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Playing Around: The Jeff Healey Band



At the age of 19, Jeff Healey had the dubious honor of sharing the stage with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins at Toronto's Albert Hall. Not too long after that, the young, blind bluesman formed his own band, recruiting bassist Joe Rockman and drummer Tom Stephen. The trio called themselves, simply, the Jeff Healey Band.

Though the group toured extensively from 1985 to '87, building up their name and fan base, their big break came in 1988 when they were signed to Arista Records and again, in 1989 when they were cast in the movie Road House. They were the guys onstage in the background as Patrick Swayze was kicking ass. At the same time, the band cut its first album, See the Light, and scored a top 10 hit with "Confidence Man."

While the band has laid low for the past few years, they haven't been complacent. In 1995, they appeared on Baywatch Nights with hunk David Hasselhoff. In 1996, they worked on the soundtrack for Glimmer Man, and 1998 saw the release of their fifth album.

They're now back on the road with a vengeance, bringing their searing blues to the Colorado Music Hall. Catch their performance while you can. Tickets are $16 (subject to service charge).

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