"Hi-Five" Has High Hopes For Comeback
Updated: 06/29/2012 05:30 AM
By: Stephanie Simon
They can't be called a boy band anymore but the ‘90s R&B group Hi-Five is back after two decades with a new song, two new members and high hopes for a comeback. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
The ‘90s R&B band Hi-Five is back by popular demand.
Remember the love songs “I Like the Way” or “I Can't Wait Another Minute?” So do all of Hi-Five's fans. And Bronx-born Treston Irby knows you have to give the fans what they want.
“What happened was, I had put out a single called 'Everything,'" he says. "What happened was, every time I did a show, all the Hi-Five fans that came out, they just be like, ‘Yo! Where's the group? What's up with the group?’ Ya know? And I got tired of hearing it 'cause they was right! You know what I'm saying, it's like word, yo!”
Nearly 20 years after the group disbanded and despite the death of lead singer Tony Thompson of an accidental overdose in 2007, Irby called the guys and said it was time to reunite.
After several months in the studio and the addition of two new members, Faruq Evans and Dre Wonda, they've just released a new song called "My Favorite Girl."
After all these years, when the guys get together, they don't just want to sing. They want to dance. It almost makes them wish they hadn't partied so hard over the years.
“Putting them dance shoes back and the knees and everything back. But you know, we not 18 and 17 no more, you know. But we still got it,” says Shannon Gill.
Despite the party atmosphere, the guys continue to honor the memory of their lost band mate.
“Much respect. RIP to Tony Thompson. We gonna keep this legacy going boss, I promise you that,” says Marcus Sanders.
This time around, the group is writing, producing and releasing the music themselves. And if their knees and the notes can hold out, they just might be your favorite guys once again.
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