The guys received the “Lifetime Achievement in Music Award” this weekend at Germany’s renowned Goldene Kamera Awards show, where they also appeared and performed. Check out pictures from the event below!
Kool For the Holidays arrives in-stores Nov. 5, marking Kool & the Gang’s first album in seven years. The set also doubles as a prelude to the 2014 celebration of the legendary band’s 50th anniversary. This is also their first holiday record, featuring songs that were half a century in the making.
As the title implies, Kool For the Holidays isn’t your run of the mill holiday album. Comprised of six original songs and eight standards, the project embraces what Kool heads have always loved about Kool & the Gang: its harmonious fusions of R&B, pop, dance and funk, engaging vocals and artful arrangements. In addition to revisiting its early jazz roots, the band also adds some gospel flavor to the mix. Bottom line, Kool & the Gang refreshingly crafts its own unique definition of holiday spirit.
You can pre-order the album, along with exclusive Kool For the Holidays merchandise now, by clicking HERE
Kool & the Gang was featured in the New York Times today, in Val Haller’s weekly series where she matches tracks from her generation to those of the current generation. You can check out the article HERE
In keeping with the resurging popularity of 70’s and 80’s sounds, legendary groovemeisters of the period Kool & The Gang are back in the arena limelight joining the first leg of Kid Rock’s “Rebel Soul Tour” (www.kidrockrebelsoul.com). The tour kicks off in Washington, DC, June 28, at Jiffy Lube Live. In an unprecedented, fan-friendly move, Kid Rock announced a limited number of $20 tickets are being offered for the tour. Tickets are on sale now exclusively thru Ticketmaster.com.
Kool & The Gang’s pairing with Kid Rock follows on the heels of their wildly-successful 50-plus city tour in 2012 with Van Halen. Billboard reported: “One unqualified success was the experiment of Kool & the Gang’s opening set. If some — actually many — wondered how the R&B group would fare in front of Van Halen’s hard rock crowd, doubts were dispelled quickly with the breezy lite funk of the 11-piece outfit’s 50-minute set, which had the T-shirted, beer-drinking, fist-pumpers dancing exuberantly.”
Kool & the Gang’s 2013 summer tour schedule also includes joining the Dave Matthews Band in Hershey, PA, July 13 at Hershey Park Stadium as well as headline dates throughout the US.
Unique pairings for Kool & The Gang don’t exist only on stage; their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time. With the explosion of hip-hop in the ’90s, Kool & the Gang’s incredible catalog of grooves has made them DJ favorites, and they are second only to R&B icon James Brown as sources of rap-music samples. The Hits Reloaded albumfound the band collaborating with such acolytes as Lil’ Kim, Sean Paul, Ashanti, and Blackstreet, among others.
Selling over 70 million albums worldwide the band influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, Kool & The Gang has earned two Grammy® Awards, seven American Music Awards and amassed 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. They have performed continuously longer than any R&B group in history.
“We are not over yet, we have other things we want to do—when my legs won’t run to those airports anymore then I might give up,” says band co-founder Ronald Khalis Bell.
As the purveyors of such booty-rocking standards as Jungle Boogie and Hollywood Swinging, the gang never fails to flex their funk – on both old-school workouts and hip-hop jams. Their music has been created by the same core players for over four decades: Robert “Kool” Bell, his brother Ronald Khalis Bell, their longtime friends Dennis “DT” Thomas and George “Funky” Brown. Other band members include, Clifford Adams, Lavelle Evans, Larry Gittens, Timothy Horton, Shawn McQuiller, Michael Ray and Curtis “Fitz” Williams.
Kool & The Gang will be supporting Kid Rock on select dates this summer. Fans can enjoy a flat rate of $20 to see Kool & The Gang and Kid Rock at any of the shows. Tickets for select cities will go on sale April 12th through Live Nation.