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Hippiefest, '80s Regeneration Tour headed to Ruth Eckerd Hall

Let's play a little game of "Who's more annoying," shall we? This week's battle: '60s hippies vs. '80s apologists! In other words, a flock of Deadheads vs. A Flock of Seagulls (above).

As both a Bob Dylan sycophant and a co-host of the St. Petersburg Times' Stuck in the '80s podcast, I may not be the best judge for this week's throwdown. In fact, I'm doubly annoying.

However, I can say that both hippies and '80s freaks are unreasonably, cultishly insistent that their fave decade was the greatest time in the history of time, a span of magic when a true national hero (Peter Fonda/Duckie) led them to a glorious time of fashion (tie-dye shirts/Chess King zippers), unification (Woodstock/Live Aid) and mind-altering experiences (LSD/Manimal).

The two sides despise each other's music (protest songs hoping to change the world/The Curly Shuffle) and question each other's motives (smoke lots of pot/get top score in Galaga). And yet, they're more alike than they know (reeeaaally bad hair).

Perhaps the best way to settle this scrum will be at two epic extravaganzas at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Each should be a hoot in its own right. However, whatever you do, just don't wear your legwarmers on the wrong night. That could get ugly. Well, uglier.

Hippiefest includes Jack Bruce of Cream; the Turtles, featuring Flo and Eddie; Melanie; Badfinger, featuring Joey Molland; Eric Burdon and the Animals; Jonathan Edwards; and a Hippie Marketplace. The show starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50-$68.50. (727) 791-7400.

The '80s Regeneration Tour features ABC; the Romantics; A Flock of Seagulls; Missing Persons; and Naked Eyes. It begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, also at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $33-$38.

Hippiefest, '80s Regeneration Tour headed to Ruth Eckerd Hall 08/06/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 7, 2008 4:43pm]
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