By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski, GetOut/Tribune Staff Writer
For his 1999 book “Three Dog Nightmare,” singer Chuck Negron took readers on a painful journey from heroin addiction to recovery to his subsequent faith in God.
This year, the former Three Dog Night vocalist is taking that a step further when he pens the third edition of the book. It will share Negron’s feelings about the deaths of keyboard player Jimmy Greenspoon and singer Cory Wells, both of whom played in Three Dog Night.
“Initially, the book ‘Three Dog Nightmare’ was very painful,” Negron said via telephone from his tour bus.
“It took a long time to get over the writing and dealing with all of the loss, redemption and just life itself. It’s a very difficult thing.”
But these are somewhat happier days for Negron. He’s touring for the third time as a part of the “Happy Together Tour” with the Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie; Mark Lindsay, formerly of Paul Revere and the Raiders; The Cowsills; Gary Puckett and The Union Gap; and The Spencer Davis Group starring Spencer Davis. It comes to Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale on Saturday.
“It’s really a fun tour,” Negron said. “They’re all nice people. I’m on the bus with The Cowsills, some of the crew, my girlfriend and my manager.
“It’s a hits-driven show. We’re each doing about 25 minutes. I’m doing ‘Celebrate,’ ‘Shambala,’ ‘Mama Told Me Not to Come,’ ‘One’ and ‘Joy to the World.’ It’s a nice set of hits.”
After playing the songs for years, Negron said they’re still challenging.
“I do them in the same way I did them in my 20s,” he said. “It’s challenging and that keeps it exciting.
“As an artist, I’m trying to look for that perfect evening. But you never really get that. I might have a great night, but it’s a challenge to make it better and keep it as good as the record.”
His recording career has continued with an album set for release soon that features him and two of his daughters.
“We’re recording together,” he said of 15-year-old Annabelle and 22-year-old Charlotte. “They’re doing three-part harmonies and they’re singing lead. It’s very exciting that I got to work with my girls.”
Besides the tour, the book and his recording project, Negron has more on his plate. He has a line of candy through the Hollywood company Sweet!, which produces treats for celebrities. They are available through his website, chucknegron.com.
“I have two candy bars—Three Dog Nightmare and Three Dog Bites,” he said. “One is dark chocolate and one is milk chocolate. I have lollipops with my face on it that are just coming out. I have a lot of stuff happening.”