The near twenty-five years since most of the bands on the Regeneration Tour 2008 first hit it big might have aged them. It might have caused a few members to change. But amazingly, the energy and vocals easily matched what they put out back in the 1980’s, giving fans a great night of music and fun at the Planet Hollywood Theater Of The Performing Arts on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Five of the biggest acts of the 1980's; Belinda Carlisle, ABC, the Human League, A Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes, all took the stage and the only question left at the end of the night was which act was the best, as they all put on performances that made you feel as if you were back in the 80's.
On this evening, ABC and the voice and stage presence of lead singer Martin Fry left you wanting more. Mr. Fry has amazingly kept his voice as crisp and full as he sounded in the 80's. The crowd was treated to "The Look of Love," "Poison Arrow" and finished the set with "When Smokey Sings." Fry had the crowd in his control from the beginning with his charming personality and endured himself even more to the fans as he was autographing old ABC vinyl album covers. Even if you aren't a huge fan of ABC or have a hard time remembering some their hits, Mr. Fry has one of the most amazing voices around and as soon as you hear it, you will no doubt enjoy that voice.
Belinda Carlisle followed ABC and came out looking as lovely as ever, in a long black skirt and matching black sweater, her charm and beauty is enough by itself to win a crowd over. But it is some of the biggest hits of the 80's "I Get Weak," "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and of course some greats from the Go Go's, "Vacation" and "Our Lips Our Sealed" had everyone in the crowd dancing and thinking they were teenagers once again. Ms. Carlisle still has a beautiful voice, but it is those looks into the crowd and her movements on stage that are still able to make the hearts of the male members of the audience skip a beat.
The night ended with the band that most resembled it's original form, the Human League. Vocalists Phillip Oakley, Susan Anne Sulley and Joanne Catherall were front and center changing in and out of costumes and working together perfectly as they opened their set with "Mirror Man" that ignited the crowd with that unique synthesizer sound that once you hear it, you know it is the Human League. Mr. Oakley and Ms. Sulley then played the parts to perfection as they sang what is one of, if not the biggest hit of the 1980's, "Don't You Want Me." The amazing voices, to go along with the expressions and mannerisms that went along with this song were flawless.
A Flock of Seagulls was probably the band that least resembled what it looked like in the 80's, they certainly were up to entertaining like it was the 80's. Mike Score still runs the keyboards and is able to lift the crowd with his vocals and enthusiasm to the point that "I Ran," "Wishing" and "Space Age Love Song" might have been the songs that had crowd in a frenzy more than any other this evening. The upbeat and high energy of the songs had the crowd out of their seats for the entire set.
The night opened with Naked Eyes appropriately playing their hit song “Always Something There to Remind Me.” Not only the groups biggest hit, but to kick off the concert with a song with such a distinctive sound and the lyrics fitting so perfectly to such a tour made this a great way to start the evening. Lead singer Peter Byrne then finished the set by bringing down fans that danced with him to "Promises Promises" in the front of the stage, he really set the tone for what was a great evening and left each band having to try and top the others great performance.
What made this evening even more memorable was the amazing setting at the Planet Hollywood Theater Of The Performing Arts. This small venue does not have a single bad seat in the house and is small enough that even the farthest seat from the stage leaves you with a great view. Add to this, if you stay at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, you just have to take an elevator down from your room and you are just a few hundred feet from the venue. No need to worry about parking, how you are going to get home, it is a perfect evening for a concert.
For more information on the tour dates and how to purchasse tickets, visit: www.regenerationtour.com
For more information on the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, visit: www.planethollywoodresort.com