By Elizabeth Riggs
Numerous bands can sell out shows. But only the truly beloved can withstand the test of time and win the adoration of generation upon generation.
The Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino will travel back into the ‘70s next weekend with Blood, Sweat & Tears, featuring American Idol runner-up Bo Bice on lead vocals, as they take the stage on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
Blood, Sweat & Tears, which produced such hits as “Spinning Wheel,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” and “When I Die,” was one of the first to combine jazz, rock, pop and blues to create its chart-topping “jazz-rock” sound.
Though the band has had no shortage of accolades over a career that spans decades, including an Album of the Year Grammy for self-titled Blood, Sweat & Tears, it also has had no shortage of band members.
As many fans know, they won’t be seeing the original members, but they’ll be seeing musicians with equal amounts of talent and respect for the founding eight.
Current drummer, Dylan Elise, joined the band from New Zealand after spending years performing on the streets of Wellington. After being approached by Bobby Colomby, the band’s original drummer, Elise jumped at the chance to come to Los Angeles and sit in with the band.
“I saw it as a huge opportunity that I could cut it here in the States,” Elise said.
Not only can Elise cut it, he and his fellow band mates play for sold out venues and packed shows as part of a schedule that keeps them traveling around the clock. And according to Elise, the nostalgic crowds they draw make it completely worth life on the road.
“Every show is packed and filled with people who grew up listening to the music, and people who are crying because it took them back to memories of high school or getting married,” said Elise of the music. “It wouldn’t have that effect on them if we didn’t do our job. We keep the old songs as they were because that’s how people want to hear them.”
Though many of the band’s current fans span a variety of age groups, the music has been passed on from generation to generation. According to Band Manager of 35 years, Larry Dorr, the vast age dynamic has helped Blood, Sweat & Tears stand the test of time.
“We are extremely lucky to have such a broad segment,” Dorr said. “I’ve always said this—we really have some of the greatest fans. We are just one of the lucky bands that can work all over the world, and everyone that comes to the show has a great time.”
According to Dorr, it’s the sharing of the Blood, Sweat & Tears music from one generation to the next that has helped the fan base consistently grow. It’s also the top-notch musicians that the group continues to land, and the camaraderie they have with one another, both on and off the stage.
“I think what makes us survive is that we really do like each other,” said Dorr. “The audience feeds off of it. They know we are having a good time, so they have a good time. We are just an incredibly lucky band to have everything that we have. And we know it.”
Tickets for the Blood, Sweat & Tears show at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino start at $15. For ticket information visit http://senecaalleganycasino.com/entertainment/.