Philadelphia-based rock band The Hooters came to prominence in the US in the mid-'80s thanks to repeated airplay of its singles on the radio and MTV. The Hooters were the opening act on the Philadelphia performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. The band expanded its base internationally in the late '80s and early '90s, even playing in the '90s The Wall Concert in Berlin. After a break from releasing new music in 1994, the band released its first album of new songs titled Time Stand Still in 2007. Today, The Hooters boasts six studio albums, one EP, two live albums and three compilations released since its formation. It also released three music videos, one film named after The Hooters' debut album Nervous Night (1985) and a DVD compilation titled The Ultimate Clip Collection.
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The Hooters were the brainchild of Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, who met in 1971 while both were attending the University of Pennsylvania and played in a local band named Baby Grand that released two of its own albums. Bazilian and Hyman established their own band in 1980, and the group played its first gig on July 4 of the same year. That band's name, The Hooters, refers to the melodica, for which "hooter" is a nickname. Starting in the Philadelphia rock scene, playing clubs and getting airplay on local stations, The Hooters soon gained attention up and down the east coast, adding high schools and television programs to its gigging repertoire. In 1982, The Hooters were the opening act for one of the farewell performances of The Who, sharing the bill with Santana and The Clash. A year-long break followed, after which Bazilian and Hyman reformed the band and proceeded to work with a then-unknown Cyndi Lauper on She's So Unusual and the track "Time After Time" before going on to release The Hooters' own platinum-selling debut album and string of Billboard Top 40 hits.
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Who are the members of The Hooters?
The core of The Hooters remains its founding members Eric Bazilian on guitar, lead vocals, mandolin, saxophone and harmonica as well as Rob Hyman on keyboards, lead vocals, melodica and accordion. Joining them in the band's current lineup is John Lilley on guitar, keyboards, dobro, mandolin and backing vocals. Fran Smith Jr. is on bass and backing vocals. Tommy Williams is on guitar, mandola, mandolin and backing vocals. David Uokikkinen is on drums and percussion.
What can I expect from The Hooters?
The Hooters play a unique brand of rock and rock that infuses elements of ska, reggae, new wave, folk, roots rock and Celtic rock.
What songs might I hear in a The Hooters setlist?
At a The Hooters concert, you're sure to hear many of the hits that made the band famous, such as (in the order of release): "Fightin' on the Same Side," "All You Zombies," "Hanging on a Heartbeat," "And We Danced,""Day by Day," "Where Do the Children Go" "Johnny B," "Satellite," "Karla with a K," "Engine 999," "500 Miles," "Brother, Don't You Walk Away," "Heaven Laughs," "Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It," "Give the Music Back," "Twenty Five Hours a Day," "Boys Will Be Boys" and "Private Emotion."
Where can I see The Hooters concerts?
Catch The Hooters concerts at venues around the world, from Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Penn., and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N. J., to Weingut Weyell in Dexheim, Germany, and Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway. The Hooters also frequently play music festivals like the Zelt-Musik-Festival in Freiburg, Germany.
What artists are similar to The Hooters?
If you like Mike & The Mechanics, Huey Lewis & The News, Starship, Lady Pank, Mr. Mister, Budka Suflera, Cutting Crew, Rick Springfield, Foreigner or The Outfield, you're sure to appreciate The Hooters in performance, too.Back to Top
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