‘Never Been Any Reason’ not to see Head East perform

You may not know them by name, but you’ve more than likely heard at least one of their hits, which include “Never Been Any Reason” and “Since You Been Gone.” The band is Head East, which will be playing The Calumet Theatre Saturday night.

While the band doesn’t tour like they used to in the 70s and 80s, they still average between 20 and 25 shows a summer and even more when the whole year is taken into account.

Roger Boyd, keyboardist for the band, has been with the group since its inception and said that people who may have seen their show years ago can expect that same level of energy and excitement that a Head East show became known for.

“We’ve always been considered one of the best live bands,” Boyd said. “…It’s just a real good, upbeat show.”

The band will also be promoting their latest album, “Raise a Little Hell,” which was released last month. The album will include four new songs, as well as several Head East classics that were recorded live in concert.

But despite the years between their first album, “Flat as a Pancake,” which was released in 1975 and went platinum and their latest one, Head East has not changed their signature rock ‘n’ roll sound that fans have come to know and love.

“The sound is the same,” Boyd said. “We wanted to try and capture on this record that energy we get in a live concert between the musician and the audience. That’s really special. I think it’s one of the best records we’ve ever done.”

Boyd was also able to corroborate the story that the name Head East was the creation of a roadie who had been tripping on acid.

By today’s standards and the inclusion of social media, Head East can’t compete with some of today’s top performers, but Boyd believes there’s still a decent sized fanbase out there for the band.

“I think it’s solid, but I wouldn’t say it’s huge by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “But our fanbase is the best.”

But Head East has always seen its best numbers in terms of concert goers in the midwest, according to Boyd, which is where he believes people are into rock ‘n’ roll the most.

For having been touring off and on for over 40 years, Boyd has never tired of being on the road and enjoys using the opportunity to see friends all over the country, naming Denver, upstate New York and Seattle as a few examples.

Head East has always found success in their live shows, but the same cannot be said for their studio albums. While their first album went platinum, further success remained somewhat elusive as future albums did not sell as well. However, Boyd would not be willing to trade in the success he and Head East have gotten for their live shows in exchange for better selling studio albums.

“I’m much more into the serendipitous nature of live (music), where stuff comes together,” Boyd said. ” We’ll always be much more a live band.”

Having played so many different venues and over 5,000 concerts, Boyd said he still doesn’t tire of playing his biggest hits, like “Never Been Any Reason” and cites the fan reaction to the songs as to why he loves to play them.

“When you hit the opening of it and the crowd explodes, it’s like hitting a homerun in a national league baseball game,” Boyd said. “How anyone ever gets tired of that, I don’t know. I don’t.”

Head East is slated to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Calumet Theatre. Tickets for the performance can be purchased through the theatre and are $28 or $23 with a member’s discount.