For the first time ever, the King of Funk is bringing his one-of-a-kind, high-energy show to the legendary Resorts AC’s Superstar Theatre stage. Known for their music and soul performances, Morris Day and the Time is set to blow the roof off the theater tomorrow night, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m.
Day’s career has spanned almost 30 years, and he says there’s never been a time he didn’t want to make music. “Ever since we got our first TV set, and I watched “American Bandstand” and the guys of Motown and all that stuff, I was fascinated with the whole idea of becoming a musician.”
And that dream went even further when his mother bought him a drum set when he was about ten years old. It wasn’t long after that that Day got into a band, originally named “Champagne.”
“I never thought seriously about playing music until I got older and ended up in a band in high school with Prince and Andre Cymone,” Day recalls. “Those guys were serious-minded musicians and music was about all they ever talked about. So I got serious at that point myself.”
Later, the band broke up and Day moved away as Prince went on to get his own record deal. Day worked at different odd jobs, trying to save as much money as he could. Eventually, he moved back to Minneapolis, met up with Prince again, who offered to put together a band for him.
“I took him up on his offer. We wrote a couple of songs together and before long, we were up and running,” Day says.
An early stand-out performer, Day played an essential role in the development of the Twin City dance/club sound of the 1980s. He was a founding member of Prince’s band, the Time, in 1981, bursting onto the public scene with the group’s self-titled album, “The Time,” which included “Get It Up,” “Cool” and “Girl.”
“Those days with Prince gave me and other young talented musicians in the area a chance to shine,” Day says. “It was such an innocent time. We were just doing our own thing, being ourselves and trying to be good artists. I’m proud of where I came from musically and the things we’ve done, and look forward to bringing both the old and the new to Atlantic City.
In 1984, Day struck out on his own, and released successful albums that sold millions. His latest CD was released just last year, and combines classic old school sounds with new music featuring hot new artists. And although he admits it didn’t do as well as might be expected, it did well enough to keep his music in front of his fans.
And when he wasn’t making music, Day tried his hand at acting, although he admits it wasn’t exactly for him. He says, “On film and on television I almost broke the surface, but I found out that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I didn’t enjoy being thrown into [a] shark pit with all these people who did this for a living. I never felt secure going into a room full of people looking at me and saying they’d get back to me. I didn’t like the feeling I got. But if someone came to me with a part that was perfect for me, I think I might try it again.”
In the meantime, Day continues to make music and watch his children play as well. “My youngest is just five years old and already playing the drums quite well. It’s almost as if I was living through my kids and happy that my sons are talented and happy. So they will always keep the music alive for me.”
For times and ticket information, call (800) 736-1420.