Episode 373: Lonnie Jordan (of War)

17Nov

Having just secured a plate of pasta, Lonnie Jordan’s beaming. Even with a nightly club rider, life on the road as a vegan can be a tough one. But he swears by it, even when it means getting creative with a couple of slices of bread and some condiments. At 71, he swears he’s in best shape of his life, having sworn off the many vices of a touring rock musician. Toward the end of our conversation, I ask whether he’ll still be on the road at 81 and 91. “Try 101,” he answers with a grin. The last original member still touring under the War banner is has more than embraced life on the road, happy to play an impressive string of iconic hits, from the Eric Burdon-led “Spill the Wine” to “Why Can’t We Be Friends” to “Low Rider” to “Summer.” He shows no signs of quitting and apparently wouldn’t have it any other way.