show will be syndicated, which means royalties every time it is aired.

His two sons, Dimitri and Michael, and one of their neighbors perform in the teenage band Y i Yell!, a rising trio which was the subject of a recent Piers Morgan tweet.


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