Pablo Cruise formed in San Francisco back in 1973 with original band members David Jenkins (guitar and vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards and vocals), Steve Price (drums) and Larry Antonino (bass and vocals).
The band went on to produce eight studio albums before splitting up in 1986. In 2004 all four original band members reunited and in 2011 released their latest album, “It’s Good to Be Live,” but more on that in a minute.
Kicking off their set with “Worlds Away” and “A Place in the Sun,” all four members appeared to be having a good time as fans were singing along. After their second song, Lerios started joking about having to take a nap after two songs since they were getting older.
The audience continued to sing along throughout their set, as they went on to perform “El Verano” and “Raging Fire.”
Guitar tech Thomas Garske had a proud moment when Jenkins swapped his electric guitar for a brand-spanking new hand-made custom acoustic guitar. Earlier this year Garske attended the Phoenix based Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and produced two custom guitars. He included an inlay of Pablo Cruise’s classic palm tree on the neck of each guitar. It was obviously a proud moment for both guitar maker and guitar player.
They ended the night with “Whatcha Gonna Do” and “Ocean Breeze.”
On July 9 and 10 of 2010, Pablo Cruise descended on drummer Steve Price’s hometown of Loomis as they performed at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, recording both a DVD and CD for their latest album “It’s Good to Be Live.”
According to Price, he credits his wife Nancy for getting the band back together. Price said Nancy used to be a big fan of Pablo Cruise, so when the two married back in 2004 Price brought the band together to perform at his wedding. The couple moved to Loomis shortly after, with Price telling the Loomis News, “The community and the people — we really like it.”