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Guest concert review: Bangles set the clock way back during Tampa show



img_0589_0.jpgIt's hard to keep up and attend every '80s show rolling through towns on tours these days. For every Adam Ant show that I manage to catch, there's a Bananarama show that I can't make it to. The latest miss: The Bangles, who played Tampa on Sunday night. But luckily, our good friend Chris Stainton of Rubix Cubed (the official '80s cover band of Stuck in the '80s) was there and he filed this review.

The ‘80s rock/pop starlets, The Bangles, played for almost 75 minutes at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday night in Tampa.  There was not a bad seat in the house, with official attendance reporting 500, it looked about half that number were there.  The Bangle-philes that was there, however, had a truly special and intimate night, as Vicki, Debbi, and Susanna played hit after hit after hit from their 30-year catalog. 

The girls, who aren’t golden girls yet, look absolutely smashing for moms in their early 50s, but vocally, they remain 25.  From the dead on harmonies, to Susanna’s hair-tossing, Rickenbacker guitar and infectious smile, to Vicki’s leather miniskirt, ripping solos and playful banter, to Debbie’s signature straight blonde locks, thundering drums, and acoustic guitar prowess, it was a show that every card carrying member of the SIT80s nation should have attended.

While switching up who sang lead on what song was a necessity after Michael Steele, bassist/vocalist, officially left the group 7 years ago, Hoffs’ version of the Alex Chilton penned song, September Gurls, did not disappoint.  And for the finale, throwing the Who’s Magic Bus right in the middle of Walk Like an Egyptian was a coup.

If you get a chance to see them, do it.  It was an excellent, intimate show.  You should have been there, ‘80s nation! 

Set List:

  • Anna Lee
  • Some Dreams Come true
  • Manic Monday
  • Ball N Chain
  • Restless
  • Hazy Shade of Winter
  • September Gurls
  • He’s Got a Secret
  • Going Down to Liverpool
  • Eternal Flame
  • Get the Girl
  • Walking Down your Street
  • Watching the Sky
  • Open My Eyes
  • Ride the Ride
  • In Your Room
  • Hero Takes a Fall
  • Walk Like an Egyptian / Magic Bus

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 7:37am]


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