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After Spinal Tap, don't forget the Fanatics show

Fanatics Once upon a time — when hair was feathered and ties were skinny, checker-boarded and made of leather — there was a catchy music act making waves around Tampa Bay called . . . the Fanatics.

Formed in Clearwater, the new wave band grew a local following with gigs at then-famous nightspots like Club 19 and the Courtroom Lounge.

The Fanatics even scored spots as openers when national '80s acts like Gene Loves Jezebel, Thompson Twins and Modern English came through town.

Alas, adult responsibilities eventually caught up to the band, and the Fanatics disbanded in 1987. Did I say disbanded? I meant "slumbered peacefully in a cocoon state," because the boys are finally back.

The Fanatics are reuniting tonight, May 8, for one night at the Garage in St. Petersburg. Doors open at 8 and there's a $5 cover change.

An added bonus: Sales of Fanatics memorabilia will directly benefit the Second Chance for Strays organization.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:45pm]


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