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    Review: The Eighties Invasion Tour




    I was fifteen years old when my parents bought me my first record player. It was black with silver edging, with a fifties style radio interface. Little did I know that throughout the next ten years, this gift would introduce me to a world of rhythms, chord progressions and lyrical poetry – most of which was from one particular decade - the eighties.


    Sadly I was born ten years too late to experience the decade that gave us classic songs – from synth-pop to rock and from rap to avant-garde. Yet here I was at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, ready to revel in the thrills of music that will forever remain timeless, many years after they first graced our airwaves. It was a concert that brought back so many memories – and one that created new memories I will never forget.


    As the lights dimmed, the excitement and anticipation in the room grew. With quick steps to the side and some seriously slick dance moves, Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot danced his way into audience’s hearts. His performance set the bar for an incredible evening. From dedications to couples in the audience, to stellar renditions of songs including ‘Down to earth’, he sounded just as fresh and vibrant as the day we first heard Curiosity killed the Cat.


    From fantastic days to a fantastic night, as Nick Heyward walked on to rapturous applause – and rightly so! Every inch the showman, Heyward seems to be at home on a stage. There’s a love for the music on his face, which translated perfectly in every note he sang. There was also an incredible amount of love for the audience; Heyward clearly enjoying the participation from the crowd in songs like ‘Love plus one’ and ‘Take that situation’.


    Continuing the evening was a set from none other than Midge Ure. My heart stopped and my eyes filled with tears of happiness, as Midge sang ‘Hymn’. This was the first song I ever played on my record player. It’s blend of hypnotic rhythms and powerful melodies have stayed with me for many years, so to hear this in concert was an experience like no other. Midge is an incredible musician, whose ‘Starman’ tribute to Bowie was both touching and poignant. Bowie was an inspiration to many – and Midge, along with every musician tonight, continues to inspire me.  


    As the evening closed with riffs and high-energy drum solos from Big Country, the audience were up on their feet. Big Country’s anthemic sounds filled the room with energy and fun; the chemistry between the band members creating a party atmosphere that ended a magnificent evening. Big Country were the perfect choice to close the concert; the audience cheers signifying the band’s enduring appeal to generations of fans.


    While I may not be old enough to remember the days when these wonderful musicians first appeared on our radios, age does not matter. What does matter is that regardless of who you are and where you are from, music has that ability to reach out to you, to speak to you, to inspire you. Songs like ‘Vienna’ and ‘Whistle down the wind’ have accompanied my days – from my teenage years, through my music degree and to my everyday life. They have resonated with me and changed my life forever. This tour sums up all the love I have for this decade – and the music that will live in our hearts and minds forever.


    By Sarah O' Hara



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