By: Dori Corr
In 1975 Pablo Cruise released its first album, simply entitled Pablo Cruise. The album cover was shot in the tropical gardens of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and featured a huge gorilla standing front and center. The band was curiously absent.
Thus began the air of mystery surrounding who exactly Pablo Cruise is.
When asked who “Pablo” was, band members recited the well-rehearsed answer: Pablo represents an honest, real, down to earth individual; and Cruise depicts his fun loving, easy going attitude towards life.
And this is the essence of what Pablo Cruise’s music is all about ― honest, real, down to earth vocals, accompanied by fun yet elegant, infectious grooves.
As 1970s breezy as the t-shirts which bore their name, Pablo Cruise ruled adult contemporary with its jazz-influenced pop sound.
The band released eight studio albums over a decade, during which time four singles reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Reaching the top 10 were mega hits “Watcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye” and “Love Will Find A Way.” Other chart hits included “Don’t Want to Live Without It,” “I Want You Tonight,” and “Cool Love.” The band went on to sell several million albums and singles collectively and established themselves as well respected writers and performers within the industry.
They appeared on numerous TV shows, broke Elvis Presley’s attendance record at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, became the first rock band to play a Casino Showroom, as well as the first rock band to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Several Pablo Cruise songs were used as soundtrack material for sports programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC, and the band’s work also appeared in the films “Free Ride”, “An Unmarried Woman”, and “Dreamer.”
But by 1986 after completing several national tours and releasing 7 albums in all, the ban lost its focus and decided to take a hiatus. This hiatus that has lasted more than 20 years…
To hear Pablo Cruise on record is one thing, but to experience the band live is an exhilarating event.
After several starts and stops, Pablo Cruise released their very first live album in November, 2011 titled “It’s Good to be Live”. Taken from live concerts performed at the Blue Goose in Loomis, CA 2010, The package included both a live CD and DVD and features new versions of their songs “A Place in the Sun” and “Love Will Find a Way.”
Pablo Cruise is currently composed of David Jenkins (guitar and vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards and vocals), Steve Price (drums) and Larry Antonino (bass and vocals).
New Hope Winery is thrilled to be hosting such an accomplished and storied band as Pablo Cruise.
Tickets are on sales now to see Pablo Cruise at the New Hope Winery on Sunday, June 8. Doors open at 5:00 PM and Showtime is at 6:00 PM. Order online or by calling 215-794-2331. General seating is $50 and VIP seating is $80. A $5 service charge is added to all tickets at the time of purchase.