Concert Reviews, Songs Beginning with F

This page is for reviews of concerts people have seen during the 80s and reviews of tours that more recently focus on vintage 80s groups (like Depeche Mode or Bow Wow Wow, etc.). The first reviews here are from the old message board, so they might look a little familar. Hope no one minds me reformatting their original messages.

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"The Fixx" / 3/22/05, Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh
There were about 150-170 people in the Hard Rock, the place was packed. As far as I could see it was middle aged dudes - average age maybe 40 - a few with their wives or girlfriends. Lots of bald or balding heads, one dude with a Joy Division shirt. So, the Hard Rock has a strange loading situation, there' s no back door so bands load straight up a ramp in the middle of the audience and onto the stage. A few minutes later they come up the ramp through the audience. Lineup is: Cy Curnin - more than six feet tall. dapper hair and glasses, tight white shirt & black pants. grimaces a bit while he sings, but very charismatic. Jamie West-Oram - on the right, he's got a shaggy haircut and is wearing this baggy red getup. still has that trademark 'ching' guitar effect sound. Rupert Greenall - on the left behind a keyboard stack. has the most new-wavy hair of the bunch, somewhat spiked. dressed all in black. GARY TIBBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - on bass. from Adam and the Ants, the naughty north and the sexy south!!!!! bald. in a sweatpants ensemble. drummer - didn't catch his name. but I'd heard 4 of the 5 guys were original members so since Gary is from A&TA that means the drummer was original. hard to see him from my vantage. set list as I wrote it down: - something called "Touch"? - something called "Holding Out"? -"How Much Is Enough" -"Are You Satisfied?" -"Secret Separation" -"Straight Round the Bend" -"Everyone Believes in Something" (totally unreleased) -"something called "Remember Me"? (also not released) then they start to pile on the hits you want to hear - "Stand or Fall" - something called "Here Stands the Phone"? -"One Thing Leads to Another" -"Deeper & Deeper" -"Red Skies" then for an encore "Saved By Zero" good sound, good time. turned out to be only $12, not $15. totally worth it. there were also five other people there that I knew, from the punk/goth scene of the late 80s, in their late 30s like me. "I will conquer space around me."
Review by: mt
"Frankie Goes to Hollywood" / May 1986 Birmingham NEC
Fantastic - a tour which was promoting "Liverpool" as an album. A crazy time in the ring at NEC. This concert was reviewed as "the band that put the word LIVE back into live music". They played a set for just under 2 hours. Particularly remember "Rage Hard" and "Relax" being totally amazing that night. This was my first ever concert - and has to rate as one of the best I have still seen.
Review by: Hayden Edwards

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