Monday, February 21, 2005

Kool And The Gang Still Cool After 40 Years

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s going to be a cool year for Kool And The Gang.

The pop-funk band is celebrating its 40th anniversary and leader Robert “Kool” Bell says the band is spending the next year looking at its past and its future.

The group has just released a CD, The Hits: Reloaded, that features new versions of hits like “Ladies Night,” and “Too Hot,” with guest appearances by Lauren Hill, Sean Paul and Redman.

In addition, the group will release an album of new material in September called Still Kool that Bell says will demonstrate the Gang’s mastery of both funk and jazz.

Besides heading into the record stores, the Gang could end up in movie theaters. Bell has sold the rights to the band’s story for a proposed movie called Hollywood Swinging.

Although the Gang’s music has a happy tone to it, Bell says the film will probably be a gritty drama because the band’s early history has “enough conflict to make it No. 1 with a bullet.”

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