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Arts and Entertainment

January 18, 2013

Little River Band to perform at Foothills

Australian rock group Little River Band will play at 8 p.m. Saturday at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center at 24 Market St. in Oneonta.

Formed in 1975, the group considered one of Australia’s most significant bands. The band has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and scored 13 U.S. Top 40 hits. It is the first band to have Top 10 hits for six consecutive years. And, according to BMI, one of its songs, “Reminiscing,” has garnered more than 5 million airplays on American radio. Another hit, “Lady,” is close behind with more than 4 million airplays.

The group was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame at the 18th annual ARIA Music Awards in 2004.

The band features Wayne Nelson, who first toured with Little River Band as part of Jim Messina’s band in 1979. Nelson joined the group during its next tour of Australia, Europe and America.

Greg Hind has been a part of the group since 2000, sharing lead vocal duties. He has played and sang with artists including Thelma Houston, Kylie Minogue and Bachelor Girl.

Chris Marion moved to Nashville and being his playing career after college. He was nominated for four Dove awards from the Gospel Music Association. In early 2005, he joined Little River Band and has recorded three albums with the group.

Rich Herring joined the band as lead guitarist while Stephen Housden took a break from touring. He has extensive studio and live performing experience, as well as being a music engineer and producer. The group’s 2006 live album “Standing Room Only” was mixed in Herring’s Nashville studio.

Tickets are $30 for silver seating and $40 for gold seating. For more information, call 431-2080 or visit www.foothillspac.org.

Drummer Ryan Ricks toured with his own band and sang background vocals for Loretta Lynn before joining Little River Band.

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