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Spin Doctors at Campus Martius, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Spin Doctors were a hit out of the box -- albeit one that hasn’t sustained that level of success.

More importantly, however, the New York rock quartet HAS sustained.

The group scored quickly with its five-times platinum debut album “Pocket Full Of Kryptonite” and its hits “Two Prince” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” Things dovetailed quickly on the commercial front, but the group has remained together through five more albums -- most recently “If the River Was Whiskey” in 2013 -- and is still active on the touring front.

So while kryptonite may have felled Superman, it’s never Spin Doctors seem made of sturdier stuff...

• Frontman Chris Barron revels in the fact Spin Doctors is still together and can maintain a career without having to worry about new hit singles -- or new material altogether. “We’ve got this great, fun, lucrative thing where we’re all really good friends and we go eat steaks together and we know each other’s kids and we’ve been together 30 years and we’ve got this big, loud rock band that’s in the classic trio with a dynamic frontman kind of template, like the Who or Led Zeppelin.” Barron (nee Gross), 49, says by phone from his home in Manhattan. “That’s not to put ourselves in that category or echelon with those guys, but it’s something that works and people keep wanting to come see, which is a blessing.”

• Barron says he’d like to see Spin Doctors release a new album to follow-up 2013’s blues-flavored “If The River Was Whiskey,” but the group is currently fixated on live work. “We’ve basically hit this nice stride where all summer long we’re playing to gigs, mostly on the weekends, and rack up the miles,” he explains. “We go out to a nice dinner, drink a nice bottle of wine, go rock our asses off and get great feedback on the show. It’s still energetic and entertaining and fun. We’re a band people think of as ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’ and ‘Two Princes,’ but then we come out and play some blues and have a pretty deep repertoire of really varied songs. We like to surprise people that way.”

• Meanwhile, Barron will be releasing his third solo album, “One-Armed Jugglers,” on October 20. “I’m a very prolific songwriter,” Barron explains, “and I have this gigantic backlog of eclectic songs that would never necessarily work for the Spin Doctors. I wanted to make a solo record for a really long time, just as a creative outlet. So here it is. I think people know me as the guy in the goofy hat from Spin Doctors; Only my old friends know me as a singer-songwriter with a guitar, just playing solo acoustic. I feel a lot of solo artists put out a record and it’ll just be, ‘Oh, look how brooding and deep I am’ or whatever. It’s super-indulgent. We wanted to make a record that goes through different moods and something that was kind of beautiful and interesting but also entertaining.” always entertaining.”

If You Go:

• Spin Doctors at PARKtoberfest

• 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22

• Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

• Admission is free.

• Visit DowntownDetroitParks.com.

Web Site: www.DowntownDetroitParks.com

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