No matter who you are, where you live, or your taste in music, Tower of Power will find you. And once that happens, it's all over. You will come to believe not only that soul music is the salvation of us all, but that Tower of Power is one of those rare bands who can claim to be the real deal, 100 proof, aged-to-perfection, ground zero Soul. And the thing is, they're everywhere now. Of course they're still on the radio, their up-front horn section serving as the prototype for today's retro-swing bands, and lending their singular horns to immortal tracks by Elton John, Rod Stewart, the Eurythmics and Phish.
But the truest testament to Tower of Power remains the band's formidable concert appearances. Stand in front of the stage at their show and bathe in the sonic blast of brass and funk. "Tighter than a clenched fist," says The Hollywood Reporter "For almost two hours," gushes The Fresno Bee, "the band members let loose with an energy- filled show that left a sell-out crowd on its feet, dancing in the aisles and applauding with feeling for a band it’s loved for more than 30 years." http://www.towerofpower.com
Video at: http://www.towerofpower.com/2007
Lydia Pense and Cold Blood are Bay Area music pioneers with an amazing history and an exciting future. Lydia and the band debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation’s musical Mecca’s. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia’s voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60’s, early-70’s albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower Of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be know as East Bay Grease. That music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come. Lydia Pense and Cold Blood packed the San Francisco Ballrooms in their heyday, but that was then and this is now. In the now, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood still fill halls with cheering, dancing, foot-stomping fans. Far from fading over the years, Cold Blood has flourished.
It’s been a long road, over 40 years to be exact with a break somewhere in the middle. But, Lydia and the band are living proof that a little time off can be a really good thing. With their new CD, “Transfusion” turning heads across the country, fans are remembering just what has been missing from music in the last few decades. The 12 songs exemplify how a performer can take great strides forward, without forgetting her roots. Cold Blood has been blessed with the ability to reach backwards for original influences and the creativity to reach forward, working with new approaches. Lydia Pense and Cold Blood are keeping the tradition of East Bay Soul alive in the 21st Century!
Added by Hope Insite on November 10, 2008