By Barbara Lewis
The will host resurging rock group, Pablo Cruise, at 8 p.m. May 25.
The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.
The multi-hit pop/rock band of the 1970s and ‘80s has reconvened with three of the original band members, David Jenkins, Cory Lerios and Steve Price. Along with Larry Antonino, they will perform new versions of hits such as “A Place in the Sun” and “Love Will Find A Way.”
From 1975 to 1985, Pablo Cruise toured the United States, Canada and Japan, welcoming fans to "Climb Aboard The Good Ship Pablo Cruise."
The group reached the Top 10 with hits like "Watcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye" and "Love Will Find A Way" as well as several other radio hits. The band sold several million albums and singles and established themselves as well-respected writers and performers within the industry.
Pablo Cruise appeared on numerous television shows, including Dick Clark's American Bandstand and The Merv Griffin Show.
In 1979, the quartet broke Elvis Presley's attendance record at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, becoming the first rock band to play a casino showroom. They also became the first rock band to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
By 1986, after completing several national tours and releasing seven albums, the group disbanded for a hiatus that lasted 20 years.
In 1996, David Jenkins and Bud Cockrell reunited as Pablo Cruise. In June 2004, all four original Pablo members were back together and performed with various substitute musicians until 2010. Cockrell died that year at age 59 and Larry Antonio took his place as the fourth member of the group.
In November of 2011, Pablo Cruise released its very first live album, it's good to be live, taken from concerts performed at the Blue Goose in Loomis, Calif. The recording features the new versions of "A Place in the Sun" and “Love Will Find a Way."
Tickets are $38, $43 and $48. Group discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased online at www.firehousearts.org up to three hours prior to the performance, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or in person at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office. Box Office hours are Wednesday - Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and for two hours prior to the performance.
The entrance to free parking is on Spring Street near First Street.