PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – The blues-rock band Little Feat will headline at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Tuesday night on the heels of guitarist and vocalist Paul Barrere's recent announcement he would be going on a hiatus from the band due to health issues.
Barrere stated on the band's website that he plans to stay off the road for the next year to begin aggressive treatment for Hepatitis C, a virus he has lived with for twenty years.
“We’re all in Paul Barrere’s corner. I think he’s going to get through this in good fashion and that’s our hope and we’ll see how it goes,” says keyboardist Bill Payne, of his band mate. “Expect to see us back. We’ve definitely got another record or two in us and I’m hoping that’s where all of this will lead us. Paul is a very strong individual and we’ll play the best music we can over the next couple of months.”
Tuesday's show was postponed from Nov. 4 due to Hurricane Sandy. All tickets for the original dates will be honored.
Little Feat will join forces with singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell to play The Capitol Theatre as part of the bands “What’s Not To Like?” Tour.
“There will be some of the favorites, but other than that it’s really up in the air. We’ll just get up there and let it fly,” said Payne, of what fans can expect at the show.
Little Feat was formed in 1969 by vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and Payne. Since then, the band’s musicians have blended rock, funk, New Orleans rhythms, Delta blues and country into countless live shows and 16 studio albums.
The band has undergone several changes in line-up over the years including the loss of several band members like George and Richie Hayward.
Today, in addition to Payne and Barrere, Little Feat features percussionist Sam Clayton, bassist Kenny Gradney, guitarist Fred Tackett and drummer Gabe Ford.
In 2012, the band released of its first album in nine years, "Rooster Rag" on Rounder Records. The album includes covers of Mississippi John Hurt and Little Walter. Payne also delivers four new songs written in collaboration with Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead.
“The title song [“Rooster Rag”] I wrote with Robert Hunter - it shocked everybody because it has all kinds of weird themes,” said Payne, adding he hopes to continue to work with the lyricist and form other collaborations. However, Payne says he is also looking to pursue more solo work in the future.
“I’m 63 years old and it’s the first time I’ve done solo shows,” said Payne, who plays with another band called The Hooligans in Montana where he lives with his wife.
In addition to playing music, Payne is a writer and photographer. With nearly three months of touring left and too many plans for the future, Payne says he hopes his own creative pursuits never end.
“We all go through life trying to sort things out and life hits you in the back of the head sometimes -- we’re all vulnerable to all of those things,” says Payne. “To be a musician and to be a writer to be a photographer and someone who can express what goes on, I feel very fortunate to be able to do that. It doesn’t make it any less painful and I don’t have any of the answers any more than anyone else does, but sometimes I get a good turn of phrase and I find a lot of inspiration in other people and their stories. There’s a lot to be grateful for and thankful for and keep in my sights as I’m climbing the ladder and getting older.”
Little Feat will play at 8 p.m., Tuesday, at The Capitol Theatre. This event is for those 18 and over. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $55 for loge and orchestra, $45 for balcony one and $35 for balcony two. For tickets, go to The Capitol Theatre website or visit the box office at The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester.