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Drake Bell Comes to Legends

| Thursday, January 15, 2015

WEB Drake BellMary McGraw | The Observer
With syllabus week coming to a close and college football now just a memory, we proud Domers will have to find something else to do with our weekends. Thankfully, Legends has something great in the mix for us this weekend.

Drake Bell, of “Drake and Josh” fame, will be rocking the stage at Legends on Saturday, courtesy of SAO. Hailing from Los Angeles, Bell has had a lengthy and diverse career in film and television. Bell’s latest album, “Ready, Set, Go!” was released last year under independent label Surfdog Records.

Bell has reimagined his persona and his craft with this album, working with producer Peter Collins and Brian Setzer of the band Stray Cats to reintroduce and reinvigorate the American rockabilly. Lead single “B*tchcraft” was remixed by French electro-swing band Caravan Palace. The song “Bull” from “Ready, Set, Go!” peaked at No. 8 on Exametro Top 10 De Musica chart, which charts top-10 songs in Mexico.

“Ready, Set, Go!” is Bell’s third album. Previously, he released “Telegraph” in 2005, “It’s Only Time” in 2006, and the “A Reminder” EP in 2011. “It’s Only Time” peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard U.S. Rock Album charts, and “Telegraph” is most noted for hit single “Makes Me Happy,” the theme song for Bell’s former show, “Drake and Josh.”

Fellow Domers will probably remember Bell most fondly for his performance as Drake Parker in “Drake and Josh,” but since that show wrapped up, Bell has made numerous appearances in other television and films. Since 2012, Bell has been the voice of Spider-Man across a wide range of media, including several television shows, video games and a movie. He has also played Timmy Turner in a trilogy of live-action “Fairly OddParents” movie.

Upcoming films for Bell include “L.A. Slasher,” a horror film about a reality TV star serial killer, “A Mouse Tale,” a fantasy animated adventure, and “It’s a Rockabilly World!”, a documentary centered around him.

Unfortunately, Bell will most likely not be able to play his guitar in Saturday’s show. Bell sent out a tweet on Jan. 4 stating that doctors told him that his recent wrist injury would force him to put down his guitar for good.

Speaking of his Twitter, Bell does an excellent job with it, maintaining strong relations with his 3.18 million followers, retweeting and replying to them, providing updates and commentary on his life and sending out solid jokes. For instance, Bell has previously promised Taco Bell on Twitter that he will name his first child Taco just for them.

Drake Bell kicks off at 10 p.m. on Saturday. At midnight, immediately following the show, Legends is bringing back its classic Stop Light Party.

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