Jim Messina and Pablo Cruise
In 1975 Pablo Cruise released its first A&M album simply entitled Pablo Cruise. The album coverwas shot in the tropical gardens of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and it featured a hugegorilla standing front and center. The band, David Jenkins (guitars, vocals), CoryLerios(keyboards, vocals), Bud Cockerel (bass, vocals) and Steve Price (drums, percussion) wereno where in sight. At that point there was a bit of a mystique surrounding Pablo Cruise andwhen asked what Pablo Cruise meant, the well-rehearsed answer went something like this:“Pablo”, represents an honest, real, down to earth individual, and “Cruise” depicts his funloving, easy going attitude towards life: In essence that’s what Pablo Cruise music is all about.Honest, real down to earth vocals, accompanied by fun yet elegant, infectious grooves. To hearPablo Cruise on record is one thing, but to experience the band live is an exhilarating event!From 1975 to 1985 the band toured the United States, Canada and Japan extensively,welcoming fans to “Climb Aboard The Good Ship Pablo Cruise.” Reaching the top 10 with megahits like “Whatcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye?” and “Love Will Find A Way,”andseveral other top 20’s, the band went on to sell several million albums and singles collectivelyand established themselves as well respected writers and performers within the industry. Theyappeared on numerous TV shows, including Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, The Merv GriffinShow, The Dinah Shore Hour and in 1979 they broke Elvis Presley’s attendance record at theSahara Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, becoming the first rock band to play a casinoshowroom. They also became the first rock band to grace the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, butby 1985 after completing several national tours and releasing 7 studio albums in all, the banddecided to take a hiatus……one that lasted nearly 20 years.Fast forward 20 years…..In 2005 a reunited Pablo Cruise picked up where they left off and todaythe band performs all over the U.S. and Canada and they’re enjoying it more than ever….Sincegetting back together, they have released two live CD’s and a DVD all through Sony Musicdocumenting their exceptional live shows. “One of the great things about playing shows afterall these years is that the core band, David, Steve and myself are still here and lovin’ it, saysCory! Going out and playing shows these days gives us the opportunity to not only pay tributeto our timeless repertoire, it gives us a chance to see old friends and fans from back in the dayas well as gaining a whole new audience!” Today Pablo Cruise is bringing more energy andexcitement to the stage than ever before and with the addition of Larry Antonino and RobbieWyckoff, the band has never sounded better….. If you get an opportunity to see Pablo Cruiselive, don’t pass it up…… ”IT’S GOOD TO BE LIVE” www.pablocruise.comFounding MembersDAVID JENKINS (guitar, vocals)Throughout the late 80’s, original lead vocalist David Jenkins continued touring and garneredacclaim in world of country music with the slightly ahead of their time country-rock bandSouthern Pacific. As they racked up hits like “Midnight Highway,” the chart topper “New Shadeof Blue” and “Honey I Dare You” (co-written by Jenkins) the band toured all over the U.S. In1992 Dave connected with Hawaii’s native son Kapono Beamer, and in ’95 the duo released thealbum “Cruisin’ on Hawaiian Time,” that became a critics favorite as well as being nominatedfor Hawaii’s prestigious Hoku Award for “Album Of The Year”. Dave has recorded withmany music industry greats such as: Micky Hart, Buddy Miles, The Jefferson Starship, HueyLewis, The Doobie Bros. to name just a few!….Since ’99 Jenkins has joined forces with thecomposite group, Rock & Pop Masters, that includes some of thegreat singers of the ’70’s and ’80’s. In May of 2011, Dave traveled to Iraq to perform for thetroops with Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Bill Champlin (Chicago)… The troops were thrilled to havethem even though the band barely escaped being blown off the stage…. for real!!! (Dave’scredits) http://jaimekylemusic.com/www.Jaimekylemusic.com/Dave_Jenkins.htmlCORY LERIOS (keys, vocals)Pianist, vocalist Cory Lerios decided to turn his writing and producing skills to Film andTelevision. In 1986 he landed his first scoring opportunity when he was asked to write themusic for the now “cult classic” “One Crazy Summer” starring Demi Moore and John Cusack. In1987 Lerios landed his first network series, scoring ABC’s critically acclaimed “Max Headroom.”ABC’s “O’Hara and “Police Story” immediately followed. Writing to “picture” became Cory’snew found passion and in 1989 Cory partnered with long time friend and composer JohnD’Andrea. Together they formed Lerios D’Andrea Musicworks and aside from scoring 300episodes of “Baywatch,” they garnered several Emmy Nominations and won the coveted awardfor “Music Direction for soap “Days Of Our Lives.” Lerios D’Andrea Musicworks went on toproduce countless hours of TV scores and themes including “Diagnosis Murder,”“Flipper,” and“Marshall Law.” In 2005 Lerios and D’Andrea parted ways and Cory has continued to writethemes and underscore for several shows including Disney’s “Kim Possible,” Universal’s “LandBefore Time.” In 2015 Cory released an EP under his pseudonym, “CoryCharles” corycharles.com entitled “If I Could Change Anything, It Would Be You.” (Cory’s creditswww.corylerios.comNew MembersLARRY ANTONINO (bass, vocals)Bassist and vocalist extraordinaire Larry Antonino is a very busy musician and aside fromplaying with Pablo Cruise, Larry has kepthis calendar full through the years, playing with the some of music’s finest. Air Supply, BarryManilow, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Beck andAl Jarreu, Jennifer Holiday, Bobby Caldwell all share one thing in common and that’s LarryAntonino. Larry also had a classic role inthe Tom Hanks movie “That Thing You Do” where he appeared as “The Wolfman”…. If you sawthe movie, Larry’s role wasunforgettable! Pablo Cruise is thrilled to have him on board as his rich vocals and extraordinarybass playing fills out the PabloCruise signature sound! (Larry’s credits) www.facebook.com/larryantoninoROBBIE WYCKOFF (vocals, percussion)The newest member of Pablo Cruise, Robbie Wyckoff, Lead Vocals and percussion has a hugehistory in not only live performance,but television and film as well. Robbie recently finished up 5 years of international touring withThe Roger Waters Band. (Pink Floyd) Robbie has also shared the stage with Michael McDonald,Keith Emerson, The Gregg Rolie Band, Jackson Brown, and Barbara Streisand to name a few. Hisvoice can be heard on several Disney T.V. series including Phineas and Ferb, The Emperor’s NewSkool, The Replacements and he’s appeared on The Voice, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Assoon as Robbie hit the stage with his amazingly powerful voice and presence it was as if he’dbeen singing with Pablo Cruise since it’s inception! (Robbie’s credits) www.robbiewyckoff.comSERGIO GONZALEZ (drums, percussion)Veteran Drummer, Sergio Gonzalez has played, recorded and performed live with many topartists including Jennifer Lopez, Queen Larifah, Steve Martin, Gavin Degraw, Don Was, Jessie Jand Keb Mo. Simply said, Sergio likes to hit things. A professional “hit man” if you will, but hehits them in such and extraordinary way, that it has allowed him to perform all over the world,twice over. He has performed privately for the Queen of England and the Sultan of Brunei. Afterhigh school he was invited to play with a traveling gospel group and traveled around the worldfor three years. His highlight was playing in Bethlehem, Israel on Christmas Eve. Soon after thathe auditioned for the main show Band at Walt Disney World in Florida, working there for threeyears, then transferring over to Disneyland, California for three more years. It was there wherehe started meeting and playing with some very talented and special friends whom he is verygrateful to have in his life. Sergio’s has a vast range of experience from World music, Jazz, R&B,Rock and Latin meld together to create his unique and personal style and groove. Sergiocontinues to make his mark in the music industry currently performing with the band PabloCruise. (Sergio’s credits) www.sergiodrums.com
Jim Messina – BioAn undisputed expert in the fine art of making hit music, Jim Messina’s legacy of musical genius spans five decades, three super groups, a vibrant solo career and scores of producing and engineering credits. While acting as producer/audio engineer for Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield, Messina ultimately joined the band as its bass player. When “the Springfield” disbanded in 1968, Jim and fellow bandmate Richie Furay formed Poco. With Jim on lead guitar, Poco defined a new musical genre, Country Rock. After three successful albums, Jim was ready for a change and left to return to his passion for producing music. He signed as an independent producer with Columbia Records. In November 1970, the Columbia asked Jim to work with an unknown Kenny Loggins. While helping Kenny get ready for a record and touring, the two discovered that they worked well together and Jim agreed to sit in on Kenny’s first album. Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In was released in November of 1971 and an accidental duo was formed. Over the next seven years, Loggins & Messina released eight hit albums, had scores of hit songs and sold over 16 million albums. They had become one of rock’s most successful recording duos ever, but it was time for the duo to go their separate ways. After a series of celebrated solo acoustic tours, Jim formed a band made of acclaimed musicians who have played with him at various points in his career. His latest release, In the Groove, includes selected hits from all three of Jim’s previous bands, as well as several of his solo works. Touring the country and playing sold-out shows, Jim says that he’s enjoying discovering who he is, where he’s been and, most significantly, where he’s going.