LITTLE RIVER BAND was the first Australian band to successfully conquer foreign markets from an Australian base. Within eight months of their birth, LRB had already scored three Australian Top 20 singles and two Top Ten albums. In 1976, after their self-titled debut album was released in the USA, the long grind of 13 US tours in eight years had begun.By 1982 they became the only act –from anywhere– to have a top ten US single for six consecutive years. Headlining their own major shows in America, and touring internationally with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Supertramp, America, and The Eagles was a huge learning curve that honed LRB into one of the finest live bands in the world. Record success ran alongside –total record sales around the world have eclipsed the 25 million mark.
16 hit singles by 1985, as well as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum album sales awards. All-told LRB have notched up eight top 10 singles in the US, where just two of their songs, Reminiscing and Lady, have more than 8 million radio plays between them.The Little River Band of 2005 is stronger than ever; there is a new element of youthfulness and vitality, anchored by leader and consummate guitarist Stephen Housden, an LRB mainstay for 25 consecutive years, and American bass player Wayne Nelson, who began his LRB career in 1980. The following year Wayne debuted as lead vocalist on the top ten hits The Night Owls and Take It Easy On Me, and continues in that role today. Stephen and Wayne have more years of service than anyone throughout the band’s illustrious history.Throw in Housden’s remarkable guitar playing, and the additional songwriting talents of all the members, and it’s easy to see why audiences still go as crazy for this band today as they did 30 years ago.
In 2004 alone more than 100 shows were played out from New Zealand to Canada, with the USA covered as never before. From Portland to Fort Lauderdale and New York to LA, fans of the band were treated to an entertaining mix of classic songs and new material, delivered as always with that trademark LRB blend of impeccable vocals, soaring harmonies, kick-ass playing and the unmistakable feeling of a band really enjoying itself.LRB continues to look to the future, and according to Housden “the band is sounding better than ever and can’t wait to get back on stage each night”. Capacity crowds across America and beyond continue to attest the enduring appeal of Little River Band…on CD and in concert. Through the years LRB has thrived as a highly respected and constantly in-demand outfit, going about their craft with a dedication to excellence and professionalism that few, if any, can match.