"Every tune we aimed for radio 'cause we didn't know which one was going to be a hit... And fortunately we got 'em," says Lewis of the News' 1983 album
Revisiting 1983's "Sports" album for its 30th anniversary this year has put Huey Lewis & the News into a mindset of yesteryear.
"It's funny," Lewis tells Billboard. "When we wrote those songs, there was no Internet, no cell phone, on personal computers and the music business was completely different. It's obviously the same lifetime, but it feels like another era, entirely. It's kind of fun to get back into it."
Lewis and company are doing just that this year. On May 14 the group will release a "Sports (30th Anniversary Edition)," featuring the remastered original album as well as a second disc featuring live versions of "Sports' " nine songs, curated by guitarist-saxophonist Johnny Colla and dating from the mid-80s to renditions of "You Crack Me Up" and Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues" that were performed just this year. The group then kicks off a Sports 30th Anniversary Tour on May 10 in New Brunswick, N.J., that will roll through the summer.