Little River Band: A Rock Classic From Down Under
Carlos Villamayor, Feature Writer
Little River Band took the stage last Saturday at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater for a night that delighted longtime fans and newcomers alike.
Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975, LRB has a long history of hits. “Lady,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Reminiscing,” and “Cool Change” were just a few of the hits that attendants mentioned again and again as those they remember dearly.
That long career has also permitted LRB to produce the musical variety that Ron and Maria from Harriman find so engaging. The couple cited LRB’s range of both slow and faster-paced tunes—just listen to “Reminiscing” and “Help Is on Its Way”—as a part of what has made them fans of the band since the 80s.
Attendants had the chance to buy tickets for a meet-and-greet with LRB held before the performance.
Mark, a LRB fan since 1980, was one of the lucky ones who got to meet the band. He drove almost two hours from west Jersey with his children for the concert. Mark had checked the band’s website for a chance to see them play, when he saw they were coming to Peekskill.
“This is my first time here, but there will be more,” he said. “I like places like this, they’re more intimate.”
Chris, from Fort Montgomery, surprised his wife Danielle with tickets to LRB’s concert. They had heard a song by LRB on the radio about a month ago, and Danielle said she wished they were around. Later that same day, Chris heard a radio ad about the band coming to the Paramount and knew it was the perfect opportunity.
A longtime fan, Danielle especially likes the band’s lyrics and melodies, and remembers her aunt playing a LRB vinyl before going to the disco.
For Francie, another fan from New Jersey, last Saturday was the seventh time she has seen LRB live. Francie said the lyrics are one reason she loves the band. “Their lyrics are real,” she said, and mentioned “Help Is on Its Way” and “Take It Easy on Me” as her favorite songs.
Before LRB, Russ and Chris from Wappinger had the opportunity to see America and Kansas at the theater, with the latter being their favorite performance so far. Fellow lovers of classic music can look forward to WAR, live at the Paramount on August 5!!