December 4, 2017
Question:
Have you ever hit a hole in one?
Bonnie Stryzak, Clearwater, FL

Answer:
Once, at the Legacy Golf Course in Las Vegas.

Welcome to the Question of the Week page where Huey will select and answer one fan question per week to answer here on the site. Please submit your question to
qow@hueylewisandthenews.com
and kindly refrain from asking questions like “Huey, When are you coming to __________?”, as the answer to that is simply “HLN tries to get to as many places as logistics will allow them to and all dates are posted to the Calendar section of this site as soon as they are confirmed. Huey loves you all and wishes he could be everywhere at once but alas, he simply cannot.”

November 27, 2017
Question:
I’ve noticed that you’ve always liked soul music. Your favorites such us Johnnie Taylor, Ottis Redding, etc… also sing Gospel music. Are you also a fan of Gospel music?
Aaron Armendariz
Answer:
I am. Have always loved Gospel music, and yes, many of my favorite singers started out singing the gospel.

November 20, 2017
Question:
First saw you when you were in Clover and playing harmonica with Thin Lizzy at the Hammersmith Odeon. How did that harmonica contribution that ended up on Live and Dangerous come about?
Raymond Hill
Answer:
Phillip (Lynott) asked me to jam on that tune for that whole tour (Live and Dangerous), and we recorded it at Hammersmith.

November 13, 2017
Question:
One artist dead or alive that you would want to work with on a song or album who would it be and why?
Brian Pirtle – Atlantic Beach, FL
Answer:
Ray Charles because he was always my favorite singer.

November 6, 2017
Question:
Why did the band decide to leave “Your Love Is Killing Me” off of Plan B?
Sal Montalbano, Kansas City
Answer:
We rewrote it, and have rerecorded it for our new album (released in spring of 2018?).

October 30, 2017
Question:
How did it come about doing a cover of Bruce Hornsby’s Jacob’s Ladder?
Roger Quehl
Answer:
When I produced tracks for Bruce’s first record, I had our version of Jacob’s Ladder in mind … Bruce didn’t like the arrangement for his band but suggested we (The News) do it that way.

October 23, 2017
Question:
As a big Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy fan, Phil made his last recordings with you. They are all out there on the internet. Why have they never been properly released? They are great songs. Who holds the rights? I met Phil many times, he was a great guy to talk to. A TRUE Legend!!
Paul Williams
Answer:
I have no idea why those things are or aren’t released, or on the internet … I only know we hadn’t finished them when Phil passed, unfortunately … and yes, he was a legend.

October 16, 2017
Question:
Have been a fan since age 12 or 13 when I heard “Do You Believe In Love” on WLS AM in Chicago when I woke up for school one morning back in the 80s. Have been to 12 or 13 of your shows around the Midwest over the years. The new live version of “Jacob’s Ladder” with the harmonica at the beginning and the long guitar solo is my all-time favorite. I finally heard it live at the Hammond, Indiana show earlier this year. Any chance of a studio or live version of the current “Jacob’s Ladder” being released in the near future?
Mike Miazga
Answer:
No plans for a live recording as yet, but you never know.

October 9, 2017
Question:
Hi Huey. I’m probably your biggest fan, at least under 10. My favorite song is “Back In Time” from Back to the Future. Here’s my question: were you reluctant in agreeing to be the nerdy music teacher in Back to the Future?
Derek Fricke
Answer:
Actually, I enjoyed it. The idea was for me to be almost unrecognizable, and uncredited as a kind of inside joke.

October 2, 2017
Question:
My family recently were lucky enough to see you in concert in Sun Valley, Idaho. When did you start playing the harmonica? I was extremely impressed with your talent.
Jennifer, Tiburon, CA
Answer:
Thanks. I started playing harmonica in high school.

September 25, 201
Question:
On the Showtime special for the Sports tour, you are shown warming up backstage. What was the song? Some of the lyrics were, “Ain’t nothing stopping us now. Oh no.  Ain’t nothing gonna stop us no how.”  Is there a full version of that song available?
P McCormick
Answer:
“Ain’t Nothing” is a Tower of Power tune, available on one of their albums.

September 18, 2017
Question:
When will you do a remix of Huey Lewis And The News 1979 – Exodisco? I need to boogie!
Anthony Oertel, San Rafael, CA
Answer:
No plans, but I must admit it’s an interesting idea.

September 11, 2018
Question:
Will you ever do another concert with Tower of Power? Don’t you think that would just blow everybody’s mind?
John Ropper
Answer:
I certainly hope so, and expect to … we tried to tour together last year, but couldn’t work out the details.

September 3, 2017
Question:
I’m a songwriter that’s heavily influenced by your music and thought I’d ask how most of HLN’s legendary hits started – vocal melodies? guitar or keyboard parts? It’s always interesting (and inspirational) to see how such well-written, popular tunes got their beginnings.
Brandon Kirkley
Answer:
Well, there is no one way. Usually it’s a lyrical hook, or a melody, or maybe a chord progression, but in the end, it all must work together.

August 28, 2017
Question:
I have been a fan since I waited on you at the counter at The Deli on Union Street in San Francisco, I’d guess around 1982-1983. Since there’s such a big connection between music and “math” I’m wondering if you are supporting keeping music alive in the public schools?
Michele McCabe
Answer:
I certainly do. The arts are so important to a child’s development. Research shows that kids who are involved with the arts learn faster, grow smarter, and are more mature … the arts truly make the world a better place!

August 21, 2017
Question:
You performed with Tower of Power and I believe the horn section did some HLN gigs. TOP has got to be the tightest group still out there. Can you comment on your experience with TOP?
Jeff Horowitz – Spartanburg, SC
Answer:
We love and admire those guys so much … Happy to claim them all as good friends.

August 14, 2017
Question:
Can you talk about how you came to play with Thin Lizzy? What was your relationship with Phil Lynott like?
Chris
Answer:
I loved Phil Lynott, and learned so much from him. We met when Clover opened for Thin Lizzy and hit it off immediately. I still think of him often.

August 7, 2017
Question:
Hi Huey, I am a fan of your Music since about 30 years and I still remember the two Concerts I attended in Zurich, Switzerland with Tower Of Power! What a show!! My question is following: which cities did you visit in Morocco on your trip there?
Florian Buehrer
Answer:
Casa Blanca, Marrakech, Agadir, Tangier and Fez

July 24, 2017
Question:
I was very sad last year when Prince died. Music certainly lost a distinct voice. My question is: Did you ever meet Prince? Huey Lewis and the News and Prince are my two favorite acts of all time.
Martin Willer
Answer:
Yes. A couple of times … we presented him with one of his American Music Awards.

July 17, 2017
Question:
On the Hard at Play album cover… what are you sitting on?
Brian Gates
Answer:
Bill’s drum rack.

July 10, 2017
Question:
When you are touring, what part of the country do you love the best for food?
Hayden DiPietro – Tracys Landing, MD
Answer:
Probably the South, especially New Orleans.

July 3, 2017
Question:
How did you meet “the news” and what made you want to be a singer in a rock band? And who most influenced you as a singer and writer?
Corinne Scott
Answer:
I grew up with the News members in Marin County. My dad was a jazz musician and when I saw my first band in third grade or so, I knew it was what I wanted to do. I was influenced by many, including Ray Charles, Johnnie Taylor, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and many other rhythm and blues singers.

June 26, 2017
Question:
Was there a performer or person that you always wanted to meet and due to your success you were able to meet them. If so, what was the experience like when you finally did get to meet them?
You guys are my dream to meet! Maybe someday…
Janis Rudolph, New Milford, NJ
Answer:
Ray Charles. I met him at We Are the World, and I was so in awe, I couldn’t say anything.

June 19, 2017
Question:
What song or songs do you feel should have been hits that for whatever reason never were? “Hit me Like a Hammer,” “Walking with the Kid” and “You Mean the World to Me” are some of my favorites.
Aaron V.
Answer:
I agree that “Walking with the Kid” could have been a hit, but was never released as a single.

June 12, 2017
Question:
You have written a lot of songs in your career, which one is your favorite?
Kali, Washington
Answer:
I don’t have a favorite … not allowed to play favorites, but I always prefer doing the newer things.

June 5, 2017
Question:
In my mind, you have hopefully interacted with Michael J. Fox. I have always wondered if he is as pleasant as he comes off in his films?
Ryan Shearer
Answer:
He is even more pleasant in person. Truly a wonderful guy.

May 29, 2017
Question:
Huge fan of yours from Denmark. Saw you on Waldbuhne, Berlin first time in 1986.
Later on in the beginning 90s i saw an interview with you on a Danish channel. You had a discussion with the interviewer that in some concerts once in a while you get into a sort of mental phase where it seems as if “time stops and everything flows perfectly.” This, as I remember the interview, is the best moment and why you love doing concerts. My question is, do you still experience these phases and how often do they happen?
Jens Laursen – Denmark
Answer:
Yes, every night … sometimes more than others, depending on sound and bio-rhythms (!), but that’s the object. Almost as if the song begins to play and sing itself.

May 22, 2017
Question:
Two of my favorite songs of all time are ELO’s “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and HLN’s “Do You Believe in Love.”  I’m sure you’ve been asked many times if there’s a connection between the two. Was that just a fluke?
Mark – Colorado Springs
Answer:
You’ll need to ask Mutt Lange, who wrote “Do You Believe in Love” about that, but I know what you mean.

May 15, 2015
Question:
Just watched your show at Rock the Park in London, ON. You and the guys were totally awesome! It struck me during the set that some of your back catalog is actually pretty challenging to sing along to. “If This Is It” and “Heart And Soul” shredded my voice as I tried to sing along. Are there songs that you find more challenging than others and do you adjust your set accordingly, depending on how much you want to push your voice?
Chris M. – Waterloo, ON
Answer:
Yes, some songs are more challenging, but we get paid to sing them!

May 7, 2017
Question:
I was wondering why you and your band have yet to be nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… I know they have PLC guidelines, but just wondering what your spin is on it.
Ruth Roberts
Answer:
I don’t know. Maybe you could write them and ask?

May 1, 2017
Question:
If it weren’t for my early exposure to your music, I probably would never have become a musician, or a music teacher. That being said, I would like to know about the News’ writing process. What is a typical method or series of events in the development of a song? Do you record a lot of demos? How critical are you in the early stages of writing a song?
John Licari
Answer:
There really is no one way … usually we’ll have a lyric idea and then look for a rhythm and melody for the hook, and then flesh it out … sometimes, however, someone will come up with a nice melody and chord progression and we’ll write words to it … typically, I’ll write the lyrics and one or several of the boys will write the music, but we all chip in at every stage.

April 24, 2017
Question:
On a studio recording of an Umphrey’s McGee song, (I can’t recall which one) someone starts singing Heart of R&R in a conversation in the background. I always wondered who it was. You or someone in your band?
Jim Oxley
Answer:
Not sure … i think it’s one of the UM guys.

April 17, 2017
Question:
I recently came across the promo video for “Don’t Ever Tell Me That You Love Me.” Awesome early video and I was interested to know where the outdoor band sections were filmed. Looks like an old Greek amphitheater location.
Mark Kresnak
Answer:
It was filmed at the open air theatre on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.

April 10, 2017
Question:
What made you guys add Toronto & Montreal to the lyrics of The Heart of Rock and Roll? Was there pressure from the Canadian record executives or radio stations? It was a fun nod but even at 10 years old, I wondered why it wasn’t on my album!
Neil Gillespie
Answer:
It was the record company’s idea. After the song was a hit, we went back in the studio and added cities to the ride out so that local radio stations could play their own version… somewhere there’s a “Halifax” and a few other Canadian cities as well.

April 3, 2017
Question:
You have been famous for so long can you actually still remember what it was like to walk down a street, go to a store or restaurant and not be recognized? Do you ever miss the anonymity?
Rob Coleman
Answer:
Let’s be honest; anyone who does what I do, has got to like the attention a little, or he/she wouldn’t have done it in the first place, and it comes with the territory, as they say.

March 27, 2017
Question:
In the 80’s music video “Power Of Love,” was it actually filmed at Uncle Charlie’s or was it a studio set and how long did it take to shoot?
Scott – Benicia, CA
Answer:
Yes, it was Uncle Charlie’s, and it took all day and night to shoot. I left about 3:00 AM

March 20,
A couple of decades ago, my great-grandma’s first cousin, Berger Rorvik, came to the Bitterroot for a visit. We also visited him once (back in the late eighties) at his place near San Francisco. In my memory, I remember him saying something about maybe playing a part in how you got your name. Am I imagining this or is this correct?
Jeremy Barcus
Answer:
It is correct. He first called me “Huey, Lewey”, which became “Lewey”, and then “Lewis”, and when in Britain, in order to be ambiguous because I was doing sessions with no green card, I took the name.

March 13, 2017
Question:
I’m a big fan. I was wondering what your favorite sports teams are.
Roger
Answer:
SF Giants, Chicago Cubs, Golden State Warriors, and the SF 49ers of the 1980’s.

March 6, 2017
Question:
Love the energy that you and the band continue to bring to the stage. What’s your secret for staying in such great shape?
Amy – Sacramento, CA
Answer:
Vanity.

February 27, 2017
Question:
Enjoyed a show recently in AC and have been to a number of concerts since the 80s. Most favorite was the “Sports Section” show at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. If you had to pick some classic place like The Stone Pony that you haven’t played in yet – say something along the lines of the Grand Ole’ Opry for Country Music, is there a venue on the bucket list for you or the band?
Kevin Inglin, Ringoes NJ
Answer:
It’s a good question, but the answer is, not really. We like to play places that sound good, so we really only know after we’ve played there.

February 13, 2017
Question:
How do you and the band keep entertained (aka keep from killing each other) on the tour bus? Is it easier now with all the communication technology than it was 30 years ago?
Susan B. – Arma, KS
Answer:
We watch Golf Channel, surf the internet, and play music.

January 30, 2017
Question:
What was the most unusual concert situation that the band has been in, especially since you guys hit it big?
Keith Caulfield – Houston, Texas
Answer:
Hard to top 120,000 people in Germany at the Nuremberg Ring.

January 23, 2017
Question:
It was rumoured in the mid 90s that you had worked on a solo album possibly titled Back in Blue. Why was that project shelved & did any songs make it to a News album?
Alex Temesvari
Answer:
Long story, but, It was ill fated from the start due to the logistics of living in Montana and recording in LA. We used “100 Years from Now”, which I wrote with Marcel and Nathan East, and we may cut another one of the tunes I wrote with Andy Goldmark while down there.

January 16, 2017
Question:
I read somewhere that you are a pretty good auto mechanic ~ true?  Also, have you ever played in Vermont?
Paula T
Answer:
No, I’m not a very good mechanic, but I look like one, and I think I look like a pretty good one at that.

January 9, 2017
Question:
What do you feel like is your BIGGEST musical accomplishment in your career?
Kristy, Charlotte, NC
Answer:
Getting Stan Getz to play on the Small World record.

December 26, 2016
Question:
Have you ever thought of getting involved in politics? I think you would be great! Make America Hip Again! Keep rocking!
George Buchanan, Waterloo,IL
Answer:
Sometimes I think I could do a better job, but I suppose we all do … trouble is, most of us are right.

December 19, 2016
Question:
Were any of the band members influenced by any British groups, particularly in their early years? What music do you enjoy from ‘across the Pond?’
Di Gough
Answer:
Of course … We were all big Traffic fans, Joe Cocker fans, Beatle and Stones fans, of course, and other lessor know British acts, like Frankie Miller as well. As Duke Ellington famously said; There’s only two types of music … good, and bad.

December 12, 2016
Question:
Hello and thank you for many, many years of wonderful music. Did you ever play at any of the Lawrenceville Prep ” TEA DANCES”? I was a friend of Spencer Tandy and Peter Leib and have fond memories of those dances.
Diane
Answer:
No. I was just playing harmonica solo in those days … I wasn’t in a band. But I certainly remember the “tea dances.”

December 5, 2016
Question:
I’m 58 yrs. old. Have over 10,000 songs in my collection. I didn’t think it was possible, but I narrowed down my favorite all-time song to be ‘When the Time Has Come.’ What a great song! Did you write it? Where does that rank as one of your favorites?
Jeff Holocher – Denver
Answer:
Love that. It’s also one of my favorites … I wrote that one with Chris Hayes.

November 28, 2016
Question:
Have you ever considered releasing a box set? Being able to have access to hard-to-find material, demos, unreleased songs, videos would be absolutely great. The SPORTS 30th anniversary is great but it leaves the fans (I will speak for others!) wanting more! Thanks for ALL the great music!
Terry
Answer:
We haven’t, but that’s a great idea … maybe one day.

November 21, 2016
Question:
How do you come up with your song list? For example, “Jacob’s Ladder” is a favorite of mine but I am not sure if you have it on your list.
Steve from snowy PA
Answer:
We vary it from night to night, week to week, and year to year. We’re playing “Jacob’s Ladder” almost every night these days.

November 14, 2016
Question:
I hear you are a fisherman. Where and what was the biggest fish you’ve caught so far?
Richard Erickson
Answer:
I’m a fly fishing snob … I caught a 90 lb. tarpon in Appalachicola on an 11 wt. fly rod. It was very cool.

November 7, 2016
Question:
Hi Huey, Australian fan of 23 years here. Now that plenty of time has passed, can you talk more about the break down between HLN and Chrysalis/EMI in 1992. What caused the split? Was it due to them wanting to release a hits album before you guys wanted to or due to unhappiness over the Hard At Play album experience (which remains a favorite with me & many fans) or something else?
Alex
Answer:
We simply got a better offer from Warners. No hard feelings.

October 24, 2016
Question:
Have you ever thought about playing the summer stage at the rock mecca of the Jersey Shore, The Stone Pony? Because lets face it, your songs howling through the summer air by the boardwalk is exactly how it was meant to be heard.
Chris McKinley – Neptune, N.J.
 Answer:
We played the Stone Pony at least once, and maybe twice in the early days.

October 17, 2016
Question:
Where did “You Crack Me Up” come from?
Judy Wry
Answer:
The parking lot at Uncle Charlie’s.

October 10, 2016
Question:
I am a long-time fan and have seen you in concert multiple times – every chance I get. I recall seeing you back in 1985-1986 and you did your version of Randy Newman’s then hit “I Love LA.” Your version was, of course, “I Love the Bay.”  Is that available anywhere? As a resident and huge lover of the Bay Area, I would love to see the lyrics to this adaptation again.
Kaci Lopez, Dublin, CA
Answer:
I doubt that version is anywhere … It was before the internet! I remember it well however. Fun.

October 3, 2016
Question:
Any thoughts to re-recording some of the old “Clover” tunes that you and Sean recorded? Some of those tracks would benefit from modern production values and perhaps the addition of your horn section. Kind of like how you re-worked and slowed down “Trouble in Paradise.” Also, do you and Alex Call remain in touch? I believe he wrote “Perfect World” for you guys.
Robert Shapiro
Answer:
Yes, I’m in touch with Alex and John McFee. John has rerecorded a full album of Clover stuff (although mostly stuff from before Sean and I joined), and is preparing to mix it and release it this year I believe.

September 26, 2016
Question:
I’ve always wondered: what is the meaning behind the lyrics in “Don’t make me do it”?
Adam Duchesne
Answer:
Apparently, it was a story not told really well. The idea was meant to be ironic.

September 19, 2016
Question:
I got a question: Was the song “You Crack Me Up” about anyone in particular? A friend or a relative maybe? I think we all know the kinda guy you’re singing about. Somehow that song always spoke to me.
Martin Willer
Answer:
Not really. It was an amalgam of a lot of characters around in those days.

September 12, 2016
Question:
I was wondering if you guys would ever consider doing an all A Capella concert tour?
Lori Hext – Rhinelander, WI
Answer:
What would we do with the road crew? They’d be very upset.

September 5, 2016
Question:
I have to say that the song and sax solo in “Trouble in Paradise” is one of my all time faves. I know that was recorded back in the 80’s. Has Marc Russo ever played with you guys since that time?
Bryan T – Wallington, NJ
Answer:
Yes. He plays with the Doobie Brothers, and they are friends of ours. When we work together he sits in. He’s a wonderful player.

August 29, 2016
Question:
This is a two-part question. I’ve seen every video you ever made (love them all) and wonder if there was ever a video shoot that had been potentially dangerous to your life?
Clint J.
Answer:
The video of “Workin’ for a Livin’” with Garth Brooks was pretty hairy … I stood in the middle of the track while two stock cars raced past me at 100 miles an hour missing me by 3 feet on each side.

August 22, 2016
Question:
I think that when “Huey” was at Cornell he started “Slippery Elm.” We were playing the same frats and venues at the time. We called ourselves “Snake.” We played at the Salty Dog, The Haunt, The North 40, The Warehouse and Barton Hall (America is Hard to Find) and too many Frats to mention. Let me know if I’m correct.
Burd
Answer:
You are correct, but I didn’t start Slippery Elm … Peter Grenfell started the band with Bill Benson and Stuart Krasnoff, and I just joined.

August 8, 2016
Question:
My favourite album of yours is Small World, I would honestly say there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t play it. So my question is, will you ever release a remastered version? When I visit music stores, I always see Fore and Sports, but I would truly love to see Small World sat on the shelf next to them.
Steven Herbert
Answer:
It’s a good idea … Small World is also one of my favorites.

August 1, 2016
Question:
“Stuck With You” was on the radio and two people are convinced it was played during the rolling credits to a movie in the 90s but we just can’t remember which one. Does that ring a bell with you as we can’t find reference to it anywhere. Great song. Thanks a lot.
Dunoon Police Department
Argyll, Scotland
Answer:
I kind of remember that, but I’m not sure … seems like I would (should?) remember it, so maybe it never happened!

July 25, 2016
Question:
There are so many questions I would love to ask like why can’t you and bruce Hornsby work together again, do a blues album together…it would be great! Have you ever watched/attended a football match, I mean football in the European sense, so soccer to you? And did you like it being a sports fan?
Phil UK
Answer:
Bruce and I have talked about that very thing, but, we’re both pretty busy.
I attended an Ipswich match with Mutt Lange in 1976 … It was very cool.

July 18, 2016
Question:
I love the ballad arrangement for “Do You Believe in Love.” I may have seen it on video but I want to take it everywhere I go. Have you released it? If not, then why not?
Kimberley Dolph
Answer:
Good question … I don’t know why we haven’t. Maybe we should…

July 11, 2016
Question:
Will Chris Hayes ever return to the band and touring? I noticed on his bio it stated that he sometimes fills in for Steph. If that happens, do you typically announce that on your website? Chris Hayes update, please!! (btw, I still have a postcard that I received from Chris Hayes after writing him when I was about 15 years old and his guitar pick that he gave me at the Wente Vineyard concert)
Annie V. – Vail Valley, Colorado
Answer:
You never know. Chris sits in with us when we’re near him in Oregon, and we still talk, play golf, etc. now and then. We still write together, and have a couple things in the works.

June 20, 2016
Question:
Who is that gorgeous woman in the ‘Doin’ it all for my baby ‘ video? I know she ain’t no Lady Frankenstein!
Lou
Answer:
She was a model/actress from LA … It was shot in LA.

June 13, 2016
Question:
What was the name of the song Bob Dylan gave you to record, and you chose not to?
Paula T
Answer:
Embarrassingly, I can’t remember exactly, and I don’t even know where the cassette tape is anymore, but it was something like A-B-C …

June 6, 2016
Question:
Huey, how well did you get to know Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy when you toured with them, and did you do other projects with them?
Bob Mohr – Chicago, IL
Answer:
Very well. He was an incredible performer, writer, singer, and person … taught me a lot. I knew him quite well, played on two of his solo albums, and was in the middle of producing three tracks for him when he passed away. Very sad. He was one of the best performers I ever saw.

May 30, 2016
Question:
I think that way back in the olden days when I was a sprout in Walnut Creek I saw a poster for Huey Lewis and the Gnus. Is there any truth to that recollection, or was it just the result of my excessive pot smoking back then?
Dave Eiffert
Answer:
Both. I vaguely remember that too. The excessive pot smoking may be the reason you/I can’t remember.

May 16, 2015
Question:
Although you are still turning out some great music and I remain a huge fan – you had such a run at top 10 hits and then, as with some other bands – kind of fade away from the hit chart. I’ve always been curious – did the song writing team break up? Record label / management problems – or writers block or none of my business??!! I’ll regardless – keep playing that rock n roll! And if you’re ever in the neighbourhood – drop in for a cold Moosehead!
Mike – Nova Scotia
Answer:
Good question. A little writer’s block, family, touring … life. BUT, we have several (yes, several) new songs in production, and I think they are really good!

 May 8, 2016
Question:
I was in the Navy in September 1984, stationed aboard the USS Saratoga. Due to an injury I was medevaced to the Naval Hospital on the base at Naples Italy. During my recovery, I stopped in at the base club and there was someone singing Heart of Rock and Roll and a number of your other tunes.  I was thinking, these guys a really good!  Was that you? Did I have an opportunity to see Huey Lewis and the News and didn’t even know it?
Dennis Disney
Answer:
Nope. Too bad, cause it would be a great story!

May 2, 2016
Question:
My name is Noel Bailey. Your concert was the first major concert of my life. I was born in 1980 and remember seeing you in Michigan in an outside venue. I remember sitting in the grass watching you and the News. Asleep At The Wheel opened for you. Any idea what year it was? I just caught your concert last night at Downstream Casino and loved every minute of it. Your harp playing was great and the News is tighter than ever!!! Your band is one of the reasons I wanted to play music in my life… Your guitar players are some of the best!!!My big question is I am thinking about getting into fly fishing any tips you can give me? Also what is your favorite way to cook trout.
Noel Bailey
Answer:
Thanks, for your kind words. I congratulate you on your fly fishing endeavors … it’s a wonderful past time … be patient, and do it a lot … it’s endlessly challenging, and rewarding, and will give you lots of enjoyment.

April 18, 2016
Question:
In a recent Boston Globe article, “Huey Lewis and The News Takes Its Classic for Another Spin,” you mention that when ‘Sports’ came out, it was a collection of hits that worked well for CHR [Contemporary Hit Radio] at a time when AM/FM was the only avenue to success. Back then,”You needed a hit record, period.” When asked if you are working on a new album today, you said:
“…Do you need 12 songs? Do we need an EP? Twelve is awful tough. What I think you do is you record a song and you film yourself doing it and put it on YouTube. You don’t need a record today, you need a YouTube clip.” Rethinking the “hit record” paradigm, where do you see the avenue(s) to success for today’s musicians? I’m interested to see hear a legend’s perspective.
Katie Eigel, Chicago, IL
Answer:
I think nowadays, in a social media world, there are unlimited avenues to success … that’s maybe part of the problem … trying to be heard and seen is more difficult than ever.

April 11, 2016
Question:
Hi Huey, I am a new Stevie Ray Vaughan fan and read that he opened for you guys on the Sports tour. How did that come about?
Matt Wittman
Answer:
I loved his first record and directed my agent to see if he wanted to open for us … we probably did 30 – 40 dates together … still one of our favorite tours.

April 4, 2016
Question:
Hello from Alaska. I have found that living here has been a bit of a challenge with the dryness in the air and my singing is often affected by it. Do you find it difficult to adjust to the different humidity levels when on tour? If so, what do you use to help your chords from having a melt-down?
Traci Odom – Anchorage, AK
Answer:
Lack of humidity is definitely tough on the voice … I take steam baths (in a steam room) rather regularly … 20 minutes in a steam room, and a couple hours of voice rest (quiet), can do wonders.

March 28, 2015
Question:
Hello, one of my favorite albums from any band or artist is Small World. I was listening to it the other day and wondered if you had any memories that stand out from recording it.
Matt Wittman
Answer:
I have great memories of that album, but one of my favorites was watching Stan Getz play his solo a couple times in the studio. It was a master class in musicianship.

March 7, 2016
Question:
Would you please consider licensing “I want a New Drug” to the folks at Rocksmith? It’s a game-based guitar training program for the PS3/XBox/computer. I think it would be cool to learn how to play the song.
Chris Cardinal
Answer:
OK. Tell them to call the office, and we’ll work out a deal.

February 29, 2016
Question:
I read somewhere that you said when you play the harmonica the sound has to do with your respiratory sounds and that no one sounds the same. Did I get that right? Can you explain that? I don’t understand but I know I love it when you break that bad boy out and play it!!! Gives me goosebumps!!
Tammy Baughn
Answer:
I love that you love the mouth harp … yeah, because the sound is made partially by the body cavity, everyone’s tone is slightly different.

February 22, 2016
Question:
I started listening to HLN after watching the Back to the Future Trilogy. I’m just wondering how you feel about being in such an iconic movie and I’m also wondering if you ever showed Marty McFly, sorry, Michael J. Fox how its done?
Connor Willis
Answer:
I’m very happy to be part of the Back to the Future phenomenon. Michael does pretty good for himself.

February 15, 2016
Question:
Who was invited sax player on small world that was his last recording??
peter carrasquillo
Answer:
The late great Stan Getz

January, 25, 2016
Question:
I’ve been a lifelong fan of the band (I bought “Sports” with my own money when I was 6 years old) and I was just curious as to which of your albums you are most proud of? Or better yet, is there an album of yours that you guys see as overlooked or unappreciated?
Sean Coyle
Answer:
I think Plan B has some good songs that are sometimes overlooked.

January 11, 2016
Question:
Alan Doyle, lead singer extraordinaire of Great Big Sea, has been on the road for 20 years. He says, “The only thing worse than being on the road is not being on the road”. Do you agree?
Kathryn Merrick
Answer:
Sort of. It’s like circus work … a lot of fun for a while.

January 4, 2016
Question:
Have you ever played with country artists? Are you a fan of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn?  Seems like your playing and soulfulness is much like Haggards.
Loren Kemper
Answer:
I love Willie, Merle, and Loretta … Flattered that you think I’m anything like Merle.

December 28, 2015
Question:
In the movie, American Psycho, what did Huey and the Band feel about Bateman’s extolling the facets of “Hip To be Square” while he gave Paul the axe (literally) ?
Joe Glim
Answer:
Fine. It’s really a long story about the film company who released a phony press release which said that I’d seen the movie, and it was so violent that we pulled our tune from the soundtrack … not true … there never was to be a soundtrack originally, and they were trying to gin up interest for the film on the eve of the release … that, but creatively, I’ve never had a problem with it.

December 14, 2016
Question:
I have a question about your scene from Back to the Future. During the band audition when you reject the Pinheads for being “too darn loud,” they play a bit of “Back in Time.” Of course the irony is that’s it’s your band playing, but the sound has an edgier feel and the lead guitar part mimicked by Marty McFly sounds nothing like the playing of Chris Hayes. So, is this a rough mix of the studio version you released and did Chris play special overdubs to sound more like McFly’s hero-Eddie Van Halen?
Ted C. – Jacksonville
Answer:
I think they used a Demo of “Power of Love” and then played over-the-top guitar all over it … I don’t know who they used to play it … probably a session guy.
(Jacksonville–see ya Dec 8th)

December 7, 2015
Question:
Hello! I’m an aspiring musician, and I loved your guitar tone from your hits “Walking on a thin line,” “I know what I like,” “The Only One,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “It Hit Me Like a Hammer,” etc, etc. It sounds to me like you used Strats on those, and I was wondering if you used many/any effects, or is it basic guitar to amp? Whatever you did, it was awesome and one of my top five sought after guitar sounds.
Jess
Answer:
Well, we did lots of things … yes, most of the guitars are strats, but we used Les Pauls also, and a variety of amps … usually old Fender tube amps, but not always, depending on what we were going for.

November 30, 2015
Question:
I was just listening to some songs on Youtube and I bet you could sing the song “She’s A Beauty” (by the Tubes) even better than Fee Waybill. By any chance, have you ever covered that song?
Steve D. – NY
Answer:
No, but that record was produced by David Foster, and a lot of the Toto boys played on it, and we’ve always been big fans of their musicianship, and were flattered when people compared that song to one of ours (you’re not the first person to point out some similarities).

November 23, 2015
Question:
What are your thoughts on Sesame Street’s parody Hip To Be A Square? Did Sesame Street ever contact you for permission to parody the song?
Robyn Learn
Answer:
Yes they contacted our publisher about doing it, and we were happy to let ‘em. I think it’s sweet.

November 16, 2015
Question:
I have always been a huge fan.  I remember watching you guys on MTV. The other day, I was watching Back to the Future with my children and pointed you out to them. After we pulled up some videos of you online, I got to wondering……What was your favorite video to make?
R. David – Steamboat Springs, CO
Answer:
Hard to say … the early ones were fun, but we had so much to do with limited budget that we had to work to exhaustion … some of the later ones were a little more relaxed … Perfect World was fun.

November 9, 2015
Question:
Do you regret not graduating from Cornell University?
Annemarie
Answer:
No, but then, I don’t regret anything.

November 2, 2015
Question:
Before I ask my question I just want to say that I’m 15 and you’ve been a huge inspiration in my life and I’m looking forward to seeing you in concert one day! Now my question is, What’s the secret to your great hair and do you have any tips for those who want to attempt your hairstyle?
-Samuel Bounds, Auburn, AL
Answer:
It’s very important to choose your parents well, if you want to have great hair … genetics is key.

October 26, 2015
Question:
You being an avid golfer we were wondering what course you played in Saskatoon and what did you shoot?
Scott
Answer:
I’m sworn to secrecy, but it was a great golf course, and I probably played worse than I should have … I can play better … I just never have!

October 19, 2015
Question:
I am so thrilled that you guys are back! My Question is if there was another Back To The Future Movie would you guys do a song for that movie or do an appearance in the movie?
Theresa Poling
Answer:
Let me see … yes. Truthfully, it would depend on the quality of the script, production, director etc., but if Bob Zemekis was involved, I can’t imagine it not being well worthwhile.

October 5, 2015
Question:
I’ve always wondered…why did you choose the name “The News” for your backing band?
Alex Rosenheim
Answer:
My first choice was the Beatles, but that was already taken.

September 28, 2015
Question:
Was grandpa Munster Al Lewis really your Dad?
Rob McNulty
Answer:
Nope.

September 21, 2015
Question:
I was thrilled to travel to New York City to see you portray Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. I clung to your every word wondering how you remembered all those lines! Can you describe the experience and can we expect to see you star on Broadway again in the future ? Best!
Joanne LaPlante ~ Londonderry, NH
Answer:
I loved playing Broadway … extremely collaborative, and very challenging, but so much fun … living in New York etc… I don’t have any Broadway plans at the moment, but would never rule it out.

 September 7, 2015
Question:
There was a back up singer in your group in the 1980s- Mike Navarini, how long did he sing in your band?
Regina Vernon
Answer:
Nope. Must’ve been some other group.

August 31, 2015
Question:
Was there a lead guitarist in your band named Garry Boyer? He says he played with y’all in the mid-to-late 80s’, and helped write the song ‘Walking on a Thin Line’.
Xavier Canchola
Answer:
Nope. Walking on a Thin Line was written by Andre Pessis and Kevin Wells.

August 23, 2015
Question:
I’ve read that you enjoy auto racing.  What kinds of racing to you prefer and have you ever raced in any venues?  Do you have any favorite racers?
Susan Michelle
Answer:
I’m not a very good racing fan, although I’ve been on a Nascar ride before that was amazing, and I totally respect what these guys do.

August 17, 2015
Question:
At what point did you know the band had truly made it? Was it a single occurrence, or something gradual?
Missi Kelly
Answer:
Still not sure what “make it” is … Nowadays, the challenges are creative, because we can pay the bills … I suppose we knew we were going to be able to exist for a while around the beginning of 1984.

August 3, 2015
Question:
What are your five favorite records of all time? Those discs that you take to a desert island.
Marco Galvagni, Trento, Italy
Answer:
Tough question, but I’ll say Sinatra, “Live at the Sands,” Louis Armstrong, “Satch plays Fats,” Stevie Wonder “Music of My Mind”, Sonny Boy Williamson’s ”Greatest Hits” and Bob Dylan “Highway 61 Revisited” … but that’s only today’s choices!

July 27, 2015
Question:
Still love the band and your music after all these years! Just wanted to ask you how did you get into fly fishing and how often do you get to go?
Sandy Reiter – Middlefield, OH
Answer:
My father introduced me to fly fishing as a kid, and although I didn’t get a chance to do much of it early, I’m making up for that now!

July 19, 2015
Question:
Thank you for sharing your talent. I’ve caught fish from New Zealand to Montana. What’s your favorite fly patterns, and rods? Fishing lets you zone out after dealing with everyone that wants a piece of you. God bless.
Bruce Lyon
Answer:
I have several rods … my three favorites are probably a 5 wt. Sage, a 30 year old 6 wt. Winston, and an 8 wt. Thomas and Thomas. My friend and neighbor in Montana, Andy Carlson is a great tyer, and ties two of my favorite flies, the “Purple haze”, and the “Huey’s down wing” which is a stone fly/skwala imitation named after yours truly.

July 12, 2015
Question:
What is a silver armadillo, and what was it doing underneath her pillow?
David Summers
Moscow, ID USA
Answer:
I don’t really know … but I can imagine … Phillip Lynott wrote the song … I played on it for his solo album, and we rearranged it and did it for the first record.

July 5, 2015
Question:
I enjoy 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s rock and roll. But ever since the 80s ended, none of the newer artists appeal to me. Can you suggest some contemporary artists/bands that you enjoy that might change my attitude about today’s music? Thanks so much. You’re the best!
Lori Reece
Answer:
I like the jam band Umphrey’s McGee … Bruno Mars is a wonderful entertainer … but i agree, there are less “songs” now … more sizzle, less steak!

June 28, 2015
Question:
Is Huey related to E.G. Lewis the founder of Atascadero, CA and also, leader of womens suffurage movement?
Susan Highfill
Answer:
Nope.

June 21, 2015
Question:
Do you have any plans to write an autobiography and do a book tour like many other musicians have done?
Tony F.
Answer:
I’ve been approached many times to do it, but I have no real desire to … not yet anyway.

June 15, 2015
Question:
One of my most treasured possessions is a cassette tape sleeve that both you and Bruce Hornsby signed for me at a show in Nottingham, UK in 1985. As a dorky teenager at the time, I remember your patience and good grace, taking time to talk to a bunch of pushy fans. So, almost 30 years later – let me say a big thank you! Back then, many fans knew HLN from the movie Back to the Future. Obviously, a few of your songs will forever be associated with that movie. I wonder what you think about the movie now, whether you remember it with nostalgia or – something else. Most importantly, when was the last time you or your family watched it? Cheers!
Matt Birks, Calgary, AB
Answer:
Well, the movie is an acknowledged classic … what’s funny is how many of the “future” predictions in the film have come true.

June 8, 2015
Question:
Was there ever a time in your music career that you were very discouraged and wanted to give up before you hit it big? How did you over come that doubt/fear.
Nina Hegyi
Answer:
Actually, not really … I started kind of late, and was always improving (still am), so I simply enjoyed the journey. The object was always to improve, not necessarily to hit it big, so I was always encouraged.

May 25, 2015
Question:
I am thinking about getting into fly fishing any tips you can give me? Also what is your favorite way to cook trout.
Noel Bailey
Answer:
Read anything by Lefty Kreh, and take a lesson … I practice catch and release, so I don’t cook trout … I’d rather leave them in the stream and catch them some other day.

May 18, 2015
Question:
I caught your show at Downstream at Quapaw, Oklahoma. When I looked out my hotel window, I thought I saw you catching some rays. Was it you?
Chris Hornback
Answer:
Very doubtful … I don’t catch many rays … can’t you tell?

May 11, 2015
Question:
When you were at Cornell University, was my dog Max one of your roommates? I was in the Army and sent to Vietnam and left my two dogs, Max and Bob with my friend John. John could not handle both of them and  found suitable accommodations for Bob, the Rottweiler. Max, the German Shepherd/Collie stayed with John. John told me that Max would not let you practice on the sax in his presence. You either went outside or practiced when he wasn’t in the house. Max is already famous enough as he is in the September 1968 issue of Playboy Magazine.
Bob Fabbricatore
Cornell ‘68
Viet Nam 1969-70
Answer:
Yes, that is all true … I remember Max, and John very well.

May 4, 2015
Question:
We were watching the CBS Sunday morning program and saw your piece they did with you. We really enjoyed the shots of your ranch. Our question is, how much time do you spend up there? Also do you spend the winters there? We’re interested in the Teton area because of the beauty and wildlife and we are concerned about the winters. Also what part of Montana is the Bitter Root Valley in?
Tim Teller
Answer:
The Bitterroot Valley is in western Montana just south of Missoula. I’m there most of the time … it’s my permanent residence … more cheese, less rats!

April 27, 2015
Question:
Wondering what your thoughts are on Buddy Holly ~ his music ~ and his influence on you and the News.
Paula Thomas
Answer:
Not all that much really, although Sammy Davis Jr. once said on the Johnny Carson show that he dug our sound, and that it reminded him of an updated Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

April 20, 2015
Question:
Just watched the “Sunday Morning” program where you said that Bob Dylan had given you a song to record. Is there a possibility that you may still record that song or even an opportunity for you to record it with Bob?
Jennifer Miller, Waterdown, Ontario
Answer:
I think that ship has sailed, although I’d love to do it with him.

April 13, 2015
Question:
Hi, I been a fan of yours for years..I can never get tired your music. Its refreshing to ones soul. When I was a teenager I had bought this book all about Huey Lewis and the News which I kept with me all the time. My question is, I recall you had two children and I was curious are they in the music business like yourself?
Rosa Thompson
Answer:
Neither of my kids is in the music business, but they both have excellent musical taste, and enjoy music. My son is a good guitar player and my daughter has a great ear, and can sing, but neither of them are pursuing it professionally.

April 6, 2015
Question:
Big fan of the band and yet after spending some time on the Web, I’ve yet to find out how you came up with the name “Sports” for the third album.  First album “duh.” And the others are somewhat obvious – though I’d also be interested in how you came up with “Picture This” as well.
Dan de Carbonel, Corvallis, Oregon
Answer:
I used to say “because we couldn’t spell weather,” but I really don’t know how I thought of it … maybe because (as I used to say), that like athletes, we hang out in coliseums and take a lot of showers together.

March 30, 2015
Question:
I was wondering when you were going to come mow my lawn? You promised during your show and my husband was relieved to hear that he was going to get a break!
p.s. Great show and thank all the News for a superiffic performance as well! (will they be assisting you with the lawn as well?)
Cindy in Michigan
Answer:
I’m working on it … needless to say, I’ve got a lot of lawns to do, and the News refuse to help!

March 23, 2015
Question:
I heard “Once Upon a Time in New York City” (from Oliver & Co. soundtrack) recently on the radio…great tune! Quick question: who was handling the saxophone work on that one? Very classy! Thanks, & keep on making great music!
Jim Robinson
Answer:
I don’t know … the track was already cut before I sang it … all LA session musicians.

March 16, 2015
Question:
Hey Huey, do you still keep in touch with Chris Hayes? I know he was a great asset to the band with his guitar playing and songwriting. I really miss seeing him up there with you guys.
Anonymous
Answer:
I do, and in fact, will be hosting him at my place next week for a three day golf and songwriting session. He lives in Oregon and is doing great.

March 9, 2015
Question:
I was a big fan of your Hard at Play album and tour back in 1991/1992. I’ve seen clips of this tour posted to your facebook page – but is there any chance of an entire live concert from this tour being released for sale or download? Or even your Fore tour?
Rob Redwinski
Answer:
No plans for a live DVD at this point, and I’m not even sure we filmed those tours, although there’s probably some footage around somewhere. We are however working on new material, and have several things we’re excited about.

March 2, 2015
Question:
I like to drive long distances and my favorite albums to play and sing along to on long drives are “Fore” & “Sports”.  I really love the song “Simple as That”.  How does a young guy write such an insightful song and what was your inspiration?
Ed Baumann – Clementon, NJ
Answer:
“Simple” was written by Stephen “Doc” Kupka from Tower of Power … you’d have to ask him.

February 23, 2015
Question:
Saw you last year at Wabash. Great show! Hope to catch a concert this year for the SPORTS 30th tour. My question is what are some of your favorite things to do in-between gigs on the road besides golf?
Connie
Answer:
Golf is probably our favorite thing to do on the road, but we also hit the fitness center (but, that’s not a favorite) … OK, maybe eat?

February 16, 2015
Question:
Who was the coolest celebrity you ever met?
Michelle Meyer – Middletown, NJ
Answer:
Hard to say … Bill Murray’s pretty cool, Jimmy Kimmel is probably the nicest and most real.

February 9, 2015
Question:
Whatever happened to the hottie who played the lust interest in the Heart and Soul video? Boy, did I have a crush on her back in the day.
Jason Kane
Answer:
Her name is Signy Coleman, and she is a very successful actress … you can Google her.

February 2, 2015
Question:
Huey,  I saw the News in 1984 at the Main Train Station Waiting Room in Cologne, West Germany.  I was 2nd body deep in front of the stage (no chairs).  Still ranks as my best concert!
What has been the smallest venue the News has played?
Gary Daugherty – Lafayette, IN
Answer:
Probably the Marble Bar in Baltimore … tiny.

January 26, 2015
Question:
Who is the best golfer of the bunch?
Ann – Rancho Cucamonga
Answer:
I am. But, don’t ask Bill!

January 19, 2015
Question:
I see you guys every time you play at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom ~ but never hear you play Hip to be Square. I hear other audience members screaming for it.. what gives?
Paula – Burlington, VT
Answer:
Next time we play Hampton Beach, we’re doing Hip to be Square …  I promise …remind me.

January 12, 2015
Question:
My name is Connor Wilson and I am ten years old. I have a few questions. My brother Ryan and I have enjoyed your music traveling to our soccer games and I am attending your concert in New Jersey tomorrow. What inspired you as a kid or what music did you listen to? I play guitar, trumpet and saxophone. I listen to the blues, jazz, rockabilly, motown and rock.
Connor Wilson
Answer:
I always loved the early blues singers … still do.

January 5, 2015
Question:
I’m a fan of yours and I loved your performance in the movie “Duets.” I loved all of all of the songs especially “Cruisin” with you and Gwyneth Paltro at the end. Would you ever invite her to sing with you on an upcoming album (that will give you a hint at my age LOL). And is she a naturally gifted singer as she appears to be? You both made that song sound so easy to sing and its not!!!
Paul Yakubov – Aurora, OH
Answer:
Thanks. Gwenyth is extremely talented, and sings beautifully … when you see her, please invite her to sing on our new record.

December 29, 2014
Question:
I have always been curious why Bill Gibson does not appear in the music video for “Bad is Bad.”  Does it have anything to do with the fact that song features a drum machine, or is it just coincidence your drummer is not in that video?  Best of luck on the upcoming tour.  The first rock concert I ever attended was seeing you guys back in ’86 in Portland, Oregon, when I was 14.  I’m thrilled to be seeing you again in the same city this summer.
Nathan Holden
Answer:
The truth is, Bill was sick, but we always felt like it was the machine that caused his illness.

December 22, 2014
Question:
Hey, Huey. Huge, longtime fan here. Sports was the very first album I bought for myself – I was 12 years old and my mom let me pick out an album at K-Mart as a reward for straight As. I went to the concert in 1984 – my first – and I was hooked. I’ve seen you countless times since and always enjoy the show. Two questions: 1) Any chance you’ll be doing the anniversary Sports tour with the original HLN lineup, including Chris Hayes and Mario Cipollina? 2) Did you ever think, when you guys were playing Marin County clubs back in the day, that someday you’d be doing a 30th anniversary tour for one of the best albums of the 80s?
Tiffany Hauck, Denver, CO
Answer:
We already did a 30th Anniversary Tour … Chris sat in with us in Oregon, and it was tremendously fun. And, no, never thought about 30 years in the future … in fact, I never thought about 30 days in the future.

December 15, 2014
Question:
I visited a long time friend yesterday from Marion, Ohio in Ft Myers. He mentioned that you or your parents lived in Marion, Ohio on Cherry Street. Any truth to that?
Craig Hazelett, Bradenton, FL
Answer:
Yes I lived in Marion, Ohio, but I think I lived on Gerard Street.

December 8, 2014
Question:
Been a fan since day 1 with you guys. 4 Chords is one of my favorite albums. Have you ever thought of doing a version of “16 tons”, made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford?
Anonymous
Answer:
To whomever suggested a cover of “16 Tons” … good idea … we were singing it somewhere the other day.

December 1, 2014
Question:
I just saw Ray Benson with Asleep At The Wheel and I remember you did some work with them back in 1993 on the Tribute to Bob Wills CD. Do you still enjoy western “swing” music and is it something you may do more of in the future? Thanks.
David Tod – Kent, OH
Answer:
I love western swing music, and I love Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel!

November 24, 2014
Question:
I just had a question about the location of where you filmed the Heart and Soul video. The end sequence looks like you’re walking down a street in Potrero Hill, is that correct? Silly question, I know, but I live in Potrero Hill and would love to find out.
Misha
Answer:
Exactly … we used Potrero Hill in at least three, and maybe more of our videos … it looks very “San Francisco”, and Lol lives right nearby.

November 17, 2014
Question:
As a bay area kid, I always knew when the Giants or 49ers were in the playoffs, you guys would be singing the hell out of the national anthem. It stinks now the TV networks use the anthem to promote their reality show contestants or judges. How much fun was it to be there on the side lines at all those big games at Candlestick? Are you going to perform an anthem at Levis Stadium?
Martin Feigen – Atlanta, GA
Answer:
The  TV entertainment (and indeed the entire show) for the World Series, and the Super Bowl is determined by the networks, but the earlier play offs are usually handled by the teams … and, yes, the sidelines at Candlestick Park in the 80’s was a great place to be!

November 10, 2014
Question:
I recently had the pleasure of attending your concert at B.R. Cohn Winery and was lucky enough to sit in the VIP on-stage section for my birthday.  I’ve seen you over the years many times but have never sat anywhere except for the general admission area…  Now after having seen a little of what goes on backstage I’d like to know what is the most crazy or embarrassing thing that’s happened to you just as you were about to go on stage?
Amy DuMond, Sacramento, CA
Answer:
I once went onstage with reading glasses on, but I suppose that’s not too crazy …

November 3, 2014
Question:
So I’ve read on Wikipedia your mother was a refugee from Poland. From what was she and/or her family refugeeing? Can you also speak some Polish?
Samuel C. Bender, Vancouver, Washington, USA
Answer:
My mother was sent out of Poland with relatives in 1939, as it was apparent the Nazis were invading …and, no, I cannot speak any Polish.

October 27, 2014
Question:
I have a question about the version of Power of Love played by the Pinheads in Back to the Future. Were the News the actual musicians and is there a full version?
Morgan Grumbach, Portland, ME
Answer:
Yes, sort of … they took a ruff demo of POL that we had recorded and recorded all kinds of guitar and stuff over it.

October 20, 2014
Question:
I’m maybe your greatest Mexican fan, and I want to tell you that you’re my favorite band ever. Your music has been part of my life’s soundtrack, beginning with “If This Is It,” which was the song that made me fall in love with you guys! My two questions are:
1) Have you ever been in Mexico? Which part?
2) Have you ever considered to play in Mexico? You’ll be surprised of the thousands of fans you have in here.
Jorge Avila Andrade
Answer:
I played Mexico City at the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe, a long time ago with a pick up band led by my drummer/pal Tony Braunagel, but I think that’s the only time … We’d love to play there … tell your local promoter!

October 13, 2014
Question:
Recently, I started listening to the song “We Are the World” and completely forgot you participated in that event. Can you describe what it was like to not only sing with all those talented musicians but also how it felt to be a part of such a powerful charity event?
Thomas Drusen
Answer:
Needless to say it was an incredible evening … many stories … one doesn’t usually get to meet all those people in a lifetime, let alone one evening.

October 6, 2014
Question:
My wife is one of your biggest fans, so much so, that for the past 5 years I’ve had to take her to every one of your concerts at both MGM Foxwoods and at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Now you and I are both about the same age, but at every concert you seem to be able to get every woman in the house, no matter what their age, up and dancing in the aisles!!! How about sharing your secret with another “mature” gentleman???
Al
Answer:
It’s my golden pure voice!

September 29, 2014
Question:
We found the “Four Chords” concert VHS to be electrifying and hope it gets DVD release sometime. Do you recall recording any tracks from those sessions that didn’t make it to the CD? Back in the mid-80s you performed in Duluth, MN, and people still talk about it today!
Shawn & Darlene, Minnesota
Answer:
Thanks for your kind words … we cut 3 or 4 things that we didn’t use … an Otis Redding tune, “Just another Saturday Night” by Eddie Floyd, and “Thank You” by Sam and Dave.

September 22, 2014
Question:
I saw Oliver Horovitz on TV who said he has been your caddy at St. Andrews. My question is does the right caddy who really knows the course and is familiar with your game make a big difference in your game. Do you usually listen to their advice?
– Debbie Alexander
Answer:
Generally, the better the player, the less importance on the caddie, but caddies can offer the right advice at the right time, which can be very important … timing is everything.

September 15, 2014
Question:
Do you ever follow the careers of bands or artist who have been your support acts over the years and do you keep in touch with any of them?
Col Yates, England
Answer:
Sure. I still talk to Bruce Hornsby occasionally, see the Neville Bros now and then.

September 8, 2014
Question:
I would like to know if you are an “outdoorsman”? Do you enjoy hunting and fishing? What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Wendy Hotaling, Northville, NY
Answer:
I love the outdoors … I’m an avid fly fisherman, probably my favorite thing to do, but I also ride horses, and love to call waterfowl.

September 1, 2014
Question:
Back in 2008 you recorded a duet of Workin’ for a Livin’ with country singer Garth Brooks. Would you ever be interested in recording more with him or any other country singer and also I know you don’t really care too much for country music but is there a few you can think of that you like?
Josh Harris, Selah, WA
Answer:
Absolutely … I had a ball with Garth, and would be happy to do something with him … I love country music … love Merle Haggard, George Jones, and some of the newer guys like Alan Jackson, and Kenny Chesney.

August 25, 2014
Question:
Hey Huey, I love your records. My dad used to play it all day when I was a kid. My question is: Do you like to listen to The Beach Boys? Cause a lot of your songs have harmonies especially in “Stuck with You” and the guitar sounds like “Surf Rock” in some of your songs.
Javier Torres
Answer:
Busted. Yeah, we love the Beach Boys, and Johnny (who does a lot of our vocal arranging) was very influenced by them).

August 18, 2014
Question:
We’ve been fans from the beginning and can’t seem to get enough of not only your music but also the tight bond of friendship that is unmistakable and shines through in all of your songs and performances. One thing that we’ve longed for all of this time, which we always look forward to when you perform live is the a cappella segment of your show. Have you any plans to release an all a cappella album? There’s certainly a market for it and I’m sure not only your long-time fans but quite a few new ones would go bonkers for such a set. Thank you for everything you’ve given us over the years, the cake already has icing. This would be the cherry on top.
Larry and Karen Baumann, San Jose, CA
Answer:
We’ve certainly thought about it for a long time, and may one day do it … right now we’re working on a couple new tunes for the band, but thanks for the encouragement.

August 11, 2014
Question:
Of all the movies and TV shows you’ve acted in, which was your favorite experience and why?
Renee Marinello, Jefferson Township, NJ
Answer:
Probably the musical Chicago on Broadway because it was so challenging and immediate, but of the films, I’d say “Duets.”

August 4, 2014
Question:
I love your music and bought your album “Picture This” solely based on the album cover. I have been a huge Huey fan every since, and have seen you perform 7 times. My question to you is what is your favorite song you like to perform and why? I’ve raised my two young ladies on your music they too love your stuff.
Jeff Peters, Baltimore, MD
Answer:
I don’t have a favorite … I don’t allow myself to have one as it would be dangerous! I do always like the new stuff, however  … so, generally my favorite is the newest one I guess.

July 28, 2014
Question:
I just caught your show at a corporate party. It was the fourth time I’ve seen HLN and you are still as good as you were in the 80’s. I really enjoyed the show (especially since I was standing at the front of the stage) but I have to say you didn’t sing a couple of my favorites like  Bad is Bad, Stagger Lee, Mother in law, and You Left the Water Running.  So my question is how do you decide what great songs to include for each show?
Julie Wagner, Springfield, MO
Answer:
I just make it up nightly … mind you, I’ve been doing it for a while, so I have certain patterns, but it really is just whim … I love all the tunes you mentioned, but at corporate parties especially, many people are seeing us for the first time, and want to hear the hits.

July 21, 2014
Question:
The 1st album my parents ever let me purchase was ‘Sports’ on cassette when I was 7 and have been a huge fan ever since. My question is, at the 3 concerts I’ve attended of yours (and on greatest hits albums etc.) Why is Hard at Play overlooked. I love so many songs on that album! Thanks for all the great music…please keep it coming!
Peter Martens, Lake Villa, IL
Answer:
I really wasn’t aware that Hard at Play was overlooked … we play “He Don’t Know” and “Build me Up” a lot, and have played “Time Ain’t Money”, and “Couple Days Off” occasionally … maybe it’s a case of “so many hits, so little time”!

July 14, 2014
Question:
I just came back from a Sci Fi convention in Texas where I got to meet several cast members of Back to the Future (Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, James Tolken and Claudia Wells). I got to thinking, “Where is Huey Lewis now and what is he up to?” So I guess my question to you is, do you have anything in the works for new material? For that matter, did you form any sort of continuing relationship with the actors of Back to the Future.
-Thomas Drusen, Oklahoma
Answer:
We’re working on something new right now … hopefully to be released in January. A lot of the BTTF crowd got together a few years ago in New York where we all did the TODAY show and a few others… had dinner with Michael, Christopher, Mary Steenburger, Bob Zemekis, and Bob Gale. I suspect there will be another event sometime in the future (pardon the pun) which will get us all together again.

July 7, 2014
Question:
First saw you in 1979 in small theatre in Oakland on New Years Eve. You opened for Pablo Cruise. Knew then you guys were going to be huge. Will you ever release the HBO show from the Kabuki  Theatre on Dvd?  The bootleg versions don’t do it justice! Or the show from Oakland where the S.F. 49ers came out to sing Hip To Be Square? Would love to have those shows on DVD.
Rick (from northern california)
Answer:
I don’t know. I don’t even know who owns those performances, but you have a good idea there…

June 30, 2014
Question:
Did Elvis Presley have any influence or impact on your music or your performances and if he did not, who primarily did?
Sam Hulse
Answer:
Not really. I was a black music snob when I was a kid … Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and all the blues guys like James Cotton, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

June 23, 2014
Question:
Are you a fan of the hugely successful British pop band Take That or Robbie Williams as a solo artist? Who are some of your favourite British pop bands from years gone by?
Duncan, UK
Answer:
Yes, I do like Take That, and Robbie’s work … Love the old guys like Joe Cocker, Van Morrison. They still sound great.

June 15, 2014
Question:
I know you’re a big golf fan. I often see you at the Pebble Beach Pro Am. Being from San Diego, what is you favorite course to play here?
Declan
Answer:
I really don’t have a favorite, although Torrey Pines is pretty good … there’s no such thing as a bad golf course, some are just better than others.

June 8, 2014
Question:
I have been a big fan of yours since I was a teenager. I only had the pleasure to see a concert once due to a 20 year career in the Navy, mostly overseas.  My question is how much of yourself do you bring to your character in the show?  Great character and great chemistry with the cast.
Jeff (Currently contracting in Kuwait)
Answer:
Great question. The answer is, I don’t really know … obviously it’s mostly me, but I certainly say and do some things while onstage, or on TV, that I wouldn’t in other circumstances, and I sometimes adopt certain characteristics to communicate a song, but ultimately, I suppose it’s me.

June 1, 2014
Question:
Bad is Bad…was that written by Phil Lynott? As I have a copy of him singing as a fast version possibly 1978 and think you may have played on it too?
Stuart from Glasgow
Answer:
Bad is Bad was written by yours truly … Phillip always liked the song, and I vaguely remember him singing it … would love to have a copy of your version.

May 25, 2014
Question:
Hi Huey, I’ve been a huge fan since around 1986, and have enjoyed 5 of your shows in the western PA venues!  I’m also a big baseball fan (Pirates) and know you are a Giants fan. Was music always the direction you planned to go in life or did you ever have the dream to pursue baseball? And who inspired you in either or both?
Dawn Dibert, Altoona PA
Answer:
I dreamed of being a Big League ballplayer… and then I turned 12. Inspired by Willie Mays and Ray Charles to name two.

May 18, 2014
Question:
How did the song ” Cruisin’ ” with Gwyneth Paltrow come about?
Barbara Maucelli – Long Island, NY
Answer:
Gwenyth chose the song…

May 11, 2014
Question:
Hi Huey. Have you ever considered doing an autobiography? You have done almost everything else and a lot of artists are doing them.
Eric Senise
Answer:
I must admit, I’ve had some offers, but I only think it would work if I wrote it myself, and I’m still not inclined to do it.

May 4, 2014
Question:
The SFGate had an article regarding Jim Harbaugh’s comment that social media is an unnecessary “time drain”, however the players said its a fun way to connect with fans. I am curious to know if you and the other band members read questions and comments on your social media sites, and answer them yourselves… or do you hire a public relations person to handle that sort of thing?
Donna Ellison – Fairfield, CA
Answer:
Both.

April 27, 2014
Question:
I wonder why a touring band like yours skips Europe over the last years. My first indoor concert ever was your small world tour in Brussels. I remember that gig like yesterday. For me it was the start of my long concert visitor list. I’ve seen two more Huey shows since then. I wonder if Europe is in the plans for 2013?
Marc
Answer:
It’s simply money … we can’t make as much in Europe, and it costs us more to get over there, and we have 25 mouths to feed  … we’ve had some of our best shows, and most memorable times over there … the good news is that we are really going to try to tour a little over there in 2015 … maybe in early summer festival season … we’ll see.

April 20, 2014
Question:
I saw you in the film Duets and of course Back to the Future, but I wondered if you had been in any other films? And if acting was something you had thought about doing more of.
Jon – Sheffield, England
Answer:
Well, I really enjoy acting when it’s creative … fortunately, it’s a lark for me …  I don’t have to make my living as an actor, and can therefore be picky about what I do … which means I don’t do very much, because the stuff I’d like to do (creative) always goes to veteran actors. But, when it’s challenging and creative, I’m happy to do it.

April 13, 2014
Question:
Hi Huey. I  love your original music but think the Soulsville album is outstanding! Any plans to release another album with the same soul vibe? Also, I love the bluesier version of Bad Is Bad!
Tina – Grain Valley, MO
Answer:
Thanks for the props … Soulsville was probably the easiest, and in some ways most fun record we’ve ever done … we’re working on original material right now, but who knows what the future holds … hey, we’re young!

April 7, 2014
Question:
Would you ever consider being a judge on The Voice or American Idol? It was great to see Nicholas on The Voice perform “The Power of Love” but nothing can beat the original! I think you would be awesome as a judge/coach.
Jean Edmonds, Overland Park, KS
Answer:
I can’t claim I’ve aspired to be on a TV Talent show, but I am in show business, and therefore will do almost anything for attention or money.

March 23, 2014
Question:
I have been a fan of yours since I was a little girl. Before my 5th birthday, I had heard the song “Doing it all for my Baby”. I apparently told my parents after listening to it that I like the song and then said “he is singing about his little girl!” That CD was my first ever CD and for the last 23 years, I have had that song played on my birthday morning! I love it! My question is, what was the inspiration for that song and how did it come about?
Emily McKenna – Phoenix, AZ
Answer:
That song was written by our friend Mike Duke… we originally recorded it with Mike singing in order to try to get a record deal for him… when we couldn’t get anywhere, we simply replaced his voice with mine and that became the record.

March 16, 2014
Question:
I am a long time fan who lives in Wright, Louisiana. My very first rock concert was on the Four Tour in Lafayette, LA and the ticket price was $16.99. My question is seeing how Sports is turning 30 this year do you see getting the original band together for a one time show? Is that even a possibility?  Also will there ever be a remaster of Four!?
Troy J. Maturin
Answer:
There haven’t been any plans to get the original 6 HLNs together that I know of, but we are all still alive (rather remarkably, I suppose), so who knows. “Fore” turns 30 in 2015, and we’re thinking about that a little, although we are working on new stuff at the moment.

March 9, 2014
Question:
I have been a fan for years and always enjoyed the part in the show when you throw your harmonica in the air and someone catches it with a baseball mitt.  Has that person ever dropped the “Fly Ball” if you will?
Terry Bauer
Answer:
Yes they have dropped the ball, and sometimes it’s been an error on the throw, to be honest.

March 2, 2014
Question:
During the early years, you used to often come out during a set and let loose on a long solo on the harmonica, and it was a thrill to see you rip it up, and then have the band kick it up! Seeing your musicianship on the instrument over the years, I’d like to ask: who were your ‘Harmonica’ influences as to the style/playing of the instrument…Toots Thielemans, The original “Harmonicats” players in great early B&W films, or others.
Bob Belliveau, Naples, FL
Answer:
My two biggest harmonica influences were Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson…

February 23, 2014
Question:
Hi Huey!
My name is Dan and in addition to being a huge fan of you and the News, I am also a mathematics teacher at a small high school in Wisconsin, where I teach advanced algebra, pre-calculus, and calculus. I once read that you achieved a perfect score in the math portion of the S.A.T. exam. Do you use any of your higher level math skills in the music industry? And is there any advice you would give to a college bound high school student? Thank you for your time, and keep rockin’!
Dan Hively
Answer:
While its true that I got 800’s on both my math boards (level 1 and level 2), I never use any of my math skills in the music industry, and my advice to any student is; quit school and start playing harmonica… Just kidding.

February 16, 2014
Question:
You guys covered “Feeling Alright” and knocked it out of the park. I think you could do the same or more with “Into The Mystic.”  What are your thoughts on this?
Scott Moreland
Answer:
Thanks. Great song, and not a bad idea… thanks.

February 9, 2014
Question:
What are your thoughts on the recording process used today. Do you prefer vintage analog recording or a mixture of both digital and analog? Also, have you ever considered doing an album(cd) of jazz standards? (Cole Porter,Nat King Cole, Sinatra etc.) I think that would be very intriguing!
Dave N. – Altoona, Pa
Answer:
Although I like a live ambient sound, I’m not an analog snob. I prefer performances to be “captured” rather than created (piece by piece), and therefore am not a fan of heavily pro-tooled (what isn’t these days) “perfect” tracks, but there are no absolutes here, and no right or wrong … It’s all taste, and we could have a rather long discussion about where the “art” is in music these days. I, too, love jazz standards … seems like most of them have been done as well as they’re going to be done, so I have a creative problem with the idea of a jazz standard album as such … reeks too much of commercialism to me, although, I must admit it would be fun.

February 2, 2014
Question:
Hi Huey – Thank you for the sweet gems that make me as giddy as a teenager. Funny enough, even at 37, I still bust out in song and dance whenever your tune surprises me! I became a fan back in the early 80’s as I grew up in a small town outside of Chicago. 1985 was the year that blew my mind! I was 10 and not only did Back to the Future make its mark on the big screen, but “Power of Love” became my jam. Can you share some of the inspiration behind this tune that you think caused it to be such a great hit? Also, I was a big fan of the entire Sports album. “If This is It” was the track that got replayed in the tape deck for what I think you were trying to convey and that was for women to not be a tease.  Even at a young age, it encouraged me to speak my mind and ask for what I wanted.  Is this along the lines of what you were trying to convey?
Lisa Brin, Los Angeles, CA
Answer:
I wish I knew where the inspiration came from, cause I’d go there a lot more often… but, I love that we make you giddy…

January 26, 2014
Question:
I used to work at the Co-Op Health Food store in Corte Madera. The Basic Food Shop. A guy who used to deliver, I believe, Mystic Lake Yogurt, among other things, told me that he was leaving the delivery job and that his band was taking off. I believe he told me that his band’s name was: Huey Lewis and the News. The reason I remember this is because your band’s name wasn’t what I expected. In any case, I have always been curious about this question.  Most people knew me and my partner Kevin at the store. By answering this question you can finally put this to rest for me.
Terry Brownlow
Answer:
That’s me… I was actually delivering Nancy’s Yogurt for Natural Foods Express which was a Natural Foods distribution company founded by my partner Gilbert Rosborne and myself to distribute Nancy’s from the Springfield Creamery in Oregon to the Bay Area health food stores. I’m proud to say we introduced Nancy’s to the Bay Area.

January 19, 2014
Question:
Hi there! I was wondering if you can tell me whether a promo music video was ever produced for the the song “I Know What I Like.”
Richard Sackley – Palm Springs, CA
Answer:
There never was a promo video of that song … maybe a live version somewhere, but I can’t even recall that. Thanks for remembering the song … we haven’t played it for a while … might have to throw it back in the show.

January 12, 2014
Question:
You have always been regarded as a unique a cappella sound, you know that. “It’s all right” is an under rated classic that to my amazement not that many people know. It would be great ( I think ) to take some songs not known for being a cappella and make them so. Kind of like acoustic versions played on “coffee house” on xm. Just an idea.
Stephen
Answer:
I don’t want to burst your bubble, but you’re not the first to suggest that. Thanks, anyway!

Sunday, January 5, 2014
Question:
I would like the learn to play the harmonica how long did you play for before you were the master you are today & what key is workin’ for a livin’ in?
Josh Harris Selah, WA
Answer:
Workin’ for a Livin’ is in the key of A, and I play a diatonic (blues) harp in the key of D … I’ve only been playing for 48 or 49 years.

December 22, 2013
Question:
Why can’t I find a video of YOU GUYS a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e singing “Naturally”???  There are a number videos and of groups that sing it, but none of them are YOU GUYS… I caught you in (near) Yuma, Arizona in 2010 and loved your acapella tunes, but was a bit bummed that you didn’t perform Naturally. I had been practicing it for a few months and was looking forward to “singing with HLATN LIVE from my position in the audience of course!
Answer:
OK, got it… we did it in Britain a few years ago… we’ll work it back up… promise.

December 15, 2013
Question:
My Man Cave is Huey Lewis and The News-themed and in 2013 I will attend my 50th HLN show! My question is… will there be a ‘Sports at 30’ DVD? I would LOVE another LIVE video set. It’s been awhile since ‘Live at 25.’
Joe Langdon
Answer:
Good idea, but no plans to… I like the idea though… might be time for a little live stuff.

December 8, 2013
Question:
I just saw you in New Orleans and it was a fantastic show! I see you whenever I can when you are in the area.  I noticed that your voice still sounds really good after all these years. Do you think your voice has changed and has it become harder for you to reach any of those high notes?
Christine Soczek
Answer:
Thanks. I think my voice has gotten a little stronger also, but that’s because we’ve worked so much … I probably have lost a little on the high end (notes up there are a little tougher than they were), but I’m smarter, and I think choose my notes better … that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

December 1, 2013
Question:
I’ve always really liked your music style. It’s very unique sounding and pleasant to listen to. You’ve always been classified as rock, but you really don’t sound like any other rock group from the 80’s. Some of the music did sound like rock, there was a little pop, and quite a bit sounded like Jazz. Particularly your “Four Chords and Several Years Ago” album had a lot of jazz if I remember correctly. So, specifically, what would you classify your genre as? Beyond simply “Rock.”
Tristan Perry – Frankfort, Kentucky
Answer:
Very observant… fortunately, I don’t have to “classify” my music. That’s someone else’s job, and frankly I enjoy the fact that it’s hard to classify… Duke Ellington famously said; “there’s only two kinds of music, good and bad.”

November 25, 2013
Question:
Hey Huey, have you ever written a lyric that you thought you’d never top, and then top it?  And what were the lines? You even have great one liners in your interviews.
-Donny Abrams, Columbus, Ohio
Answer:
Modesty prevents me from answering your question truthfully…

November 17, 2013
Question:
I saw you and the News in Düsseldorf and at Rock am Ring 19… long time ago 🙂 Amazing Shows. I hope, you will come to Germany again. That’s great, to have the chance, to ask you direktly. Please, I‘am sorry about my bad english, so, please have a little smile für it. My Band and me (www.cold-sweat.de) are going to play your song “The Heart of rock and roll“. I try to play the Harp Solo. We play the song in C. What kind of Bluesharp (Hohner?) did you play for this solo, and in which Key is the Harp? Thanks für your answer. I hope to see you in Germany again.
Christian Wissing
Answer:
I play a Dannecker Optimus diatonic blues harp (he makes them special for me, and they’re the best), in the key of F … the song is in C … that’s called “2nd position” harp.

November 10, 2013
Question:
I am a big fan of music and like the Rhythm and Beat to music, but like the words that flow with the music. What inspires you to write music? Are you still inspired after all these years? If so, when will there be some new music? I really enjoy and have enjoyed your music since the early 80’s.
Pete Lust
Answer:
We’ve just written, and are performing a brand new song called “While We’re Young” … should have another one within the decade.

November 3, 2013
Question:
I am 27 and I am a huge fan of you guys. You are a main influence on me playing the harmonica. My first concert was when 4 Chords and Several Years Ago came out and you played the Concord Pavillion. I have seen you whenever you have played the bay area. My question is: Have you and the band ever thought about putting a blues album out? You are great at the harmonica and you have a great band.
Michael Ingram – Fairfield, CA
Answer:
Well, you’re not the first to suggest such an album, and we/I might do it one day… sure would be fun. We’re headed to some contemporary ground right now with our latest new song, but who knows what the future brings.

October 27, 2013
Question:
Slammin’ is one of my all time favorite songs!  I have two sons who play in High School Jazz Band and I would love to hear them play this song one day. However, I have been unable to find a Jazz Sheet Music copy.  Is there one such available?  Might you know where I could purchase? Now, for the real question… How did you learn to play the harmonica so darn well? Did you get lessons from somebody or are you “self taught”?
Tom Greenwood
Answer:
I’m sure there’s a horn chart for “Slammin'”, and Johnny would know, but don’t know if there’s a lead sheet for the tune or not … It was on the Fore album, and I remember a music book of that record, but don’t know where one might be … as for the harmonica, I’m mostly self-taught, but there’ve been a number of guys who influenced me.

October 20, 2013
Question:
We love your music but we also loved seeing you in Duets with Gwyneth Paltrow. Any chance of you doing any more movies?
Diane Kiewel
Answer:
Thanks for your kind words… tell Marty Scorcese to call me.

October 13, 2013
Question:
My two favorite YouTube videos are you performing with the San Francisco 49ers football team doing “I know What I like” and “Hip to be Square” live in 1987. I know the team won the Super Bowl in January, 1988. How many times did you perform with team members of the championship 49ers? Must have been a great experience. Also, do you ever perform “I Know What I Like” (my favorite) in concert anymore?
Thanks!
Rocky Salperto – Orange, CT
Answer:
We probably did that with the 49ers a few times… we also had the whole crew do it with us on tour for a year or so, and they would drag all kinds of guests on stage for “Hip”… and yes, we do “I know what I like” occasionally… remind us when we’re in your neck of the woods, and we’ll do it for you.

October 6, 2013
Question:
Hello Huey and the News! I have a relatively straightforward question for you guys. Have you ever (or would you ever) considered doing a Christmas album!? I was talking with some people at work the other day, and we ran across the idea of a Huey Lewis and the News Christmas album and got SO excited about it, that I had to ask you guys SOMEhow! We found “Winter Wonderland” from the 2009 compilation CD you did, and it’s GREAT but I can’t help but wonder if you’ll ever do a Christmas album!? I love you guys!
Sara Moe
Answer:
We have definitely thought about a Xmas album… might even do one, one day.

September 29, 2013
Question:
I’m 15 and from the United Kingdom. I’m a HUGE HLN fan. I love how you guys always looked like you were having a lot of fun with your music videos and I never get tired of watching them. Another thing I like is how your songs seem very personal, like you believe what you’re singing, and the listener can relate to them. So my questions are: Did you guys like making videos and when you guys write songs, are they from personal experiences?
Clare Hopps – United Kingdom
Answer:
You’re right on both counts … we had a lot of fun and laughed a lot making the videos, and most of the songs were inspired by personal stuff, and then embellished.

September 22, 2013
Question:
I’m 21 and I grew up with your music, which is for me an eternal source of inspiration and hope. Your songs remind me of a time I really wish I had known, but it’s unfortunately not the case. I’m from France and I pretty much have the same vision of America than all the Europeans, that is to say the land of freedom etc. If you don’t mind me asking, what is your vision of America nowadays and do you think it changed since you started singing?
Alexandra Zaika
Answer:
Well, that’s a big question, but I have definitely given it some thought being that I’ve been abroad so much, and I have a few favorite sayings:”America is the best and the worst of everything at once,” and “What’s  good and bad about America, is that people will do anything for a buck (money), and what’s good and bad about Europe is that people WON’T do anything for a buck” … and the two things are just different.

September 15, 2013
Question:
I live in the uk, im 45yrs old  and have been a fan since way back and have been watching you play the harmonica on a few uk shows. I can’t play the harmonica, but listening to you got me thinking, and I’m going to give it a go, the song “Whole Lotta Lovin” where you play the harmonica, which one is it and what key is it in? I’d love to be able to play that. Or am I dreaming as I don’t have any song sheets?
Phil Cox, United Kingdom
Answer:
Good for you. “Whole Lotta Lovin'” is in the key of E, which means I use an A harmonica (I play a Dannecker harmonica made right there in the UK) … good luck.

September 8, 2013
I know you’re a pretty good golfer and I imagine you get to play some when you’re on the road. How would you describe your overall golf game and if you had a choice, would you rather have been a pro golfer or a singer in a rock band?
Tom Hauryski – Campbell, New York
Answer:
I’m a 7.1 index… that’s probably just a little better than average… I try to remember to enjoy myself. I’d rather be a film actor, but I prefer singing to playing golf!

September 1, 2013
Question:
In the video for “Heart and Soul” and “If This Is It,” a pretty blonde plays your love interest. They look similar.  Did one actress play both parts, and if so, who was she ???  I’m just dying to know, and you were wonderful in “Hot in Cleveland.”  I hope you will be returning for more episodes.
Sheryl Chalkley
Answer:
The gal in “Heart and Soul” is Signey Coleman and she’s also in “New Drug” … the gal in “If This Is It” was only in that one, and her name is Janet Cross. Hot in Cleveland was a lot of fun.* editor’s note: see home page for interviews with the stars of “I Want a New Drug,” “Heart and Soul” and “If This Is It”!

August 25, 2013
Question:
I was wondering if an a capella version of Stuck With You exists… I am a fan of the song and would love to locate such a copy if it does.
Edward Miller
Answer:
No, we’ve never done an accapela version of “Stuck with You.”

August 18, 2013
Question:
My name is John and I currently live in Orlando, FL but I grew up in Sunnyvale, CA and have been a fan for 31 years now (YIKES!)  Back in the mid 80’s you guys played a few songs at the Bay Area Music Awards. One of the songs was “You’re Still a Young Man,” originally by Tower of Power. The show was broadcast live in the Bay Area and I was lucky enough to record your set on tape. Sadly that tape has worn out beyond all recognition.  Any chance you may have a copy of the performance and can post it on your site or on youtube? I’m sure everyone would love to hear this rare gem! Thanks for DECADES of entertainment. Keep on Rockin’!
Answer:
I’m afraid I don’t have a tape of that, nor do I know where one is… sorry.

August 11, 2013
Question:
I am a huge fan and have seen more than a dozen shows dating back to the mid 80’s, all of which were great and you appear to never be faking your enjoyment for entertaining. Do you have a favorite city or venue that you particulary enjoy, be it for the food, golf or the fans?
Chris Fraker – Nashville, TN
Answer:
Not really … always like New York City, and our hometown San Francisco, but the venue is always important as well.

August 4, 2013
Question:
Hi Mr. Lewis. I hope you will enjoy answering this question (or reading it). I have always enjoyed “Picture This” even more than “Sports” and “Fore” which if I am not mistaken sold even better than “Picture This” and were slicker as well.  Some have offered me the opinion that “Picture This” is rougher and closer to the roots of R&B than Sports and Fore. Do you agree and did you find that the slicker albums were any more or less satisfying to make than Picture This?
Roger L
Answer:
I don’t know what “slick” is, so I guess I don’t agree… I think we just keep improving, and every album is better than the preceding one… that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

July 28, 2013
Question:
You have lived in and visited so many areas of the country during your lifetime. Have you thought about where you want to live for the rest of your years? Is it at your residence in Montana or another place?
Cheryl Barber – Bridgewater, NJ
Answer:
Well, I love playing music and therefore have to travel a lot… I do love Montana, but also love to travel.

July 21, 2013
Question:
I was wondering if you still have that awesome leopard (or was it cheetah print?) jacket you wore in the video of “Gimme the Keys”????? Hahaha, your videos crack me up and I thank you for that.
Jenny & Emma Santos
Answer:
I’m sure I do, but don’t know where… probably on the clothes rack at the Troutfarm.

July 14, 2013
Question:
Always have been an all time favorite of mine. Seen you in Erie, PA twice 15 years apart and would jump at the opportunity to see you guys again. So much talent and there’s nothing in music these days that compare to yours. 🙂 My question is have you ever done or would be willing to do any appearances for donation to benefits such as for a non-profit in support to find a cure for cancer?
Jamie Briggs
Answer:
We’ve done many cancer related benefits, and continue to do so… We’ve had a long association with Camp Okizu (kids with terminal cancer) to name just one very worthwhile organization.

July 7, 2013
Question:
Could you please let us know your general preferences when it comes to visual art. Do you have a favorite when it comes to a particular artist, style, time period, medium? Thanks for all of the smiles you have brought me through your music and concerts!
Elena McCreight – Munster, IN
Answer:
I’ve always liked Impressionism, and love the old classics by Matisse, Van Gogh, etc.

June 30, 2013
Question:
I am a life-long 49ers fan… and a Huey Lewis/News fan. I’m sitting here on Sunday morning listening to the hype about several NFL teams and their Pepsi anthems. Instead of listening to Kellie Clarkson sing about the Cowboys, or Aerosmith sing about the Patriots… I think it would be a much better to be listening to Huey Lewis and the News sing about the SF FortyNiners! Just an idea…
Marijeanne Rende – Danville, CA
Answer:
Sing about the 49ers? I don’t get it.

June 22, 2013
Question:
Always been a big fan of yours and the NFL. My question is how did SF 49er greats Dwight Clark, Ronnie Lott & Joe Montana end up singing on some of your songs?
Dean Osborn – United Kingdom
Answer:
We first met them at the Bay Area Music Awards and they jokingly suggested that they sing on our record, and that in return, I could take a few “snaps” … never got my snaps!

June 17, 2013
Question:
I believe i walked past you in the Bahamas at the Atlantis. You were on the way towards the Casino. This was Saturday November 11th. First would like to say I am a huge fan grew up listening to all your great tunes. I was wondering if you were there for the Boat show at the marina and if you have a boat yourself. I know you love the Bahamas as you shot one of you Videos there. Also have you ever played golf at the paradise club? I played there on wed of that week, great coarse I have played it about 7 times.
– Anonymous
Answer:
We were in the Bahamas to play for a private function associated with the Boat Show … I also love the Bahamas … hey, you don’t need a sweater.

June 10, 2013
Question:
Hi Huey, first off I would like to say that I really enjoy your music. I was recently deployed to Kosovo and I made a huge attempt at getting the coffee shop owners to play your music. They all seemed to like you. Well At least the ones with electricity did. Do you guys ever hit the USO tours or do any small gigs in weird countries? I’m know there are some Albanians in Kosovo sing about how every this is alright and wanting a new drug. Thanks for your time.
Matthew Douglas
Answer:
I love it … you can be head of HLN promotion for Kosovo! … We haven’t done any USO tours as such (unfortunately … never really been offered one that made sense), but we’ve played Camp Pendleton, and other functions for returning Vets … nice to know we’ve got fans like you.

June 3, 2013
Question:
I’m a 30 year fan that discovered the band through “Picture This” and I hail from Victoria, Australia. I was wondering as you mature what steps do you take to ensure you get the “work/life balance” right?
David Burt – Traralgon, Victoria Australia
Answer:
Excellent question … as of now we’ve sort of rededicated ourselves to the band …our kids have all pretty much grown up, and we’re starting to write some new material, and thinking of another record even  … It is true, however, that the traveling is rough, but look what we get to do for a living!

May 27, 2013
Question:
The song  “The Only One”- Is that based on true life experience? What’s the story behind the song? And hey, how’s Little Janie anyway? 🙂
Anthony Van Pyre
Answer:
The “Only One” was based on a classmate in junior high school who met a tragic end… he was a very cool kid… Janey’s name was changed, and I don’t know what happened to her.

May 20, 2013
Question:
My BF & I saw several of the concerts this year. Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, and Cleveland to name a few. Thanks for the recognition in Cleveland. We were glad to see how you guys keep changing the shows up, it is fun for us. Love that “Bluesy” sound of the harmonica, do you play any other instruments?
Connie Schley – Milford, IA
Answer:
Thanks for your nice comments … no, I don’t play any other instruments, so, I’m especially glad that you like the harmonica!

May 13, 2013
Question:
Hi Huey, without question you are my favourite artist of all-time.
Anyway, from all the way down here in Australia I must ask…Of all the songs over your fantastic career…Which one do you wish you had have made a video for? (that may have missed due to “non-single” potential). For me, its “The Only One”. Interested to hear your thoughts.
Peter Ham
Answer:
Thanks for the props… don’t know which songs would have made good videos, but I agree that “the Only One” is an inspired choice… good call.

May 6, 2013
Question:
Huey, I have been listening to you my whole life. I remember my first ever career cassette tape when I was a kid was Sports. I still have it. The music is perfect in that album. Lots of my friends sort of laugh at me because I always have Huey Lewis playing in my car. My question is this, two shows that I have been to I have been kicked out of for dancing. What is the deal with that? Both shows were in casinos and I get that you got to cater to where the money is, but how do people go to these shows and not get pumped? Is it expected to just sit in your seat and act proper at a Huey Lewis theatre show? I really love the music and just get too fired up sometimes. Am I wrong for being this pumped? Are the other fans listening to something that I don’t hear possibly?
Jackson
Answer:
I’m sorry about that, but some of the audience is as old as me(!), and need to sit down every so often… we try to strike a balance… usually requiring the audience to sit for half the show, and then allowing them to stand or dance after that, depending on the venue… sometimes, you need to dance in your mind! Sorry.

April 29, 2013
Question:
Thanks to my dad being very passionate about pop music in the ’80s, I fell in love with your music before the age of 10, and I continue to be a huge fan!!! My question is: do you feel that there is any musician/band out there currently that was influenced by Huey Lewis and the News?
Misti Simpson
Answer:
I hear from young singers and bands all the time about how they were influenced by our band … a surprising amount of male country artists today grew up listening to us and other rock groups.

April 22, 2013
Question:
I am one of your younger fans, growing up listening to your music with my family brings back many great memories, however some of my favorite songs weren’t played at your recent show in Moncton, New Brunswick. It was disappointing to not hear Hip to Be Square and Stuck With You. I understand you can’t sing them all but those are some of your greatest hits! Why deny your fans the chance to hear them live?!
Jenna Fawcett – Moncton NB’
Answer:
What can I say? So many hits, so little time … we play “Hip” and “Stuck” all the time … sorry we forgot them in Moncton … I promise to play them when we return.

April 15, 2013
Question:
We just got back from your concert at the Turning Stone in Verona, NY. It was incredible. My question is this: did you have technical difficulties with your ear monitor, or did you forget the words to Stuck with You? Either way, we still loved it! It makes you more down to earth if you messed up the words. And as you said, you’re not perfect!
Sandi W. – Baldwinsville, NY
Answer:
I probably messed up the words, and pretended that something was wrong with my in-ears!

April 8, 2013
Question:
I am a longtime fan and have seen several of your concerts, most recently in Cleveland last week! As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. My question is: Would you consider a visit to Daryl’s House if given the opportunity?
Jim Lanese – Lyndhurst, OH
Answer:
Sure … I like Daryl a lot, although I’ve only met him once … there are some logistical problems cause we are in San Francisco, but who knows.

April 1, 2013
Question:
Hey Huey, I heard a while back that Howard Stern talked about getting you on his radio show. Any updates about that at all? I heard Jimmy Kimmell on the show a few times and he mentioned to Howard that you should go on….what do you say?
Steve Fry
Answer:
Well, my pal Jimmy Kimmel says Howard is a great guy, so, I’d be happy to go on his show… unfortunately, he’s in New York, but there is some talk about me doing it.

March 25, 2013
Question:
I’ve heard you say many times what a fan you are of Tower Of Power but have never heard the story of how they came to work with you guys. It must have been extremely exciting for you to have the horn section play on Picture This and be in the studio with them for the first time. What do you remember about those days and the beginning of that relationship?
Frank Schnyder
Answer:
While we were recording “Hope You Love Me” for our second album in San Francisco, Tower of Power were in another studio in the same building… ran into them in the hallways and asked them to play on “Hope”… that started a long and fabulous relationship that continues to this day…

March 18, 2013
Question:
My name is Patty and I have wonderful memories of a concert your band headlined with the Police. It was in 1982 or ‘83 and I was working on a cruise ship at the time. My sister, who lived in Vancouver, BC got tickets to the concert and my ship was in port for the night. What an exciting night! We went to a jazz/blues club in downtown Vancouver after the concert. Great music all night long. I have 3 questions….hope you won’t mind. The first is do you ever jam with local bands after a concert?  My favorite song is “Heart and Soul.” What was your inspiration? Will you ever schedule a concert in Southwest Florida?
Patty Husen
Answer:
Yes we jam with local bands after the concert sometimes … not often, but if there’s a band in our hotel or on a day off, then we’re likely to get up …. we didn’t write “Heart and Soul” … it was written my Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn … and of course we’ll be in Southwest Florida … probably this year as part of our Sports 30th Anniversary Tour.

March 11, 2013
Question:
You and your band were my first musical obsession back in the day! I’m super excited to see you in concert here in Upstate, NY on November 4th (just 3 days after my birthday). I was born and raised in Maryland and was able to see you perform in Columbia, MD back in the 90s. At that concert, I sent some flowers backstage to you for your birthday and you send me a handwritten postcard expression of thanks. I’m still amazed and appreciative of your kind gesture! I now live in Ithaca, NY. I remember reading that you spent some time here while you were attending Cornell. What are your fondest memories about your time in Ithaca? Keep on rockin!! 🙂
Jennifer Kaiser, Ithaca, NY
Answer:
Yeah, I lived in Ithaca for a little over two years… attended Cornell for 5 minutes over that two year period… my favorite memories are musical, playing with my band Slippery Elm (we all recently got together at the Upstate gig), and hanging with the guys from King Harvest. I really loved the countryside in Ithaca also… it’s a beautiful place, and I loved my time there.

March 4, 2013
Question:
Long time fan of yours and and you have been in my “FANTASY FOURSOME” for some time. Too bad the weather has been so bad here recently, and the timing of your Concert tonight or I would have invited you down to the Highlands for a game. My question: where is your favorite place to play golf? (after Pebble Beach – that was the easy answer). Can’t wait to see you tonight in Sydney. I will drop a visor off for you!
 – BH
Answer:
Well, there’s no such thing as a bad golf course, some are just better than others … And, you’re right, Pebble has got to be my favorite, although there are many just about as good.

February 25, 2013
Question:
I know many years back a show(s) with Tower of Power was planned for your 20th I believe.  Live @ 25 happen and now we are celebrating 30 years of sports next year.  Any plans to do something with TOP or their horn section?
Chris Becker
Answer:
We don’t have any immediate plans to do anything with the TOP horns. We, of course, have our own great horn section, but love TOP and try to stay in touch with them and certainly would love to work with them again.

February 17, 2013
Question:
Hey Huey, what’s on your iPod or what music are you listening to these days? What current music do you like?
Laura Gironda
Answer:
I always like Hornsby and Donald Fagen, but recently, I dig Eric Lindell and Marc Broussard, and always play old Louis Armstrong, and great Sinatra/Basie stuff.

February 10, 2013
Question:
My question is…why do people sit down at your concerts? The last two concerts I’ve been to of yours, both this year, I have been told to sit down. I enjoy your concerts and music very much, and I like to stand up and dance and enjoy! I was at the Hampton Casino last night and had to get security because I wanted to stand and dance, like many others and was pretty much accosted by a man behind me. I’m wondering if you might tell people to get up and dance if that would make a difference? I’ve been a fan for 30 years, saw you at the Paradise Lounge in Boston back in the day, don’t want to stop dancing!
Gina Piantedosi – Westford MA
Answer:
I think people sit down at the concerts because, like me, their back hurts when they stand … I can relate! … We try to accommodate everyone in most venues, and their policies always vary, but at most venues, after 2/3 of the show (approx 60 minutes) the fans are allowed to stand up and dance … Some venues have designated dance areas I think.

February 3, 2013
Question:
I heard or read someplace that you were great in math and had a perfect math score on your SATs. Since I am a high school math teacher and a huge fan, I was wondering if this is true? By the way, I’ve seen you in concert 24 times.
Nancy Moreau – Seekonk, Ma
Answer:
Yes, it’s true I scored a perfect 800 on my math SAT and my advanced SAT (2, maybe?) … I’ll prove it … you’ve seen us in concert 3 times 2 cubed … 24 times.

January 27, 2013
Question:
As a fan, I sometimes have one of your songs pop into my head during the day or during a conversation. I was wondering if you have ever experienced the same thing with one of your songs. If so, is there one that seems to surface more often?
Michele Govea – Chicago, IL
Answer:Definitely and we kid each other about it … we joke that it’s especially bad form to be humming one’s own tune, but we work on them so much, it can’t be helped.

January 20, 2013
Question:
Who did you write the song “Stuck with you” about? With who are you happy to be stuck with, and are you still stuck with that same person?
Alfred – Netherlands
Answer:
None of your business!… But, I will tell you, that although my songs are often inspired by real things, in fact, usually inspired by real life, they aren’t always literal, and I always “embellish”… but, I will also reveal that the person who inspired “Stuck With You” didn’t really like the song all that much.

January 13, 2013
QUESTION:
Hey Huey! I know you like the Dannecker harmonicas. What model do you play? Any special kind of tuning? Any further information would be greatly appreciated. I play Hohner Special 20’s at the moment, but wouldn’t mind spending a few bucks to get a really good harp. Your sound is great live, it’s really loud and clear.
ANSWER:
Well, I love Dannecker harmonicas, and there’s simply no better harp for intonation, action, and tone … Tony makes them for me and I play the Optimus, although all his models are great … I think the Optimus has a brass reed plate, maybe …  you can check him out at antonydannecker.com … if you play Special 20s you’ll really notice the difference especially when in the intonation, and durability.

January 6, 2013
QUESTION:
Have you ever produced, and recorded a song that you have regretted and would like to re-record in a different version? It seems I remember reading that you have,  but of course the details are somewhere in the gray matter. Thanks.
Vanita Menapace – Mosquero, NM
ANSWER:
I will be honest and say that I wish I’d left Hip to be Square in the third person (“He used to be…) … it wasn’t intended to be an anthem for square people, and not everyone recognized the irony, shall we say.

December 30, 2012
QUESTION:
I would love to know what types of music you listen to, and if you have an all time favorite group?
Wendy Hotaling, Northville NY
ANSWER:
Seems like I mostly listen to music of friends or fellow musicians that gets sent to me, or our own stuff that we’re working on, but for pure pleasure, I tend to listen to jazz, or older popular stuff like Sinatra, or Louis Armstrong. And, I don’t really have one favorite group… I love the Neville Brothers, Tower of Power, Bruce Hornsby, Paul Thorn, just to name a few.

December 23, 2012
QUESTION:
My wife Pam and I went to the Cleveland show, our first. You put out great energy to make sure the fan in the worst seat had a good time. I am 63 and look okay, but you look good at 62. How do you keep fit? Tips for fitness on the road?
Glenn D. Waggoner – Cleveland, OH
ANSWER:
Thanks for your nice words … I do the “Insanity” workout to stay in shape… that’s the one where you eat and drink as much as you want, don’t work out, and expect to lose weight … it’s “Insanity”! How am I doing?

December 16, 2012
QUESTION:
Are there any acts or artists from the 80s that you’re still close to or friendly with?
Bert Baron – WCTC Radio, New Brunswick, NJ
ANSWER:
Sure, mostly those that are still working who we’ll bump into at the  hotel because they’ve either just worked the same venue, or are going to the next day… Doobies, Chicago, Beach Boys … oops, I guess they’re from the 60’s and 70’s.

December 9, 2012
QUESTION:
Which do you like better, performing in huge arenas or smaller, more intimate venues?  Why? I saw you perform in 1985 in Chicago (Lawn section) and again 2012 in Lac Du Flambeau, WI at a casino.  Both were totally incredible, but for me the smaller one was better because I was able to be in the front and see you guys close up.Lori Hext
ANSWER:
We prefer to play smaller venues generally because they are better sounding, more intimate and more “musical” … that being said, larger venues can be more rewarding financially, and in that case, I prefer the larger ones!!!!

December 3, 2012
QUESTION:
I’ve read that Jimmy Kimmel considers you and him friends. Do you remember the first time you had met him and can you name an occasion that helped build that friendship?
Greg Becker – Chicago, IL
ANSWER:
I first met Jimmy Kimmel at the Mountain Home Winery in Saratoga, Calif. when he came to our show … this was a few years before Jimmy Kimmel Live. He’s a fly fisherman, and he came to visit me in Montana (a couple times), and it was from there our friendship grew … I’ve stayed with him a few times in LA as well … he is really one of the most generous, real, down to earth people I’ve ever met. And of course he has great taste in music.

November 26, 2012
QUESTION:
I retired from the San Francisco Police Department back in January ’03, so I now have a little time to enjoy life. I was with friends up at South Shore in August, so we saw your show and thought it was great! When I was a rookie cop back in the mid-seventies, I worked a beat in lower pacific heights, which included a club at California & Divisadero which was called The Old Waldorf. I also lived in the neighborhood and would occasionally walk down to the Waldorf for a drink. I’m not sure if my memory serves me well, but I have a vague recollection of seeing you perform down at the waldorf. I’m now living in the Napa Valley where I have a small vineyard which keeps me occupied, but I often reflect on those early days in the City. Was it indeed Huey Lewis I saw at the Waldorf or is my mental clutch starting to slip a little?
George Gaskins – Napa, CA
ANSWER:
We did indeed play the Waldorf at least a couple times… once opening for Bram Tchaikovsky, and once headlining, and maybe even another time or two… at my age, the memory gets a little fuzzy!

November 19, 2012
QUESTION:
Did you choose to change your last name or did someone ask/demand that you change it? What’s that story? Love the song “Bad is Bad” from “Sports” and great that you all wrote it together! What was your inspiration to write it?
– Rhianna
ANSWER:
Huey Lewis was a nickname my first girlfriend’s father gave to me in my teen age years (It grew from “Huey Louie” to Huey “Lewis”) … with Clover in England we recorded a record with Twiggy when we first arrived, and being that I didn’t have a Green card (work permit), I adopted the name to be credited on the album. I honestly can’t remember the inspiration for “Bad is Bad” other than the linguistic puzzle that the word “bad” represents (good).

QUESTION:
Dear Mr. Lewis,Recently, I viewed a DVD of your band playing a concert in Germany. I noticed at the end of theconcert how you genuinely seemed to enjoy coming back to connect with the audience to playa couple of encores. I am a Special Education teacher, and I had wondered if you had  everwanted to be a teacher?  It was fun watching you and your band reach an audience in such anunselfish way. Your concert seemed like more of a “calling” than just a job.
Ann Kort – Marengo, Illinois
ANSWER:
Thank you for your nice comments … yes, I love what I do, and I also enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball for 6 years, which is teaching I suppose, although I’m not sure I totally get the connection … You are right, however, that playing music was, in fact, a “calling” for me, and I think it needs to be for anyone entering the business, because the odds of success are not high.

November 5, 2012
QUESTION:
In the past 50 years, I frequented my share of defunct Cleveland, OH clubs such as the Agora and Leo’s Casino, while having the privilege of watching the “Sam and Dave’s” of the world make their mark at these intimate venues. I see now your tours include theater and casino venues. I know touring is any entertainer’s “bread and butter” but do you feel the “mega stadium” concert is quickly becoming a thing of the past and what direction do you see touring going in the future?
– Diane Barski, Parma, OH
ANSWER:
It’s true the venues we play have definitely changed over the years… and as I often say, we used to be a beer and hot dog band, and now we’re hanging with the “wine and cheese set” … truthfully, the theaters provide a much more intimate, and musical experience, albeit a more expensive one, that people seem to really enjoy. I know we do.

October 29, 2012
QUESTION:
My name is Shen and I am a huge fan. I grew up in Lawrenceville, NJ and I have two sons, Mike and Sean. Mike graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 2008 and Sean is a third form day student there now. He is a member of the Hamill House. I am really looking forward to attending the Aldo Leopold Award Presentation this Thursday evening. After all these years I will finally get to see you in person! I am so excited!! I guess my question to you is: What was your most memorable experience at The Lawrenceville School? I wish you continued success in your career. I will always be a fan!
– Shen Cuskley
ANSWER:
My most memorable experience while at Lawrenceville might have been a concert I saw at Town Hall in New York while at L’ville … It was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and they made a huge impression on me … It was 1966, and I was already playing harmonica … I think the seed (or one of them) of a music career was planted then.