Lonnie Jordan, War’s sole remaining founding member, is “totally honored” that the group is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s next class. But he also thinks there’s more to War than rock ’n’ roll.
“I consider us as being a universal street band — that goes beyond rock ’n’ roll, Latin, reggae, funk, gospel, name it. I think we are beyond all of that,” says the keyboardist, who continues to lead an incarnation of the group that came to fame working with Animals singer Eric Burdon and then scored ’70s hits such as “The World is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “Low Rider.”
“I think we were always ahead of our time. We were a jam band, and we went where no man went. Actually, we didn’t know where we were going; we just got going, ‘Turn the tape on and let’s go!’ No fear.”
Jordan’s current version of War has just released a new album and DVD, “Greatest Hits Live,” which he says was a move to establish the latest lineup before it gets to work on a new set of original material for 2009. A reunion album and tour with Burdon also are planned, and Jordan says he’s confident that what he has lives up to the legacy of what came before.
“With this band, I told them the stories and they have the same attitude,” Jordan explains. “They understand that War was a movement back in the ’70s, with our messages and our music.
“And that’s basically what we are now. These guys are humble, and they’re hungry. That’s a good thing. That’s the same concept. We’re a movement again.”
War performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday (Oct. 31) and Saturday (Nov. 1), and 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 2)at Arturo’s Jazz Theatre & Restaurant, 25333 W. 12 Mile Road in the AMC Star Theatre Complex. Tickets are $50 for table seating, $65 for booth seating. Call (248) 357-6009 or visit www.arturosjazz.com.
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