TAMPA - Former Rare Earth drummer and Tampa Bay musician, Jerry LeBloch, will be the featured artist on WPRN 102.1 FM's "local Artist Hour" segment which will air on Wednesday, November 6th at 4:00pm. This will be LeBloch's first public appearance and interview since he underwent surgery for his stage-4 colon cancer back on July 8th.
LeBloch was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer in June of this year. On July 7th, several local music promotions united to co-promote a benefit concert for LeBloch that was held at the Historic Porpoise Pub in Seminole. The following day, July 8th, LeBloch underwent surgery in an attempt to remove the cancer.
On Wednesday's "Local Artist Hour", LeBloch will most likely talk about his recovery, the July 7th benefit concert, his past with Rare Earth and other bands he's played with, and his future plans as well, now that he is on the road to recovery.
Fans can watch LeBloch's interview live, online by going to www.hanginwiththehoff.com or www.radiobarandgrill.com. Fans can also watch the enterview live and in-person by visiting the WPRN 102.1 FM studio which is located inside the Radio Bar and Grill at 2806 E. Busch Blvd in Tampa, one block west of Busch Gardens.
About Jerry LeBloch:
A Member of both the Michigan Rock Hall of Fame, and the Motown Records' Hall of Fame, Jerry LeBloch has toured all over the world with many great bands... seven of those years, and over a thousand of those gigs being with Motown Records' legendary Rare Earth.
Originally from Flint, Michigan, Jerry LeBloch started playing drums when he was 14 years old. He joined his first band, The Mid-Nite Sonz, when he was 15 years old, playing at local High Schools.
At 17, LeBloch was kicked out of his house because he refused to cut his hair. It was at that time when legendary guitarist and songwriter, Dick Wagner, took in the young drummer. LeBloch would eventually go on to play with Wagner in The Frost, and also become the bands Road Manager from 1967 - 1971 as well.
“That's how I got my start in music... My First Big Break!” - Jerry LeBloch
In 1986 LeBloch joined Motown recording act, Rare Earth, replacing Bob Weaver as the bands drummer. LeBloch recorded one album with Rare Earth, 1989's Made in Switzerland (Line LICD 90086500). During his tenure with Rare Earth, LeBloch appeared on the "Rock 'n' Roll Palace" tv show (The Nashville Network), hosted by legendary DJ, Wolfman Jack.
Aside from his tenure with Rare Earth, The Frost, and The Mid-Nite Sonz, LeBloch had also played with countless other bands and artists throughout his career as well. Other bands and artists include: Justice Myles, The Rollers, Wayne Cochran and the C C Riders, LeBloch Bellenger and Strickler (LBS), Gold Fever, Command Performance, Cornell Gunthier and "The World Famous Coasters", Bill Pickneys' "The Drifters", The Platters, The Rockouts, The Jerry LeBloch Band, Johnny Rocket, and The Doc Woodward Band.
“My Journey in Music and Life have taken me All Over The Globe! ...And It's Been a Great Ride!” - Jerry LeBloch
In recent years, LeBloch had produced and directed his own radio show; "The Jerry LeBloch Show", which aired for four hours every Friday night on WQRZ-LP 103.5 FM in Mississippi.
“I started my work at WQRZ, a radio station in Southern, MS... They started dubbing me, "The Rock Historian", and, that's nice and all but... my experiences in life are real... and... All I know is that I have been very blessed to have lived my dream!” - Jerry LeBloch
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