Out of curiosity I logged on to see how much tickets cost for the shows. R4 isn't too far off the mark. It looks like tickets (without any service fees) to any of the shows range from $10 to $15.
All of the venues are Hard Rock's and each of the sites says that 100% of the proceeds are being donated to a breast cancer research organization (different specific charities in each city).
The price is right, and it's even better than it's all for charity.
I'm heading to the show in NYC suckas!!!
The closest they're getting to me is Chicago, and that's a 6 or 7 hour drive. Love them, but I'll pass.
Hard Rock Cafe? Really?
They should play on next years "Totally 80's" @ the Hollywood Bowl like these chicks!
Yes, this years concert with them, the Psychedelic Furs. the Motels, & Bow Wow Wow was amazing and fun!
The ol' bitches were on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last night. They didn't get interviewed, they just performed Cruel Summer at the end of the broadcast.
To their credit, they sang live to a music track. Their clothes are severely stepped up, but their performances are still as messy as they first were back in 1982 and that has always been very appealing to me.
Side note: Andy Cohen is an unabashed clown.
Is Siobahn touring with them? Because I thought she reunited Shakespears Sister?
No Siobhan R15.
And if she ruined Shakespeares Sister, it was hers to ruin. I don't care for the way she let Marcella Detroit go, but SS was really her as a solo artist so she could do what she wanted with band members or co-vocalists.
Siobhan is a crazy bitch, but she's responsible for some decent music.
She also has Dave Stewart money and doesn't have to do a damn thing.
I can't help it: I think Andy Cohen is flat out adorable. He clearly loves what he's doing, which is a wonderful thing. And I think he's sexy as hell. I'd fuck him.
It was excellent, but short. Only 12 songs, but they did sing live. There was about 200 people there and no autographs afterwards. It lasted about an hour but was fun.
Could you list the song set for us, NYC Boy?
This is not in order and from memory:
Nathan Jones, Really Saying Something, Get on the Floor, Cruel Summer, Robert DeNiro's Waiting, Love in the First Degree, Now or Never, I Want You Back, Look on the Floor (Hypnotic Tango),I Heard a Rumour, Venus and Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (Venus was def. 2nd last and Na Na was def last). Nathan and Really were def first 2.
No "Shy Boy", "Doctor Love", "The Wild Life" or "I Heard A Rumor"?
And I think they may have sung a song from Viva! but don't hold me to it.
They sang I heard a Rumour and the song I thought was from VIVA! was actually La La Love from their new EP, so my setlist is correct with the addition of La La Love.
Thanks for the list NYC Boy! I'm jealous that you got to go.
How about the crowd? Was it all 40-year old (and up) gay guys?
There were some women there, but yeah, the crowd was mostly 40-something gay men.
OP is a 100 years old.
Nice to see that the concert might be a success. It seems the girl spent to much time trying to make it again in England, where they are not welcome at all. Maybe this tour will convince them to spend more time outside of the UK and release stuff around the world but England.
Is Keren still with Andrew Ridgely?
They never could sing, they always sounded amateurish, but I did like "Cruel" and "I Heard a Rumour" but I would never see them live.
200 people? Did they have a band?
Shame they will be in Los Angeles on Oct 11th. That's the same night Madonna will be in concert. All of West Hollywood will be at the Staples Center.
They had a backing band and 2 dancers.
I always liked the gay cop from the Cruel Summer video.
Keren was stunning. One of the most gorgeous singers of the 80's.
By the way, "Trick Of The Night" and "The Wild Life" were the best singles. They missed the US top 40 and weren't played much, but they both contain a dark dreaminess that isn't really found outside of obscure EDM today.
Lanananeeneenoonoo was pretty much right on about the vocals and everything.
I saw (and met) them in like 1986 or so...
They are FUN!
That attached is a good history of the group.
I think it's interesting about Siobhan that she expresses how she initially pushed to work with Pete Waterman because she loved the HiNRG sound that PWL gave to You Spin Me Round. In fact she says she wasn't happy with the first mix PWL gave to Venus because it didn't have enough of what became the Hit Factory sound.
But then after welcoming SAW into their world, the girls ultimately became upset that the producers tried to wield too much influence over the sound of the band. All of the girls butted heads with Waterman, but Siobhan really let it create a wedge and eventually used it to bolt the group, or so it seems. She also speaks about how she felt alienated by the tight friendship between Keren and Sarah, but that bond had always been there.
It's good to hear Jacquie's story on here too.
[quote]R35 is correct. I believe this is their best song EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
I mentioned it first.
Sorry, r22 is CORRECT! :)
Bananarama have never claimed to be great singers, but they are a lot of fun. Madonna and others cribbed some of their DIY style. They have also had the most charted hits for a female group (according to the Guinness Book of World Records). Love Keren and Sara.
Do they ever let one girl sing solo? All of their songs are three-part harmonies.
R44, their last album, Viva, they sing separately. Keren sings the first part of the opening verse and Sara sings the next part. In the second verse, Sara is first and Keren is second.
Bananarama as a true group ended when Siobhan left in 1988. Siobhan has been quoted as saying (more or less) that the group is and always will be three girls: Keren, Sarah and Siobhan. Keren can at least sing in tune but Sarah can't sing a lick. For what it's worth, Siobhan was always the vocal leader.
None of the girls need money. They were one of the few groups from the 80s that was smart enough to write or at least cowrite their songs that weren't cover versions. They've made a ton of money off Cruel Summer alone (which Siobhan wrote the lyrics for, by the way).
Sometimes in the early days they would sing live.
they're not worthy of anything really, all you fangurls are gushing over nothing
Their version of "Venus" is unlistenable, very amateurish and sounds like bad karaoke.
"They ugly, they ugly, their mama's say they ugly!"
the "Wildcats" cheerleaders
Caught the Boston show last night. Sounds a lot like the NYC show - set list, crowd, etc. They obviously have fun on stage, and the crowd responds to it. Maybe 250 attending?
[quote]Their version of "Venus" is unlistenable, very amateurish
Yeah, that's why it went to number one in a dozen countries around the world.
No one ever went broke underestimating the public. Just because it went to no. 1 doesn't mean it's good. I'm saying the original by Shocking Blue is better sung, arranged and effective then the overly synthesized, dull vocals of B's version.
woohoo! I'm actually in those pictures! Bottom right hand corner you can see the back of my head.
Bananarama's version of "Venus" jumps out of the radio. Turn it up loud and sing along.
Venus is great fun cover, They wanted the energy of "You Spin Me Round" and got it.
What's not to love about a song like that, hearing the opening and making a mad dash to the dance floor....
Also love "I Want You Back" and "I Heard A Rumour". Karen and Sara made some of their best music after Siobhan left to find herself. Two best friends who are still making great music. They could teach some of these younger bitches a thing or two about being relatable.
I just recently found out they did a cover of the Doobie's "Long Train Runnin"
That's my partner (with the shaved head), there against his will, R60. I'm the one with the hair directly in front of him.
NYC, and hair club for men president, Boy
Their best song is "Preacher Man." Plus the guy tied up in the chair in the video is HOT!!
they stink on ice...no talent cokewhores
I want to hear from the WeHo boys that go to see the show. Hopefully somebody would be willing to share some pics too.
No one will be there from Weho r66. Madonna is the same night. The boys will be there.
Never released as a single, but one of my favorites of their songs is "I Could Be Persuaded."
Someone made a kind of cool video using scenes from a Greta Garbo movie (? according to the youtube comments) that I don't know.
Another good song not released as a single - so someone made a nice gay love video.
I remember borrowing from these lyrics (I think I gave appropriate credit) in a love letter I'd written to an old boyfriend.
"Once In A Lifetime"
R76, that looked like fun and Sara and Keren look great.
really have no desire to see three old chick sing in unison. Don't even think they are capable of doing a harmony.
Just saw an HP commercial. They are using "Ain't What You Do, It's The Way That You Do It" in their new ad campaign.
And it's the original track with Fun Boy Three - not a new recording by someone else.
Hey dumbass at R78--there's only two members in the group.
Sarah teases on her twitter that the girls are recording songs for a new record.