The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 14, 2014

Little River Band brings big history to Downstream Casino

JOPLIN, Mo. — One of Australia's great bands, with as much movement as the river for which it was named, will perform Saturday at Downstream Casino.

Little River Band is the definition of a supergroup: In the '70s, its founding members came from several different popular Australian groups. But members of the band started moving in and out once it made its move to tour in America.

Unlike other popular acts from the '70s, Little River Band never stopped recording, regularly releasing 16 studio albums between 1975 and 2013.

The most popular of those albums were released betwen '77 and '81 -- four albums released in that time reached gold or platinum certification in the U.S. Songs such as "Help Is On Its Way," "Reminiscing" and "Lonesome Loser" fueled the success of those albums. Though without scoring any No. 1 hits in the U.S., the band set a record for having top 10 hits for six consecutive years.

The band's current lineup features bassist and lead singer Wayne Nelson, guitarists Greg Hind and Rich Herring, keyboardist Chris Marion and drummer Ryan Ricks.


Sold out; Straits added

Want to go to the Little River Band concert? That might be difficult: Tickets for the show at Downstream Casino have sold out. The concert is set for 8 p.m. Friday.

The casino has added another show to its winter lineup: The Straits, featuring two original members of Dire Straits, will perform alongside a host of musicians from around the world. The band, including original keyboardist Alan Clark and saxophonist Chris White, will perform the music of Dire Straits.

The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, March 21. Tickets range from $20 to $40 and go on sale today.

Details: 918-919-6000.

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