Rocker-crooner Isaak to play Ann Arbor showWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When Chris Isaak takes the stage, it’s going to get hot and heavy — especially if he’s wearing his mirror ball-like suit.
“My mirror suit weighs about 35 pounds, and they literally have to wipe it down with Windex after the shows,” the singer-songwriter wrote in an e-mail from a tour stop.
The clean-cut rocker is on the road to support “Live at the Fillmore,” which was released in June.
“I love to play live; I must love it because I haven’t missed one show in 25 years. When you have a great band, it’s like driving a Cadillac. I think the time we get up on stage and play is always the best part of the day,” he wrote. “I have worked at a port, worked on farms, and did roofing, and this is way more fun!”
Isaak and his band, Silvertone, will stop at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium to play an 8 p.m. show July 30. Marc Broussard will open. Tickets range from $25 to $65. The concert is a post-season special of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
The guitarist is known for paying tribute to his idols. Those influences are heard in his hits “Wicked Game,” “Somebody’s Crying” and “We Let Her Down.”
“I think I try to sing — pretty. I grew up listening to singers like Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis, and later when I became a musician, I got to work with Roy and Jerry Lee,” Isaak wrote. “They both made great music in a wide range, ballads and rockers. And that’s what I try to do, sing pretty and also be able to rock.”
It doesn’t hurt that Isaak’s pretty. His good looks and quick wit have landed him in the movies and on TV with “The Chris Isaak Show,” which ran on Showtime from 2001 to 2004, and “The Chris Isaak Hour,” where he interviews musicians on the Biography Channel.
And if that combination doesn’t knock you out, the native of Stockton, Calif., is a former Golden Gloves champion.
“I think the turning point to me getting into music was being homesick in Japan. I was boxing over there and I bought a record of Elvis’ ‘Sun Sessions,’ ” he wrote. “It didn’t take me long to start greasing my hair back and playing guitar all day.
“I always loved to listen to music. It made bad times bearable and good times better.”