Promises, promises: Naked Eyes today!
It's no secret any longer that the Regeneration Tour is easily the can't-miss concert ticket of the summer. With a lineup that includes The Human League, ABC and a handful of other treasures from the 80s, it's a much-needed trip back to a time when artists were genuine, music still meant something and songs were worth memorizing by heart.
But I think the real secret ingredient of the tour comes right up front with the first act on stage -- Naked Eyes. When the tour hit Las Vegas earlier this month, singer Pete Byrne strolled onstage with his guitar, a wide grin on his face and strummed one simple chord before slowly and gently crooning...
I walk along the city streets you used to walk along with me,
And every step I take reminds me of just how we used to be.
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me.
I was captivated, immediately thrown back 25 years to a time when what video came next on MTV was by far the biggest concern of the day. I sprang to my feet, unable to articulate a single sentence during his entire set, left only to look to each of the fans and friends standing around me and see that everyone was as caught up in the moment as well. That's the definition of total joy.
On Aug. 30, Pete and the Regeneration gang will play Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, and I'm slated to introduce him on stage. (Tune in to the podcast for news of a SPECIAL TICKET GIVEAWAY from Stuck in the 80s, including a pair of backstage passes to the grand-prize winner!)
So imagine how cool it will be to actually speak with Pete Byrne later today. Pete is phoning in from the road (today, they're in Monterey, Mexico, believe it or not) to chat during this week's Stuck in the 80s podcast.
You can expect the usual uncontrollable adoration that comes with me interviewing one of my '80s heroes. But I think you'll learn a whole lot more about Pete and his love of music. In the meantime, feel free to add any suggested questions for me to ask. But just like at the Regeneration show, I know mine already by heart.
[Photo by Russell Baer]