Marshall Crenshaw’s performance tonight alongside the Detroit River comes with a healthy dose of nostalgia.
It was in the summer of 1982 that the Berkley-raised rocker, basking in the success of his first album and the singles “Someday, Someway” and “Cynical Girl,” played before an overflow hometown crowd at Hart Plaza.
“That was a really memorable experience,” says Crenshaw, 53, who didn’t sleep the night before the show, waiting to hear “Someday, Someway” on Windsor’s CKLW-AM.
“I remember there was a picture on the front page of the newspaper the next day, of me with these thousands of people in the background and the river off in the distance. The caption said, ‘Rock star Marshall Crenshaw ...’ I thought that was pretty cool.”
Much has happened for Crenshaw since then, of course — 11 albums, a book (“Hollywood Rock”), acting (“La Bamba”) and scoring (“Sex and the City”). In the past year he released a best-of collection and contributed tracks to a Beatles tribute (“All Together Now”) and the “For New Orleans” benefit project. He’s also “seriously considering” a new album.
“I’m in a really great frame of mind these days,” reports Crenshaw, who resides in upstate New York with his wife and their two children. “I’ve got a couple little hustles going on, in the works. I never talk about stuff until it’s real, ’cause you never know.
“Show business is wacky, y’know? But I’m still in it, so I’m making it work somehow.”
Marshall Crenshaw performs at 8 p.m. Friday (July 13th) at Rockin’ on the Riverfront at the GM Renaissance Center Riverfront Plaza in downtown Detroit. Admission is free. Call (313) 567-3126 or visit www.gmrencen.com.
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