Popular 1970s band Nine Lives will perform again on stage for the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration at Seattle Center. Nine Lives was a Seattle dance band that played from 1970 to 1972, influenced by the sounds of Chicago, Buddy Miles, Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone, and Cold Blood. Unlike other bands at the time, Nine Lives started as a big band and remained big, because band members loved the bold and full sound that came with a large band. Fans can look forward to classic songs from the 1970s. After the band members parted ways in 1972, they went off to finish college, develop their respective careers, and start their own families. Their first reunion performance was in 2008, with two more following in 2009.
Nine Lives lost a band member recently. Lester Iwana passed away in Hawaii, and many of the band members came together for his funeral. With the size of the band, and lack of time, the upcoming performance may be their last. “As most of us are age wise, in our 50s and 60s, this is likely to be the last time we play together, as we all have busy lives,” said founding band member Ken Kubota. “We want the fans and old friends to come out and dance one more time!” (end)
Nine Lives will perform at the Seattle Center on Sunday, May 6, 2012, as part of the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. For more information, visit www.seattleapi.com.