Berlin highlights the Regeneration Tour finale

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Berlin
Regeneration Tour 2009 ended Wednesday night with an outdoor show in Atlanta. SIT80s correspondent John Sharpe was on hand to provide the review:

Excitement was in the humid, outdoor air for the final stop of the 2009 Regeneration Tour in Atlanta. Wang Chung was doing a final sound check as fans began arriving. They must have been running late, as we didn't get in until 6:40 pm and the ticket had a 7:00 pm start time.

The '80s gods smiled upon me as I was the second person in at my gate, and the ticket taker upgraded my seat to the orchestra pit tables. So instead of 175 feet from the stage, I was at a table a mere 80 feet from the stage. 

Cutting Crew hit the stage at about 7:40 pm. They performed six tunes to start the night. Most everyone recognized One for the Mockingbird, I've Been in Love Before and I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight, but the sleeper song that stood out was The Scattering. The lead guitarists string broke during the solo of Mockingbird and while he changed it out Nick Van Eede sang the guitar solo.
 
Wang Chung was up next and played Don't Let Go to start their six song set. Wait, Let's Go and To Live and Die in LA followed quickly, but maybe they were going too fast as Jack Hues sang the wrong verse to start To Live and Die in LA but he laughed about it and redid the verse as they kept playing. Dance Hall Days and Everybody Have Fun Tonight had the crowd singing and dancing. And the best is yet to follow.
 
The stage was reset with a new drum kit for Berlin, so the break was a bit longer. Blue lights on the stage, a familiar synth arpeggio, and Masquarade started. Terri Nunn entered the stage and the crowd roared. Her familiar trademark hair, blonde with a brunette undertone, a sheer black dress and a voice that had not aged a day since the early '80s. 

No More Words followed with the crowd singing the chorus at Terri's requests. Matter of Time and a Berlin version of Jefferson Airplane's Someone to Love kept the fans going. Everyone helped her sing The Metro and all the lighters came out with Take My Breath Away. The roadies rounded up about 25 fans to dance on stage for Dancing In Berlin. They closed their set with Sex..I am a.. and the 48-year-old singer danced and writhed with the guitarist on stage as she sang.
 
Three down, one to go.

ABC led by the excellent Martin Fry started with Show Me and Poison Arrow to rejuvenate the crowd from the break. With How to Be a Millionaire a road threw out coins to the crowd. With the last show, it seems lots of fun and hijinks were abound. All the bands came out of stage and helped ABC with Ride. They finished with the biggies - When Smokey SIngs, Be Near Me and The Look of Love. The only disappointment in the whole event was at the end, when due to rules, they cut off the mics to the band at 11 pm with about 30 seconds left of The Look of Love. Martin couldn't even say goodnight to the crowd.
 
Still it was a fantastic show. I have seen the last two versions of the "Regeneration Tour" and look forward to seeing what comes about for 2010.

[Getty Images photo of Terri Nunn at the Los Angeles Pride Fest]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:48pm]

    

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