Tower of Power returns to the Suncoast Showroom

Jan 22, 2002 3:55 AM

The funky sound of Tower of Power returns Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. to the Suncoast showroom. For ticket information, call the box office at (702) 636-7075.

Back by popular demand, Tower of Power is still one of those rare bands who can claim to be the real deal, 100 proof, aged-to-perfection, ground zero “Soul.” Classic hits such as “What is Hip?,” “Soul Vaccination” and “So Very Hard to Go” are no longer oldies. They’re now timeless, as much a part of our cultural heritage as the “65 Mustang.”

Tower of Power began in the San Francisco Bay area as a group of soul devotees called the Motowns. After winning over rock impresario Bill Graham to earn a coveted spot on the Fillmore Auditorium roster, Tower of Power rapidly ascended the ranks of music superstardom, sharing bills along the way with groups such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly and the Family Stone and Santana.

In the 90’s, the group caught on with R&B lovers in Japan and Europe. The horn section became a regular fixture on David Letterman’s Late Night Show and “Old Skool” soul suddenly found itself vogue again. To celebrate the launch of the band’s fourth decade of touring and recording, Rhino Records assembled “What is Hip?” the first retrospective of the band, tracing Tower of Power from its earliest days on Bill Graham’s Fillmore label.