I’ve now seen the Psychedelic Furs about half a dozen times over the past 30 years, and it’s amazing how reliable and consistent the shows are. This time around I was able to catch them at the Velvet Sessions venue at the Hard Rock hotel in Orlando.
This band just doesn’t get enough credit for the breadth and depth of their musical library, and their musicianship remains fantastic. As a nice twist on this tour, the band celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the release of their breakthrough 1981 album Talk, Talk, Talk by playing it straight through in its entirety.
The constants throughout all of the incarnations of the alternative rock stalwarts have been brothers Richard and Tim Butler. Richard is still a consummate front man, his voice as pure as ever, and his engaging performance still reeking of charisma. He never stops interacting with the crowd, and seems to still truly enjoy performing. Tim’s bass coupled with the driving beat of near original drummer Paul Garisto kept the crowd hopping all night. Mars Williams was back with the band and stole the spotlight several times with riveting sax solos. The talented band was rounded out by Amanda Kremer on keyboards and Rich Good on guitar.
The highlights for me:
- Richard Butler’s performance – still delivers the vocals with energy and passion
- Talk, Talk, Talk – a rare chance to hear some tunes they probably haven’t played in 30 years, including the under-rated “Into You Like a Train.”
- The cohesion of the band. They just sounded great together, and ever musician shined at one point in time or another.
- I didn’t time it, but their set seemed short. Although I really enjoyed the focus on Talk, Talk, Talk, I missed hearing a few of their classics.
Pretty in Pink
I Wanna Sleep With You
Into You Like a Train
It Goes On
So Run Down
All of This and Nothing
She is Mine
Love My Way
Sister of Mine
As for the venue; it was my first trip to Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions, but I will be back. It’s a temporary set-up in the hotel lobby (across from the Velvet Lounge). Along with the price of admission, you have a 90 minute free bar, and free appetizers. The food and the drinks, as well as the service were excellent, and the sound quality was surprisingly good.
Cretin, June 30, 2011
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