It has been 27 years since Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins has performed his classic songs, and as a huge fan of Thompson Twins, I am still in disbelief (and gratitude) that I can finally say that I’ve seen Tom Bailey perform! Headlining the Retro Futura Tour, which included sets from 1980s music titans Katrina and the Waves, China Crisis, Midge Ure and Howard Jones, Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins paid that long awaited visit to the New York stage at Best Buy Theater on August 21, 2014. Looking and sounding great, Tom played for about an hour and we were treated to the first live performances of nine classic Thompson Twins songs in almost three decades! It was worth the wait as Tom played “Lies,” “Hold Me Now,” “You Take Me Up,” “Doctor! Doctor” “”King For A Day” (in a new, slower arrangement), “Love on Your Side,” “Sister of Mercy,” “If You Were Here” and the hit that started it all, “In The Name Of Love,” which you are about to see a video of. The intro, if you will, was an instrumental snatch from another classic, “We Are Detective,” and the show certainly whet our appetites for more live appearances from Tom Bailey as there was not time to hear classic songs such as “The Gap,” “Nothing In Common,” “Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream,” “Get That Love,” “Watching,” “Lay Your Hands on Me,” or anything from the two under-rated 1990s Thompson Twins albums “Big Trash” and “Queer.” I met Tom and I asked if he was going to be coming back and he said he was uncertain, so please make sure you support this tour so we don’t have to wait another 27 years to see Tom Bailey perform!
And now…. “In The Name Of Love”…. YEAH!
Enjoy! I sure did!!!
Tom Bailey and Geoffrey Dicker
Great to meet you Tom! I really hope I get to see you again!
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hey According2g.com readers! I know it’s been a minute since we’ve seen each other. I’ve been exploring other projects and I’ll be sharing the details of my latest book (or how I spent my summer break) very soon, so please stay tuned. But let’s get back to the matter at hand which was the Retro Futura Tour, which made a stop in New York on August 21, 2014 at the Best Buy Theater. We were treated to sets by 1980s music titans Katrina and the Waves, China Crisis and Midge Ure before Howard Jones (and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins – more on Tom coming soon) took the stage. Decked out in a fabulous orange suit, Howard played a bunch of his hits including “Everlasting Love,” “What Is Love?” “Like To Get To Know You Well,” “The Prisoner,” “New Song,” “Things Can Only Get Better” (and after he played the version we all know and love from the 80s, he played a dance version of it, which was thumpin!) as well as the video you are about to see “No One Is To Blame.” The set showed that Howard has so many other great songs that there was not time to play (read: come back soon Howard!) including “Look Mama,” “Life in One Day,” “You Know I Love You… Don’t You” and more recent songs such as “Tomorrow Is Now” and “Let The People Have Their Say.” If you get the chance to see the Retro Futura Tour, I recommend it as you’ll have many flashbacks to our beloved 80s and you’ll see how great these bands and their music have aged.
And now, the mega-hit “No One Is To Blame.”
Enjoy, dear readers! I know I did!
Howard Jones and Geoffrey Dicker 2014. Photo by Joe.
Did you really think I was going to go see Adam Ant’s first show in New York in 17 years and not take a video? Not a chance. One of my favorite songs of the night (and all time Adam Ant songs) was “Strip.” So here you go… Adam Ant. Strip. Live in New York on October 6, 2012.
Adam Ant! One of the musical gods of the 1980s played his first show in New York in over 15 years on October 6, 2012 at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. This was a show that almost didn’t happen as it was originally scheduled for February of this year and got canceled only to be rescheduled 8 months later. The show was sold out, so obviously New York more than forgave Adam Ant for the cancellation. Looking a lot like Johnny Depp, Adam Ant took the stage around 9 pm and played a 28 song set that lasted about 2 hours.
He wasted no time digging deep into his back catalog with songs such as “Dog Eat Dog” and “Beat My Guest,” and played songs spanning his entire career including his last charting hit “Wonderful” and we even got to hear a cover of T. Rex’ “Bang A Gong.” He was very animated, dancing all over the stage and playing guitar. Though his band does not have any original members, they were great, with two drummers and the songs had much more of a rock feel than new wave as on his albums.
The place went crazy when Adam performed some of his biggest loved hits like “Prince Charming,” “Desperate But Not Serious,” “Strip,” “Room at the Top,” “Vive Le Rock” and “Goody Two Shoes.” Adam mentioned that he’s done recording his new album and he expects it to be released in January of 2013. Hopefully that means Adam will not be so scarce in concert because it was really great seeing Adam back in action. Judging from the fact that most shows on this tour have sold out, his fans feel the same way.
Did you ever think you’d ever hear a live version of “Pop Goes The World” by 1980s gods Men Without Hats? I felt the same way – until I saw them in concert! Men Without Hats opened for The Human League at the Best Buy Theatre in New York on Sepember 23, 2011 and I was there to catch all the action. Apparently, this song is about mescaline. YES!