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Graham Parker says Rumour reunion has staying power

For Journal Register Newspapers

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The reunion of Graham Parker & the Rumour after more than 30 years -- which includes a new album, "Three Chords Good," and an "out of the blue" cameo in the Judd Apatow film "This is 40" -- is nothing the group expected, even as recently as two years ago.

But now, with it raging "full-on, high gear," Parker says he and his bandmates are happy to see the impact it's having.

"It's all been going well, no question," says Parker, 62, whose five albums with the Rumour between 1976-80 included the seminal "Squeezing Out Sparks" in 1979. "It's seemed to bring a lot of joy to people that we've put this back on the road and made a record. It's all a positive thing. It's not something I ever planned and it just kind of fell into place, and to see the reaction of people is quite extraordinary."

Parker and company will be giving those fans more to react to in the near future, too. A long-in-the-making documentary, "Don't Ask Me Questions," recently premiered in the group's native Britain, and Parker is currently looking to show it in the U.S. as well as distribute it via DVD. Meanwhile, more of the Rumour's performance in "This is 40" is included as bonus material on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film. And the group did recorded one of its concerts last fall that may see release in the future.

Paker -- a British native who resides in upstate New York -- isn't dismissing the possibility of another album with the Rumour, either.

"We're still taking it a step at a time," he says. "Whenever I turn around and think of somethign, somethign else pops up that has to be addressed right now. We've got a lot of stuff in the pipeline already, so that all has to be dealt with first.

"So it's not quiet looking like you'll see the end of us any time soon. And my pen is active -- let's put it that way. We'll see what that turns into."

Graham Parker & the Rumour perform Tuesday, April 16, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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