In the past couple of years, Kool & The Gang have seen a resurgence. Last year, the group toured with rock band Van Halen, a group celebrating 40 years in music.
Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth told Bell that touring together made perfect sense.
Bell said Roth told him, "In the '80s, you guys were the party pop/funk band, and we were the party rock band. So let's go out and have a party."
"And that's what we did in 48 cities," Bell said.
Following the June 27 performance, Kool & The Gang will be headed back out on the road -- this time with Kid Rock, which might raise a few eyebrows, but Bell is certain that it will be fine.
It's just another party tour.
"I've heard his fans are a little more hard core and can be a little rowdy," he said. "But I think it's going to be fun."
Bell said the band still performs the songs they're best known for, and they're working on new material. They've just finished up a Christmas record, their first, which he expected would be out sometime in November.
Kool & The Gang are also putting together a record for next year to celebrate their 50 years in music, which goes back to before there was a Kool or a Gang.
"We want to do a brand-new album, get some guest artists," he said.
It will be a celebration for a band that's a long way from dead.
Want to go?
WHAT: Kool & The Gang
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. June 27
TICKETS: $43, $58 and $68
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.