Live at the Fox Venice Theatre – Canned Heat



In 1981, Canned Heat, one of the most influential blues-rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s, reunited with their legendary collaborator John Lee Hooker for a special concert at the Fox Venice Theatre in California. The show was a celebration of their friendship and musical chemistry, which had produced the acclaimed 1971 album Hooker N’ Heat. The concert was recorded and released as Hooker N’ Heat: Recorded Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, a testament to the enduring power and passion of these blues icons.

The album features Canned Heat’s charismatic frontman Bob Hite, who sadly passed away shortly after the show, as well as original bassist Richard Hite, drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, pianist Ronnie Barron, lead guitarist Mark Skyer and rhythm guitarist Chris Morgan. They are joined by John Lee Hooker, the legendary Delta bluesman who influenced generations of musicians with his raw and expressive style. The Chambers Brothers also provide backing vocals on some tracks.

The album showcases the band’s versatility and skill, as they perform classics like “Hell Hound”, “Strut My Stuff”, “Open Up Your Back Door” and “House of Blue Lights”, as well as a medley of their hits “Let’s Work Together” and “Goin’ Up the Country”. Hooker takes center stage on songs like “Tease Me Baby”, “It Serves Me Right to Suffer” and “Nobody Else But You”, displaying his distinctive voice and guitar work. The album captures the energy and excitement of a live performance, as well as the warmth and camaraderie between the musicians and the audience.

Hooker N’ Heat: Recorded Live at the Fox Venice Theatre is a rare and precious document of a historic night of blues music, featuring two of the most influential and respected artists in the genre. It is a tribute to their legacy and a reminder of their timeless appeal.

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