The lost 80′s concert series makes a stop in Sacramento
Crest Theatre, located on 10th and K, was a blast from the past on Friday, as it hosted the concert series, Lost 80′s.
Presented by Onward Promotions, the Lost 80′s concert series, currently on it’s seventh year, featured some of the top bands from the New Wave era, and was everything you’d expect and more.
An incredible reunion show of New Wave greats from the 80′s, including: A Flock of Seagulls, The Motels, Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann (formerly of When In Rome), Bourgeois Tagg, Gene Loves Jezebel and The Escape Club.
Starting off the night was Wales band, Gene Loves Jezebel. Lead singer, Michael Aston started the set off with the song "Heartache".
With a cigarette in hand, Aston took to the stage with great confidence. From dancing on his tiptoes to a solo dance, Aston was enjoying his time on stage.
Aston took the time to chat with the audience in between songs, joking with the crowd about the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. He even took a jab at the Denver Broncos saying, "They always draft ugly quarterbacks, like Jay Cutler."
He went on to say that he has a love for American Football before ending a four song set with "Desire".
With intermission in between band performances, Sirius XM kept the crowd engaged with the great hits from the 80′s.
Reigning from London, England, The Escape Club was up next. If there were one band during the night that had the essential essence of the New Wave sound, it would be this band.
The Escape Club had dramatic introductions, a strong emphasis on their percussion and soundboard, and had the unforgettable 80′s ballads.
"Shake for the Sheik", opened up The Escape Club’s set. The crowd immediately started clapping and dancing on their seats.
They continued their set with the traditional ballad titled "I’ll be there". Lead vocalist, Trevor Steel explained the song was about a close friend who had passed away.
The Escape Club rounded up their set with the hit song, "Wild Wild West".
Following up The Escape Club were hometown favorites, Bourgeois Tagg, formed by Brent Bourgeois (keyboard/vocals) and Larry Tagg (bass/vocals).
From "Waiting For The Worm to Turn", to "Mutual Surrender" and their hit, "I Don’t Mind At All", Bourgeois Tagg gave a great performance, playing all of their fans favorites.
Bourgeois Tagg ended their six-song set with the song "The Perfect Life".
Changing it up a bit, female vocalist Martha Davis and The Motels, a new wave band from Los Angeles gave a spectacular performance.
With similarities to Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Davis brought a strong and confident vocal performance that captivated the entire audience.
Authentic and emotional, Davis shared with the audience some of her great hits including, "Suddenly Last Summer", "So L.A.", and "Total Control".
"Lonely" closed The Motel’s seven song set and had every woman in the building up, out of their seats, and into the aisles of the theater.
Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann from When In Rome UK were the last band to take the stage before the headlining, A Flock of Seagulls.
With a short five-song set, When In Rome UK put on a good performance including their popular songs "Everything" and their most notably popular single "The Promise".
After having almost forty minutes worth of technical difficulties, the crowd was excited to see the English New Wave band, A Flock of Seagulls close out the show.
With original band member, Michael "Mike" Score on lead vocals and keyboard, A Flock of Seagulls was ready to bring the audience a top-notch performance.
Throughout the previous performances, the crowd was not allowed to come up to the front of the stage, but after A Flock of Seagulls encouraged the crowd to come closer, their performance became more of an intimate one.
Starting off their set with, "Modern Love is Automatic," the energy in the theater was high and everyone in the audience was dancing.
Continuing with classics, "The More you Live, The More You Love," and "Space Age Love Song," they made the delayed start worthwhile, playing all of their greatest hits.
The Lost 80′s concert series was flawless in conveying the greatness of the New Wave era and is a must see.