Alex Huggan produces iconic images for 70’s 80’s legendary California band Pablo Cruise. Shot in Malibu at the Baywatch House, fall 2019.

I was so pleased to receive a call from the iconic Pablo Cruise Band and their management. The guys wanted to create a modern set of images that reflect their new creative direction and their new line up.

Pablo Cruise Band by Alex Huggan. Malibu 2019.
Pablo Cruise Band by Alex Huggan. Malibu 2019.
Pablo Cruise Band by Alex Huggan. Malibu 2019.
Pablo Cruise Band by Alex Huggan. Malibu 2019.
Pablo Cruise Band by Alex Huggan. Malibu 2019.

If you grew up in California in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s you would have definitely heard of Pablo Cruise; if you are my generation and are an 80’s child, you probably watched the famous TV series Baywatch?! Well Pablo Cruise’s lead singer Cory, (an accomplished composer & producer) created and wrote the entire music featured in the original tv series Baywatch and Baywatch Hawaii. How cool!

Music photographer Alex Huggan with Baywatch TV series creator Gregory J. Bonann and the Pablo Cruise Band.

We shot in Malibu in a beautiful private house on a cliff with private beach owned by Baywatch creator Gregory J. Bonann. Who I must say was one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met! What a privilege!

A little about Pablo Cruise…

Pablo Cruise past iconic album covers

Pablo Cruise is an American pop/rock band from San Francisco currently composed of David Jenkins (guitar and vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards and vocals), Steve Price (drums) and Larry Antonino (bass and vocals). Formed in 1973, the band released eight studio albums over the next decade, during which time five singles reached the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The group underwent several personnel changes and split up in 1986. The original lineup—Jenkins, Lerios, Price and Bud Cockrell—reunited briefly in 2004. And they continue to tour today with three out of the original four members present.

In June 2004 all four original Pablo members were back together playing again at Steve Price’s wedding. This led to three of the four—Jenkins, Lerios and Price—deciding to reconvene permanently. Cockrell was not involved this time and George Gabriel joined on bass and vocals. During his time away from Pablo Cruise, Price went on to become a leading figure in providing E-learning and also formed his own aerial photography company. Gabriel left Pablo Cruise in November 2009 and was replaced by veteran bassist Larry Antonino (who has worked with Air SupplyJeff BeckRonnie Laws and many others) in 2010. Bud Cockrell died on March 6, 2010 after complications from diabetes. He was 59.

On November 8, 2011 Pablo Cruise released their very first live album, It’s Good to Be Live, on the Red Recording label. The package included both a live CD and DVD. The live performances were taken from concerts performed at the Blue Goose in Loomis, CA on July 9 and 10, 2010. The CD also featured new versions of their songs “A Place in the Sun” (featuring fellow Red Recording artist Katrina) and “Love Will Find a Way” (with Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble).

In 2015 Cory Lerios released an EP, If I Could Change Anything It Would Be You!, under the name Cory Charles.

In 2017 the band was joined by singer/percussionist Robbie Wyckoff who had appeared with Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters on his The Wall Live tour.

The band continues to tour, mainly in and around California.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Pablo Cruise among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[9]

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