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8/31/14

Midge Ure - Retro Futura Tour 2014 at the Greek Theater



You know deep down somewhere in your soul you have a love, or at least an appreciation for 80's New Wave. Don't try to deny it. Whether you lived through it, were told about it, or had a "phase", you know you like it. It's not disco, so it's not embarrassing to admit. If you enjoy bell bottoms and doing "the hustle" then some of us might laugh at you. Sorry Mom. Anyways, here's a bunch who made that music who've still got it. The Retro Futura Tour 2014 featuring Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Ultravox’s Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves. If you're not fluent in New Wave, I'll quickly walk you through this and introduce who's who. Keep reading...

You've heard these songs at least once, if not, then several hundred times. It's apart of our culture. Katrina of Katrina and the Waves opened the show. The Waves are known for the hit, "Walking on Sunshine." You can't help but wiggle your fanny and conquer the day while this song is playing. You just can't. China Crisis was the second opener and they topped the UK charts in 1983 with "Wishful Thinking". Midge Ure was in Ultravox! and their hit was "Dancing With Tears in my Eyes". Howard Jones' first hit was "New Song". Thompson Twins are known for their unmistakable hit, "Hold Me Now". 





As the third opener, Midge Ure rocked right through his set, and I wish it were longer. "Hymn" was completely amazing! It was hard to shoot and try to watch at the same time. I could have taken another hour of his set, easily. Die hard New Wave fans, mostly the middle agers, were out of their seats, dancing with their friends and family. The lights and lasers during Howard Jones and Tom Bailey were cool and all, but Midge rocked it.