Jeff Pollard - vocals, guitar; Bobby Campo - percussion, flute, trumpet, vocals; Tony Haselden - electric guitar, vocals; Leon Medica - bass; David Peters - drums, percussion; Rod Roddy - keyboards, vocals
LeRoux, who today remains a recording and touring act 30 years after its inception, should have been a much bigger band than they actually became. They incorporated a lot of the best elements from the best bands around: The vocal prowess of the Doobie Brothers or the Eagles; the country-pop sensibility of a band like Rascal Flatts; and the musicianship of an act like Little Feat. While they did have a few memorable hits and have maintained a solid fan base, they never became the household name that their aforementioned contemporaries did, despite major label deals with both Capitol and RCA Records.
Hailing from the New Orleans area, the band garnered the ears of music critics and radio programmers in 1980 with its own brand of Creole-influenced R&B and country-rock. Initially known as Louisiana's Le Roux, the group released its first album in 1978. The topical "New Orleans Ladies" got them enough attention to get the band signed to a major label deal and to have the ability to tour nationally.
Of note, this show captures one of the final performances ever given with the original line up. Shortly after touring in support of the Last Safe Place album, vocalist Jeff Pollard would leave the band to start a Christian ministry, and multi-instrumentailst Bob Campo would leave to complete his Master's degree in music. They would be replaced by Fergie Frederiksen and Jim Odom for the next album, So Fired Up, which was released later in 1982.
The band's best known tracks are all here: "Take A Ride On A Riverboat," "New Orleans Ladies," "Nobody Said It Was Easy," "Last Safe Place On Earth," and "Waiting For Your Love." One highlight in particular is the band's tasty remake of Buffalo Springfield's 1967 classic, "Rock & Roll Woman." Vocally, this band is exceptional, and as instrumentalists, they can certainly hold their own with any of their contemporaries.
Le Roux remains active on the road today; however only a couple of the original members remain in the band line-up.