5 Questions: Ronald Bell of Kool & the Gang

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To purchase tickets to see Kool & the Gang at the Lynn Auditorium on June 2nd visit www.lynnauditorium.com

5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –

Kool & the Gang, officially launched in 1969, after performing for five years under various band titles, has influenced the music of three generations and, at the age of 49, the band has become true recording industry legends.

Thanks to iconic songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums.

Today, the group enjoys global fame and recognition and a following that spans generations due in part to the groups widely sampled catalogue. They continues to delight fans around the globe with their timeless hits and amazing live performances.

SD: Looking back on 55 years of the band, would you change anything?

RB: No, because I can’t. It’s been a great run. If I knew how to change things, I don’t know If I would say maybe we would be more successful or less successful. Maybe some of the other members would want to change things, but for me, it has all been good.   

SD: What is the story behind your hit song “Celebration”?

RB: I was reading the scripture about how the Creator had called the angels together to witness the creation of mankind. I was inspired how they were celebrating him for his creation of Adam. I thought, “Wow, that’s deep.” The song came from that story.    

SD: Do you still get as much joy out of touring as you did in the beginning?

RB: All depends on where we are going. Touring has always been hard even when we first started. It is always tiring and challenging to move so many people from show to show. The joy is in the journey and when we get on stage and complete the mission then we are happy.

SD: As a songwriter, where do you find your inspiration?

RB: Everything can be inspiring. You just have to look for it. Inspiration is everywhere; it’s constant. We have to be in tune with the universe.     

SD: Any new projects that you are working on?

RB: All the time. We want to release a boxset of our music by 2020. We are working on a documentary and maybe a Broadway play. Also, I wouldn’t mind making a movie too. 


For more information on Kool and the Gang visit, www.koolandthegang.com and to purchase tickets to see them at the Lynn Auditorium on June 2nd visit, www.lynnauditorium.com

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