Orleans

Orleans

Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Orleans is the classic American band that brought you the mega-hits Still the One, Dance With Me, Love Takes Time ...! Now in our 42nd year, "We're Still Havin' Fun!" recording & gigging around the globe. Call Len Fico - 323-464-7761

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Biography

Available as Orleans and/or Orleans & Friends.
For explanation, see the Set List page.

Orleans - 70s Pop/Rock icons "still havin' fun" 40+ years later!

SHORT BIO

Orleans is best known as the 70s Pop/Rock band that brought you the classic hits Still The One, Dance With Me and Love Takes Time. Now in its 42nd year, Orleans has produced a body of work spanning 16+ albums and 4 DVDs. The band continues to be in great demand internationally for live performances, as they have been for 4 decades. Co-founders Lance Hoppen and John Hall, along with long-standing members Lane Hoppen, Fly Amero and Charlie Morgan deliver Orleans' music with power, class and integrity to appreciative audiences everywhere.

LONG BIO

Orleans is best known as the 70s Pop/Rock band that brought you the classic hits Still The One, Dance With Me and Love Takes Time. Now in its 42nd year, Orleans has produced a body of work spanning 16+ albums and 4 DVDs. The band continues to be in great demand internationally for live performances, as they have been for nearly 4 decades.

Orleans began as a trio in 1972 in Woodstock NY. Guitarist John Hall, drummer Wells Kelly and multi-instrumentalist Larry Hoppen played tirelessly all over the Northeast and the "East Coast Corridor" for 9 months before adding Lance Hoppen (Larry's younger brother) fresh out of high school on bass to form the quartet that would record its debut LP in 1973 at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studio.

During the rest of the '70s Orleans released several more albums, which included the megahits Dance With Me, Still The One and Love Takes Time. Showcasing vocal and instrumental strengths while touring with artists such as Jackson Browne, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Chicago and many others, they expanded their fan base by going well beyond the radio hits.

One of their many signatures was and still is harmony guitars, with 2 serious players seamlessly trading rhythm and lead between them. Larry and John were, for most of the band's career, those players. Another signature has always been the group's vocal harmonies and sound, including Larry's soaring tenor, the voice of the radio hits.

When John left for a solo stint in '77, Orleans found Dennis "Fly" Amero; a lefty, upside-down Strat player (in the manner of Jimi Hendrix) who took over for several years.

After Wells Kelly passed in Oct. '84, Larry, Lance and John played at his Memorial event. They then decided to work together as Orleans again, starting with a Nashville album. From 1985 - 2006 (when John was elected to the US Congress) the group always included the 3 surviving original members. Over those years, another 8 albums of new material were released.

In 2000 the band added 3rd brother Lane Hoppen as a permanent member. Shortly after, Charlie Morgan (drummer with Elton John for 13 years) joined the group.

Early in 2006, as John began his election campaign, Fly was asked back by the band, roughly 25 years after his "first term". A smooth transition ensued (the We're Still Havin Fun DVD features BOTH John and Fly). Besides being a great guitarist/singer/songwriter with a strong blues/R&B soulful tilt, Fly is great with a crowd and has a Gold Record for comedy music featuring his parody lyrics.

In 2012, Orleans suffered another tragedy - the sudden passing of Larry Hoppen. While there is no replacing Larry, the decision was made to somehow perform the remaining shows of the year's calendar. Lance, Lane, Fly and Charlie were rejoined by co-founder John Hall in order to finish with dignity and integrity what had been started 40 years earlier.

But that was not to be the end. In 2013, Orleans joined Christopher Cross, Firefall and several other contemporaries, offering themselves as back up band to all 7 acts on the Sail Rock Tour as well as playing their own set of hits.

In 2014, Orleans continues to perform live and has recently released a double-disc of their best work, entitled No More Than You Can Handle: a 40-year journey. The compilation includes a few brand new songs. The title cut has been released to radio as Orleans' first "single" in many years.

And the journey continues ...

For much more on this classic American band, visit www.OrleansOnline.com

Lyrics

The Moment

Written By: Kathie Baillie/Michael Bonagura/Gary Bud Smith

If I could go back to one moment in time
And stop the world from turning just by closing my eyes
Forever there, you'd still be mine
The moment just before goodbye

If I could go back to when you were here
I'd try to find the reasons for all of your tears
Oh how my heart longs, oh how it cries
For that moment, just before goodbye

You may go, but they will stay
The memories that we made along the way
Like our first kiss, our baby's first cries
These are always with me 'til the day that I die

So if I could go back to one moment in time
When we were still together, your hand in mine
I'd say "I love you", ten thousand times
The moment just before goodbye

I'd say "I love you", one last time/
The moment just before goodbye
The moment just before goodbye

Heaven

Written By: Leinbach/Hall/Hoppen/Hoppen

In the beginning there was light
Man and woman lived in paradise
But with the apple, they both fell
And cast us all beneath the serpent's spell

Books of knowledge from the wise
Say that right before our very eyes
There is still a graden here
One that's free of greed and pain and fear

Heaven could be here for us today
How on Earth could you turn me away
Won't you go with me
Help me find the key
How much longer will I have to wait
Here at Heaven's gate

You say you've got to find yourself
Before you share your love with someone else
Another time, another place
But we're not given love and time to waste

Heaven could be here for us today
How on Earth could you turn me away
Won't you go with me
Help me find the key
How much longer will you make me wait
Here at Heaven's gate

Oh oh oh oh
Reason and guidance surround us
Deafness and blindness confound us
Always your choice paves the way

Heaven could be here for us today
How on Earth could you turn me away
Won't you go with me
Help me find the key
How much longer will we have to wait
Here at Heaven's gate

For Fathers Everywhere

Written By: Larry Hoppen

What wouldn't I do to keep them safe and warm
Provide a shelter from any storm
Give them the tools to feel secure
Even if I have to bleed
I'll do that and more

Here in this world there can be no doubt
What else matters?
Nothing can compare
If a man has a child he knows what I'm on about
I believe this rings true
For fathers everywhere

And with dark days before us I will seek the light
So I can look 'em in the eye and say "It's gonna be alright"
There's no manual, no guarantee
That's the way it's always been
My mission, Dad's reason to be

And here in my world there can be no doubt
Nothin' else matters
Nothing can compare
When a man has a child he knows what I'm on about
And I believe this rings true
For fathers everywhere

Oh, why do mothers
Sometimes lovers
May think that we don't get it?
That's just disheartening talk
For dads who walk the walk
With or without marriage
Love's never to disparriage
If there must be damage
Let it be to me

I'll give them the tools to feel secure
Even if I have to bleed
I'll do that and more

'Cause here in this world there can be no doubt
Nothin' else matters
Nothing can compare
If a man has a child he knows what I'm on about
And I believe this rings true
For fathers everywhere

Oh, here in my world there just ain't no doubt
Nothin' else matters
Nothing can compare
When a man has a child he knows what I'm on about
And I believe this rings true
For fathers everywhere

Discography

1973 - Orleans
1974 - Orleans 2
1975 - Let There Be Music (inc. Dance With Me)
1976 - Waking & Dreaming (inc. Still the One)
1979 - Forever - (inc. Love Takes Time)
1980 - Orleans
1982 - One of a Kind
1985 - Grown Up Children
1990 - Live: Volume 1
1994 - Analog Men
1996 - Ride
1997 - Best of Orleans
2002 - Still the One LIVE: 30th Anniversary Retrospective
2005 - Dancin' in the Moonlight
2007 - We're Still Havin' Fun
2008 - We're Still Havin' Fun DVD
2008 - Obscurities
2009 - Official History & Music of Orleans DVD
2010 - 75 Live: Harvard Square Theatre
2010 - Dancin' in St. Thomas Moonlight DVD/CD

Set List

Depending on the gig, Orleans usually does a 60-90 minute set with encores.

This always includes the hits (Still the One, Dance With Me, Love Takes Time, Dancin' in the Moonlight) and the perennial crowd-pleasers (Reach, Let There Be Music, Juliet, etc). We also keep adding fresh music as we go, ever-evolving the show. With 40+ years under our belt, there is never a shortage of material to play!

We also do "Orleans & Friends" shows where we add in some great Classic Rock singers and their hits --- Dave Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), David Pack (Ambrosia), John Ford Coley, Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult), Alex Ligertwood (Santana), Wally Palmar (The Romantics) ... and the list goes on and on!

In that case, it's a Non-Stop Hits-fest from the first downbeat to the last encore!

See a semi-full listing of available "Friends" at http://orleansonline.com/orleansandfriends.html