KOOL & THE GANG
Kool and the Gang heats Barcelona again
When the Bell brothers, Robert and Ronald, were only teenagers, back in the 60s, they already knew that music was going to be their life. Used to meet at home legends such as Thelonius Monk or Miles Davis, friends of their parents’, it isn’t difficult to guess what their early influences were. But jazz was only a platform to take off from: they formed their own band, Kool & The Gang (Robert’s nickname is ‘Kool’), and started the 70s playing funk, soul and R&B. And disco, a genre in which they would end up being a reference. After making their debut in 1969, they burst onto the charts with their third album (“Wild and Peaceful”, 1973), which included some instant classics, such as “Jungle Boogie”, which got directly to the top 10 in the United States and would later be used by Quentin Tarantino in his cult film “Pulp Fiction.”
Today, after years of ostracism, funk music is again on the dance floors and in the charts. The arrival of Kool & The Gang in Pedralbes represents a unique opportunity to meet the pioneers of this movement. In their set-list, of course, fans will find the hits that had put them in the forefront of black music in the 80s, songs like the smooth and suggestive “Ladies’ Night”, the catchy “Get Down on It”, or their biggest commercial success, “Celebration”, a song you can’t escape from without a smile on your face.
With a powerful live show, Kool & the Gang is used to play in front of big audiences. Immersed in an American tour, with the arrival of summer they will fly to Europe. Three years later, Pedralbes welcomes them back. The city still remembers the last time Kool and his band visited it, back in 2014.