On Monday night, March 31st 2014, The Psychedelic Furs played the historic Avalon Theater in Easton, Maryland to a packed house. Near the beginning of their East Coast tour, the Furs ignited the Avalon with a show of greatest hits reaching back 30 plus years with "Heartbreak Beat", "Love My Way", "Pretty In Pink", "Heaven", newer songs like "Wrong Train" and a couple from their upcoming album. They didn't use an opening band so it was all Furs, all night, about 1-1/2 hours of music.
The Psychedelic Furs came together in England's emerging punk scene in 1977. They found success in the U.S. with their second album release, 1981's "Talk Talk Talk", which saw the band making its debut on the US album charts. With over 12 albums under their belt this tour has many amazing hits they showcase.
The crowd ranged in age from 8 to 78! Watching everyone dance and sing to each and every song was a blast. Front man Richard Butler seemed to be having as much fun as the crowd, which made it even more enjoyable. Many times he would twist himself into a sitting pretzel and get down to the monitor level on the stage to sing up close and personal. The fluid moves he had back in the 80's still ruled the night and his voice hasn't lost it's clarity, strength or melodic notes. Tim Butler engaged the crowd consistently, leaning out interacting with them as he laid down the strong bass lines. Several times he and Mars both graciously disengaged themselves from an overzealous male fan wanting to touch their instruments every time they got close.
Shows where the band is having as much fun together on stage as the audience is having on the dance floor is a special thing to watch. Rich and Mars, guitar and sax respectively, leaning in to each other seemly to see who could out do the other on the riffs, make you feel like you are in on a private joke between the two. Hearing Mars on the sax was a joy to put it simply. He put every bit of himself into that performance. Then watching he and Richard smile and play off each other brought the notes to life. Richards energy was high, bouncing with enthusiasm throughout the evening which had the crowd roaring approval.
This touring lineup is Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).
If you are a fan from back in the day or younger and appreciate good music, take time to see The Psychedelic Furs on tour. The price may seem a bit high, but if all the venues are as visitor friendly, fun and intimate as the Avalon Theater, the show is worth every penny. Check out The Psychedelic Furs website or Facebook page for more tour dates.
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