2018-08-01 / Front Page

The B52s & More Come To Forest Hills

By Steve Gregg

The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey features Tom Bailey on vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica and percussion, Charlotte Raven on vocals and keyboards, Amanda Kramer (The Psychedelic Furs/Information Society) on vocals and keyboards and Paulina Szczepaniak on electronic drums.



PHOTOS STEVE SILBERBERGThe Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey features Tom Bailey on vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica and percussion, Charlotte Raven on vocals and keyboards, Amanda Kramer (The Psychedelic Furs/Information Society) on vocals and keyboards and Paulina Szczepaniak on electronic drums. PHOTOS STEVE SILBERBERGOn July 28, three iconic bands from the 1980s played at Forest Hills Stadium on a warm evening, to an excited crowd anxious to step back in time for a few hours. Although it rained a drop or two, the crowd was excited, and it showed – we were loud and active all night long.

Kicking the night off was the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey and his all-female band – they didn’t disappoint.  Although not as well-known as those that followed, many people made it a point to get there in time for their first song at 5:45.  In their short set, they got the night off to a good start with a mix of songs, including “Lies”, “Lay Your Hands on Me”, “Doctor! Doctor!,” and “Hold Me Now”.  Shortly after their set concluded, the crowd started to file in fully for the main events, although from that point forward half the crowd never took their seats – the entire lower-level floor patrons stood the entire time!

Culture Club is Boy George on lead vocals, Roy Hay on guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, Mikey Craig on bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, and Jon Moss on drums, percussion, backing vocals.Culture Club is Boy George on lead vocals, Roy Hay on guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, Mikey Craig on bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, and Jon Moss on drums, percussion, backing vocals.The B-52s were next up, and given I have been a fan since they came onto the scene Culture Club is Boy George on lead vocals, Roy Hay on guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, Mikey Craig on bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, and Jon Moss on drums, percussion, backing vocals.
 

Culture Club is Boy George on lead vocals, Roy Hay on guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, Mikey Craig on bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, and Jon Moss on drums, percussion, backing vocals. thirty-five years ago, my fever was peaking.  It looked like half the crowd was from my era, with a median age in the 40s-50s, and we were rocking.  The B-52s led off with Planet Claire, and for the next hour and change they had the crowd alive – non-stop singing and dancing to the array of unique sounds only the B-52s produce – mixed in with beeps, buzzes, and much back-and-forth between the three main singers – Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson (in a bright red wig) and Cindy Wilson (in her iconic beehive hairdo).  The mix of songs came mostly from their first two albums, and included “Planet Claire”, “Dance This Mess Around”, “Mesopotamia”, “Private Idaho”, “Strobe Light”, “Funplex”, “52 Girls”,  “Roam”, “Party Out of Bounds”, “Give Me Back My Man”, “Love Shack”, and “Rock Lobster” – the last of which brought the house down in an 8all-out frenzy.  Their songs are eternal, and their sound unduplicated. 

The B-52s are Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals), Cindy Wilson (vocals), Keith Strickland (lead and rhythm guitar, drums, keyboards, programming), and theTracy Wormworth (bass), Sterling Campbell (drums), Greg Suran (lead guitar), Ken Maiuri (keyboards, rhythm guitar).The B-52s are Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals), Cindy Wilson (vocals), Keith Strickland (lead and rhythm guitar, drums, keyboards, programming), and theTracy Wormworth (bass), Sterling Campbell (drums), Greg Suran (lead guitar), Ken Maiuri (keyboards, rhythm guitar).Finally, we moved onto the last act of the night – Culture Club, with its well-known leader, Boy George.  Among the advantages that Culture Club had was it was now dark, which brought a fantastic light show into play, and a full nine-person band gave the stage a wide expanse that the other bands didn’t have.  Boy George was ever the consummate showman, engaging with the crowd at every chance he got, and from the start we were in for a treat. 

First up they played David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, which was the perfect start to their set.  Soon afterwards, they moved into their own material, but not before Boy George told the crowd that his experience showed it worked best to mix in “something new, something borrowed” and “something blue” – that would explain leading off with Bowie!  The band proceeded through a long set that included “Let's Dance”, “It's a Miracle”, “I'll Tumble 4 Ya”, “Let Somebody Love You”, “Time (Clock of the Heart)”, “The Truth Is a Runaway Train”, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”, “Miss Me Blind”, and “Church of the Poison Mind”.  At that point they said their good-byes and the tech crew started to tear things down. 

Well, the crowd knew that we still had a little time left, and more importantly could they really close it down without having played the song that first put them on the map?  No way!  Back they came, with an encore set that included “You Give Me Life”, “Addicted to Love”, a very popular Robert Palmer cover, and finally, to a screaming crowd … “Karma Chameleon”.  Only now did it feel right to bid them farewell. 

These three powerful bands came to Forest Hills, we gave them our welcome, and then they gave us a night to remember.  Come back soon!


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