The popular 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders is still touring, and they will perform at The Lerner Theatre in Elkhart on Friday, Aug. 8.
Plenty of things have changed since bass player Ron Foos joined the band 40 years ago, but he said the band still loves to have a good time, decked out in their trademark Revolutionary War-style costumes.
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Unfortunately, the band’s founder Paul Revere, who is now 75, is taking a break from performing due to some health issues. Foos explained more about that and answered four other questions about the band in a recent interview with The Elkhart Truth.
Q: Why isn't Paul Revere traveling with the band?
Foos: “He’s going to start laying back a little bit more. He’s had a couple health issues and the doctors have asked him to lay off a little. He’s still with us, pretty much organizing the show even when he’s not there.
And the show is basically the same ... even though we do miss Paul’s humor.“
Q: How did the band’s name and Revolutionary War-themed costumes happen?
Foos: “Well if you knew Paul’s parents you might be able to understand that a little better. Paul Revere is his real name. So what else are you going to do when you are named Paul Revere, besides maybe open a pizza place ... or start your own rock band? So thankfully, that’s what he did.
Paul did all the costumes and design himself. People think that we are from England because they think the Revolutionary War costumes are English. And they are really not — we have them in all different colors.
It’s a fun look and it was created by Paul to bring something special and different.”
Question: Have you guys been performing since the band formed in the 1958?
Foos: "There was a small break in the mid-70s. Paul thought he wanted to retire but after he took a couple years off he said, ’This is not great for me. I am not the guy who likes to sit around and be retired.’
He said, ’You know what, lets go back out on the road. I’m ready.’
So we have continued to play lots and lots of shows. We still play to some pretty darn big crowds.”
Question: How old were you and the other band members when you started the band? How old are you now?
Foos: “Paul is 75. Doug Heath and I are 65 and 64. Danny Krause, our keyboard player, just turned 60 and we've got a couple younger guys that have joined the troops.
Darren Dowler, our lead singer, just turned 50 so he is kind of the baby of the group. Everyone was in their 20s when the band started.
We are a lot more mellow now. After the show, we are all on our laptops looking at Facebook. Maybe in the old days we would have broke out some more beer or something ... but now we are a lot more calm. We get along and nothing really bothers us.”
Q: How have you kept your fan base?
Foos: “Well, I don’t like the word fan, I like to call them friends. We always do a meet-and-greet after the shows and we've had pretty much the same fan base over the years.
We enjoy the Paul Revere and the Raider spirit and just keeping the band alive. The show’s been working for a long time and it’s kinda like, if it’s not broke don’t fix it.”
If you go
Buy tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Friday show at thelerner.com or call the box office at 293-4469. Tickets range in price from $27.50 to $52.50.