Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continues to tour year-round and deliver amazing, high-energy performances. “I realized some time ago that the key to the BoDeans identity is the fans’ connection to our music—nowhere is that more evident or rewarding as when we come together live. We love to connect with the fans who have supported us for so long and who have brought us so much inspiration,” said Kurt Neumann, the band’s founder and frontman. “We will continue to play as long as they continue to come out and sing along.” Chart-topping songs such as “Fadeaway,” “Only Love,” and “Dreams” won them Rolling Stone’s Readers Poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and they were part of a small contingent of bands that inspired a new radio format known as adult album alternative (also known as triple A).
Their reputation for delivering a dynamic live show garnered support slots with U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, the Pretenders, and David Bowie, as well as appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, and ACL, among others. They have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Today, Imus in the Morning, CNN, ESPN, and many more. In the nearly thirty years that followed, the band released several albums that embody multiple songs played heavily on the radio, in TV shows and movies, and defined a sound that a generation embraced―songs such as “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Closer to Free,” “Stay,” “American,” and “All the World,” which was recently featured on CMT. Members of the original BoDeans now reside in a small group of bands that have managed to survive the ups and downs of the industry, remaining true to their sound and their style for nearly three decades.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum features the band as part of its permanent display in the Midwest Artists exhibit. The summer of 2013 marked the return of legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has played with the band both live and in the studio off and on for decades. Many of the band’s biggest hits feature Aronoff on drums.
BoDeans have a permanent place in Milwaukee music history as one of the most popular bands to come out of the city.
Not surprising was this band living up to its reputation as one of the best live acts of our time. Outstanding songs and harmonies. Musically tight, diverse, and adventurous.