Donnie Iris & The Cruisers Set To Play The Palace Theater Next Month


36 TODAY AND TOMORROW. BY AFTERNOON, THE TEMPERATURES ARE SLIDING AGAIN. AND THANK YOU. WE’LL BE PREPARED. HIS NAME IS KNOWN TO ROCK FANS AROUND THE WORLD. HE WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE HERE IN HIS HOMETOWN. PITTSBURGH ROCK LEGEND DONNIE IRIS IS IN OUR STUDIO THIS MORNING. WELCOME. IT’S A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU. NICE TO BE HERE. I HEARD YOU WERE VERY, VERY BUSY. LAST YEAR, YOU HAD A HUGE BASH. WE DID THREE SHOWS AT THE PALACE IN GREENSBURG. YES. AND PLAN TO DO ANOTHER ONE FEBRUARY 9th AT THE SAME PLACE. OKAY. AND LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AGAIN. AND I DON’T THINK YOU MIND IF I SAY THAT LAST YEAR WAS YOUR 75th BIRTHDAY. I DON’T MIND. 76 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN. YES, I AM. THANK YOU. THAT IS — I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING AGAIN. IT WILL BE, WE’RE GO CALLING IT THE SPIRIT OF 76. AND ONE OF OUR NEWS PHOTOGRAPHERS IS A HUGE FAN AND SAID THE BEST THING ABOUT DONNIE IRIS IS THAT THIS GUY HASN’T LOST IT. AS LONG AS YOU HAVE BEEN PERFORMING, YOU STILL HAVE IT. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO KEEP DOING THAT YEAR AFTER YEAR, SHOW AFTER SHE? I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT. I THINK IT’S THE WATER IN BEAVER FALLS. REALLY? YEAH. OKAY. SO TELL ME WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FOR THE SPIRIT OF 76? WELL, WE’RE GOING TO DO A SHOW LASTING AT LEAST TWO HOURS. AT LEAST TWO HOURS. YES. MY GOODNESS. AND THERE IS NO OPENER. OKAY. SO WE WILL JUST DO TWO HOURS WORTH OF STUFF THAT WE HAVE DONE ON OUR ALBUMS OVER THE YEARS. WOW. WOW. YEAH. AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE A SNOW COMING UP IN MARCH, TOO, THE CANTON? RIGHT. TELL ME ABOUT THAT. THERE IS A PLACE IN CANTON CALLED THE PALACE THEATRE. OH. AND WE’LL BE DOING THAT ON MARCH 9th. I HAVEN’T PLAYED THAT AREA NOW FOR AT LEAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS. OKAY. EXCELLENT. AND I DON’T THINK THEY’RE CONNECTED EITHER, YOU KNOW. THEY HAVE, HAPPEN TO HAVE THE SAME NAME. RIGHT. RIGHT. DO YOU REMEMBER IF THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN THE PALACE IN CANTON AND GREENSBURG? I DON’T THINK I HAVE BEEN TO THAT ONE BEFORE. OKAY. WONDERFUL. AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. AND I UNDERSTAND YOU’RE GOING TO GET INTO THE STUDIO? WE ARE. PROBABLY AROUND JUNE. HOPEFULLY BEFORE THAT. AND NO LATER THAN JUNE TO START WORKING ON SOME NEW STUFF. AND WE WANT TO PUT OUT A NEW ALBUM FOR OUR FANS. AND THE BAND HAS BEEN AROUND, AM I CORRECT, 40 YEARS? YEAH, WE GOT TOGETHER IN ’80. OKAY. 1980. SO, IT’S BEEN THAT LONG. ALMOST 40 YEARS FOR SURE. YEAH. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT PAUL IS THE NEWEST AND HE’S BEEN AROUND FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS. YES. OUR NEW BASE PLAYER HAS BEEN WITH US FOR 30 YEARS. WOW. WHAT IS THE SECRET? WHAT IS THE SECRET TO THE LONGEVITY? YOU KNOW WHAT? WE HAVE JUST BEEN FRIENDS FOR ALL OF THIS TIME AND WE BRANCHED OFF INTO DIFFERENT THINGS. OVERALL, WE KEEP COMING BACK TOGETHER WHEN WE HAVE A SHOW. OUR DRUMMER HAS TO FLY IN FROM CALIFORNIA TO DO THESE SHOWS. REALLY. OUR BASE PLAYER PAUL COMES IN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. OKAY. AND WE’RE JUST LIKE, WE’RE SPREAD OUT NOW. WE ALWAYS SEEM TO GET TOGETHER AND BE ABLE TO DO SHOWS, YOU KNOW, EVERY SO OFTEN. YOU GUYS MUST BE GOOD. I MEAN FLYING IN TO GET TOGETHER TO DO THIS. WE LOVE IT. HOW SPECIAL IS IT FOR YOU WHEN YOU WERE PERFORMING IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA? WELL, IT’S THE BEST. IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN. AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, CLEVELAND WOULD BE SECOND BEST. OH, OH. OKAY. THERE ARE A LOT OF FANS, THERE, TOO. MY MANAGEMENT COMPANY IS FROM THAT AREA. YES. AND WE’RE VERY HAPPY TO PLAY THERE, TOO. BUT, PITTSBURGH, OF COURSE, WILL ALWAYS BE MY HOME AND ALWAYS BE THE FAVORITE PLACE FOR ME TO PLAY NO MATTER WHERE IT IS. AND DONNIE IRIS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY. THANK YOU. AND HIS BIRTHDAY IS FEBRUARY 28th. YOU CAN CHECK OUT DONNIE IRIS AND THE CRUISERS LIVE AT THE PALACE THEATRE. THAT IS IN GREENSBURG, COMING UP ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th.

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