LAYTON - It’s two great sounds that sound even better together.
Bo Bice, a singer and musician best known for his time on “American Idol,” has teamed up with the well-known jazz rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears. They’ll show off their combined power on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton, in a show that mixes the biggest hits of both.
“He’s a perfect fit for the band,” said Frank Dorr, the longtime manager for Blood, Sweat and Tears. “We do all the hits we’re famous for, and Bo has some of his tunes he sings. It’s just a special night.”
Blood, Sweat and Tears was first formed in 1967, though the roster of band members has shifted considerably since then. Some of their biggest hits include “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die,” and the Grammy Award-winning “Spinning Wheel.”
When band members heard Bice singing “Spinning Wheel” on “American Idol,” they got in contact with him. Eventually, they talked him into performing some concerts with them.
“The audience response was so overwhelming, we asked him if he wanted to do a few more,” said Dorr, who attends all the band’s concerts. “Then we got to talking, and thought ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have him in the band?’”
Bice has been touring with the group as their lead singer for the past year. His “American Idol” fanbase fits in well with “Blood, Sweat and Tears” own, which includes both original fans and younger budding musicians who have used the band’s music to learn chords.
“We’re one of those lucky bands because our demographic is so wide,” said Dorr. “We have fans as old as 85 and as young as 15.”
Reactions have been so positive, in fact, that the group is planning to record a new album for the first time since 1972.
“It’s going really well,” said Dorr. “We’ve written about half of it.”
Until then, the concerts are the only way to hear Bice and Blood Sweat and Tears together.
“The response has been spectacular,” said Dorr.
Tickets and more information are available online at davisarts.org.