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'Whatcha Gonna Do' as Pablo Cruise comes to Atlanta

Rick Limpert gets an exclusive interview with Pablo Cruise keyboardist, Cory Lerios, as "Pablo Cruise" plays Atlanta with Yacht Rock Revue and others on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Piedmont Park.

For the first time in a long time, Pablo Cruise to play Atlanta
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It's been a long time since the 1970s and 80s hitmakers, Pablo Cruise, have played Atlanta; so long, that keyboard player, Cory Lerios, can't remember the last time they made their way down Peachtree Street.

But after a quick tour through the northeast part of the country earlier this year, they will best at their best this week in the ATL.

"The hits are always automatic (as) the audience knows the hits," said Lerios in an interview leading up to the Atlanta date. "We hadn't been on the East Coast for such a long time and they were such hardcore fans it was just great to play. We will play deep cuts, but the audience sings along with the hits."

You will remember their hits in "Love Will Find a Way," "A Place in the Sun," "Cool Love" and the remake of "I Go To Rio," but my question is "Whatcha Gonna Do" on the night of Saturday, July 19?

Unlike most other bands that had a run in the 70s and 80s, maybe one or two original members remain to tour, but with Pablo Cruise, you get three out of the four original members.

"Pablo Cruise never really broke up," explains Lerios. "We just went different ways. Dave and I went off in different directions. As we got older and had done other things- we have this (Pablo Cruise) in out back pocket and three of the four guys are still around to play. It's great fun and it keeps it fresh."

Lerios also admitted that if he wasn't sharing a stage with Jenkins, Price and now Antonino, they wouldn't be out touring.

"If it wasn't all us guys together, we wouldn't be out. We all get along well."

Lerios laughed when I mentioned that it seems the most press Pablo Cruise had received in a number of years was from actor, Will Ferrell wearing a Pablo Cruise t-shirt in the movie Step Brothers.

"What happened was, once the movie came out, a publicist got in touch with me after seeing the trailer," said Lerios. " Yes, Will Ferrell was wearing a Pablo Cruise t-shirt. If it was a couple years later we would've had a DVD or CD to sell. The response and interviews and excitement was amazing. Jimmy Kimmell had the guys on his show and they came out and sang "Whatcha Gonna Do." We played at the premiere and they asked the band to walk down the red carpet. I personally didn't want to do it (because) people asked what are you here for and I say we have this t-shirt."

One song Atlantans will enjoy will be "Atlanta June."

I asked Lerios about how that song came to be.

"Steve Price, our drummer and our drummer since day one, was dating a girl named June from Atlanta. He sat down with Dave Jenkins one night and they pounded it out."

So, I ask you again, "Whatcha Gonna Do" this Saturday night?

The answer should be, that you will come out and see Lerios and his bandmates, Dave Jenkins, Steve Price and Larry Antonino at Piedmont Park with Yacht Rock Revue and a gaggle of other musicians.

Pablo Cruise, Gary Wright, Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss of Player, Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special, Walter Egan and Robbie Dupree are all on the bill, Saturday, July 19. General Admission for $35.

The Yacht Rock Revival will be set on a stage in the meadow of Piedmont Park, looking out over the beautiful Midtown Atlanta skyline. The side of the hill is reserved for blanket seating and with ample space in the meadow, every attendee will be able to find a comfort zone or their "Place in the Sun" for fun night of music.

Check out Yacht Rock Revue at www.pleaserock.com and Pablo Cruise at www.pablocruise.com.