In Northeast Ohio, one of the traditions of springtime is Michael Stanley and the Resonators performing at the Tangier in Akron. This spring will mark their 20th consecutive year.
"It's a neat place to play," Stanley said. "You're really up close and personal with everybody. It's something we look forward to."
As usual, they are scheduled for four performances -- April 12 and 13 and April 19 and 20 at 9 p.m. -- at the Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron. For ticket information, call 330-376-7171.
With the Tangier shows on the horizon, Stanley, the Heartland rock 'n' roll hero, recently answered a dozen questions from Record Publishing Co. about his memorable musical career.
1. Besides your own band, who are your favorite bands to listen to now?
MS: "I don't sit down and listen to anybody in particular. I have about 9,000 songs on my iPod. I put it on shuffle and see what comes up. Today it could be AC/DC. Tomorrow it could be Joni Mitchell. That about covers the spectrum."
2. When you were a teenager, who were your favorite bands to listen to?
MS: "Everybody -- the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Byrds and obviously the Beatles -- the basic classic rock play list."
3. What is your favorite Michael Stanley Band song?
MS: "That's a good question ... 'Somewhere in the Night'" [from the 1981 "North Coast" album].
4. What is your favorite song that you've written in the last decade?
MS: "'I Am You' [from the 2009 'Shadowland' CD]. "I like that one a lot."
5. What is something you remember about your appearance on 'The Drew Carey Show?' [Stanley appeared in an episode in season four along with other musicians including Slash, Dusty Hill, Joey Ramone, Roy Clark and Joe Walsh].
MS: "[Laughs.] It took about six hours of sitting around to do two lines. It was a lot of fun, and I got paid for it."
6. What is something you remember about the Michael Stanley Band's appearance [in 1983] on 'American Bandstand' with Dick Clark? [Mr. Clark died April 18, 2012, at age 82.]
MS: "It was the culmination of a lifelong dream. I grew up watching 'American Bandstand.' To be able to be there and stand next to Dick, it was cool."
7. Among people you've known personally, who was the biggest influence on your musical career?
MS: "Bill Szymczyk. It wouldn't have been the same without him." [Szymczyk, a music producer and technical engineer, is best known for working with rock and blues musicians, most notably the Eagles in the 1970s. He also worked on numerous Stanley albums.]
8. You once said a good piece of advice is to always take your wallet on stage with you. Talk about that.
MS: "[Laughs.] That's a line from George Burns. It's true. You might do a great show, but if somebody steals all your stuff, that's not good."
9. What is the best part about being a band leader?
MS: "You always have the last word. You get to call the shots. Sometimes, it's a pain in the butt, but you get to do what you want to do."
10. What is something you learned from your parents [the late Stan and Martha Gee] when you were growing up? [Stanley grew up as Michael Stanley Gee].
MS: "Many things ... that I could do anything I wanted [as a career]. It was up to me. I could throw myself into it and see what happens. They gave me the freedom to do that. I don't think what I chose is what they would have chosen, but it all worked out OK."
11. Talk about the best part about working at WNCX radio [98.5-FM, where he is a weekday afternoon and Saturday morning host].
MS: "The hours. I think everybody would be more than pleased to have a 4-hour work day that doesn't involve any heavy lifting."
12. What would you like to say to your fans?
MS: "Thank you. If nobody shows up, we don't get to do a show. There have been a lot of people who have been around a long time [at his concerts], and it's great to see they have brought others along. Some are second generation. You'll see people from ages 60 to 18. They're involved in liking the same thing. That's pretty cool."
For more information on Stanley's music, go to the website at www.linelevelmusic.com.