Review: Level 42 live in London
When '80s acts skip the U.S. on tours, it's nice to have friends at least who can take in the shows and give Stuck in the '80s Nation a good review. SIT80s' correspondent in Montreal, Peter Ryan, found himself in London for a Level 42 show and gives us this report.
Level 42 rocked London's O2 Center last Saturday night, playing to a sellout cabaret audience comprised of mainly +40s, but with a smattering of younger Brits and Brazilians eager to relive the glory days of the 80s.
After taking a swipe at London Underground for a tube disruption forcing a later-than-expected start, the band kicked off with a rocking rendition of Hot Water, getting the crowd moving and grooving. In a remarkable no-break 90-minute performance, 80s classics including War Machine, Runs in the Family and The Sun Goes Down had everyone on their feet shouting for more.
Level 42 did not disappoint, culminating the set with There's Something About You and Lessons in Love. True to form, the Londoners screamed for more as the band took a break prior to their encore, which consisted of Heaven in My Hands and The Chinese Way.
Despite public transport hassles and bad weather, the trip to the London docklands was well worth it to see a classic icon of the '80s, which did not fail to exceed all expectations!