The show, which includes The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, and The 5th Dimension featuring
The two acts bring together the iconic sound of a generation, playing hits from their illustrious careers.
Volman said he and Kaylan decided early on that they wanted to pursue music, and they committed to be the best they could be.
"At a certain point, the fun is in it if you love what you do. If you don't love it, then it's not going to be satisfying," he said. "For Howard and I, it has been a challenging experience. There was obviously many times when we could have easily just walked away from it all because it's just a gruelling trip."
The band, which formed when the members were in high school, achieved breakthrough success with a
Surviving several lineup changes, million-dollar lawsuits and the eventual breakup of the band, Volman said those changes defined their career. After a string of hits and international success, The Turtles folded in 1970.
Volman and Kaylan were prohibited from using the name "The Turtles" as well as their legal names on records. They became "The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie," later shortened to "Flo & Eddie."
The two joined
They continued recording and doing session work through the 1980s, lending their trademark harmonies to T-Rex,
In 1983, Kaylan and Volman legally regained the use of the band name and toured as the "Turtles... Featuring Flo and Eddie." In 1984, they travelled across
"Through all the different eras you grow in your experience," Volman said. "Howard and I are very fortunate that we are still friends. We have been together now since 1962. You are talking 52 years. How many people have a friend from high school that you are still working with everyday?"
He said the
"Our show will kind of be a combination of our history, things we have been a part of during our long career. ... It is kind of a harmony of eras and stories explaining the changes that we went through musically a little bit," he said.
Volman said he is excited to be coming back to the Midstate, even after the band survived a plane crash in
The 5th Dimension
LaRue, who was born in
"I was the last to join and the last to leave," she said. "I had absolutely no intentions of singing."
LaRue said her family moved to
"I said 'No, first of all, I'm not a singer. And, second of all, I am not interested in being with a group, I don't have time,'" she said, because she was attending college and working a full-time job at the time.
She eventually auditioned and became a member of the group, and has continued to sing for the last 49 years.
"Of course it has been an exciting 49 years," she said. "The original group was only together for 10 wonderful years. I continued with the group. People often ask me why I continued. There are many reasons why I continued. One was fear of singing a solo career. And really I was quite comfortable with the group, I enjoy the group harmony, and I enjoy the pure pleasure that The 5th Dimension brought to our fans."
With more than 20 million album sales, 22 Top 40 hits, five No. 1 hits and six Grammy Awards, the group has continued to entertain audiences worldwide with hits such as "Up, Up and Away," "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In," "One Less Bell to Answer," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Never My Love" and "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep."
LaRue echoed Volman in saying that audiences still attend the shows, which shows that fans still connect with the music, even after all these years.
"I believe the group has endured so long first of all because I have remained true to The 5th Dimension's music," she said. "The songs that were hits are performed just as they were recorded. Because we remain true to the sound. People don't want to hear an updated version or a rock version of "Aquarius," they want to hear it just as they remember it. The music is timeless. It's music that crosses the boundaries of all races and ages."
LaRue performs with
LaRue said she enjoys returning to
"I miss the
LaRue said fans can expect to hear hits from the band's long career, and hopes to lift the spirits of the audience, even in dark times.
"We know what's going on the in the world. I don't hide my head away from the tragedies and the sadness in the world, but we try to lift peoples' spirits during that time they are at the show, to give them hope, that there is joy, there can be peace and love in the world," she said.
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