After a Chicago band named Koala (!) split up, Wayne moved to LA in 1978 where he joined Jim Messina’s band. Messina and Little River Band toured together in ’79. LRB asked Nelson to join for their next tour of Australia, Europe, and America. 30 years later, Nelson has seen many musicians and singers come in and out of the LRB family. His view on all those lineup changes…”In all these years with LRB, I’ve sung, played, and rearranged our music with many different lineups, each with a different interpretation and style. This group of guys is unique in that we all cut our teeth on the same types of music when we were young. We have the utmost respect for the history of the band, and for what Little River Band songs mean to our fans…but we always look for a way to bring something new to the stage. We have fun exploring new ways to deliver the songs – recognizable and powerful, with new twists that will delight those fans who like to listen deep and analyze
Wayne Nelson has also wrote/co-wrote many songs, as well as co-produced their most recent album (with guitar playing Rich Herring) – Cuts Like a Diamond. Nelson has never taken any formal music lessons, and instead learned everything he knows by jumping right into the music scene.
In the late 70’s, Nelson while in Messina’s band and opening for Little River Band, LRB’s management invited Nelson to join the famed Australian band and he officially became a member in April 1980. In addition to playing bass, Nelson was the lead
singer of the band’s hit – The Night Owls. He also shared lead vocals on another LRB hit – Take it Easy on Me. He was absent from the band between 1996 and 1999.
The first really big show Nelson performed with the LRB took place in an outside venue in Germany. They were playing with Fleetwood Mac and Bob Marley, with more than 120,000 people in the crowd that day.
40th Anniversary Tour:
2015 is the launch of the Little River Band’s (LRB) new album. This is their 40th anniversary tour and they started the year with sold out performances in all cities.The band also set a record for having Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years – the first band to achieve that mark. And according to BMI, ‘Reminiscing’ has garnered rare status with over 5 million airplays on America radio with ‘Lady’ close behind with over 4 million airplays. LRB was rightfully inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.
Proceeds going to the Green Beret Foundation:
Little River Band are also doing their bit for charity – 100% of the proceeds from the track “The Lost and The Lonely” (from their new album) are being dedicated to the Green Beret Foundation. The Lost and The Lonely honor our fallen soldiers.
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