Concert Reviews, Songs Beginning with M

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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"Madonna" / July 2004
I finally got to see the DIVA live for the first time since the Who's That Girl tour in 1987. I went to Chicago on the first of her 4 nights in the Windy City. The price was steep at $110, but she is well worth that and more. She is still Fabulous. She started with Vogue, played most of her big hits (except Like a Virgin for whatever reason)and ended with Holiday as she always does in concert. I hope she tours to promote Confessions on a Dancefloor. I will definitely be there.
Review by: Ron Bower
"Men at Work" / 1981
I was holidaying at Coffs Habour (NSW east coast Aussie land), when I saw a advertisement that Men at Work where playing at the local pub. At this stage they had just hit it big in Australia, pre Land down under. I had already purchased the Bussiness as usual album, (if you have not heard it you should have a listen great music). Anyway the concert blew me and my mates away. We had the greatest time ever, it was our first concert at rite old age of 18.
Review by: Mark
"Ministry" / October 1984
This was Ministry at a transition. Not yet industrial, years from being the metal noise they are now, but post-pop/new wave. They played at St.Andrews Hall, the place to see bands during that time period. The transition was evident; they played lots of stuff from "With Sympathy" such as "Work For Love" but also played songs that would later define them as more 80's style industrial, such as "All Day" and "Everyday is Halloween." Cool band, cool show.
Review by: Bill Hammons
"Missing Persons" / August, '81
Played at Knotts Berry Farm, with a ton of other groups (mostly OC bands)for some end of the Summer show (KROQ,KLOS,KWST who knows?) Anyhoo, I was smashed almost to the front, when Dale Bozzio came out in one of the most sexiest outfits I have ever seen, then and now. The first couple of songs did not go anywhere, but by mid set, the crowd had gone nuts. So much so that Knotts management decided to cut their set short. (worried about the "punks") This pissed off the audience to no end, but Dale got to sing one more "slow song" , that was just jammin..
Review by: Joe Buerba
"The Monkees" / September 18, 1986
Who would have thought The Monkees 20th anniversary reunion tour would have been such a success in 1986. They drew over 10,000 people to Market Square Arena in Indianapolis that night. Thanks to MTV they were one of the hottest acts of a very good year for modern music of that time (Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Run-DMC just to name a few). It was a true family affair. Mothers and daughters arm in arm singing Daydream Believer word for word with Davy Jones. The Monkess had three opening acts. Herman's Hermits, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and The Grass Roots. An excellent night of music generally unknown to the youth of the time. I was 17 at the time. The Monkees went on to tour with Weird Al in 87 and with a comedian in 89. As I write this the memories are flooding back and I just can't believe the care-free fun of "way back then" compared with the "hot here and now" of being almost 32 in 2001. Hang on to your youth as long as you can but step up to life at hand when the time comes.
Review by: Steve Strange
"The Monkees and others 1960s 20 reunion" / Summer of 1986
I saw The Monkees with only Peter, Davy, and Mickey at Poplar Creek in the suburbs of Chicago the summer of 1986. Opening for them were Herman's Hermits, Gary Pucket and the Union Gap, and the Grassroots. I don't remember the other bands as much. I remember the concert was well performed, and a lot of fun. It was great to see them after years of watching their reruns. It's been 18 years since this concert, they have tried other combacks, but the 1986-87 concert season was the most significant for them. Davy Jones was middle aged at that point--only in his mid 40s, and looked pretty good. So did the other band members who were there. The 1997 documentary about them showed them significantly aged (about 10 years later).
Review by: Greg Yankey
"Motley Crue" / 1985-1987 and 1989
i was lucky enough to see the crue 3 times in the 80s.the theater of pain ,girls girls girls and dr feelgood tours.the were the absolute masters of kick ass rock and roll showmanship. the props ,lasers and pyro were unforgettable.the vocals and music sounded as good or better live than on the albums,which is a rarity in itself ,but the shows as a whole were truly an experience.too bad that the large scale ,stage shows are almost a thing of the past.i never felt like i paid enough for my tickets when it was over .those were the days ! all three times i saw them were sell outs with 13-15000 screaming maniacs singing the words to every song.yep those were the days
Review by: ben
"Motley Crue" / July 2005
I'm only 15, but I've been a Crue head for the past few years. One of my all time favorite bands gave one of my all time favorite performances. That show was like the old Motley music videos-chicks, leather, spandex, hair for days- totally awesome. They had three opening bands, which didn't even give a tiny glimpse as to how amazing the real show would be. There were dancers on ropes and chains, goofy backstage cameras, and everyone came out on a motorcycle for Girls, Girls, Girls. And how could you forget Tommy Lee's special camera? There's more breasts on there than there are in every Hooter's across the US. Tommy had his usual awesome solo-and in the air. He used garbage cans and all sorts of stuff. Everyone was fantastic-I was pleased to hear Mick better than ever. Almost better than Aerosmith...ALMOST.
Review by: Jen Lyons

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