Those of us who grew up and came of age in the 1980s probably never dreamed that the decade and all things associated with it would one day wind up
Having one of the decade's most successful and popular bands — the Go-Go's — anchoring the impressive multi-act lineup certainly doesn't hurt the package tour's appeal.
Inviting audience members onstage to dance along during their cover of 1960s dance hit "Cool Jerk" was another highlight but the evening's strongest roar and ovation came when the band broke into the all-too-familiar jangly chords that open their breakthrough single, 1981's "Our Lips Are Sealed".
The band's charisma and chemistry broke through loudly and clearly and it was evident that Go-Go's still know how to deliver solid pop tunes and entertain a crowd.
Opening the evening with a brief three-song set was Naked Eyes (now reduced to lead singer Pete Byrne alone; fellow founding member Rob Fisher passed away in the late '90s). Fronting a five-piece that would provide musical accompaniment for all three openers, Byrne quickly burned his way through his band's biggest hits, winding up with the best known Naked Eyes song, their cover of the Burt Bacharach-penned tune "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," which became a massive sing-a-long for virtually everyone in attendance.
Martha Davis, lead chanteuse of California New Wave Band The Motels, was next on the schedule. Davis has lost nothing of the brooding, emotive vocal style that catapulted her and her band
Following Davis and introduced with the same cheesy, piped-in recording from former MTV VJ Alan Hunter was Patty Smyth, one-time frontwoman for short-lived '80s band, Scandal. Given a 40-minute slot, Smyth (not to be confused with poet and punk rock pioneer, Patti Smith) entertained the crowd with her comical anecdotes and her explanation for chomping on an apple between songs. "If I don't eat my apple", she stated, "I won't be able to hit the high notes!" Not exactly sure what the connection is with a piece of fruit and vocal prowess, but whatever it is, it worked. Smyth's husky, playful voice was in top form as she showcased it on a selection of songs that included her 1992 smash AC radio hit, "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough." But, again, the loudest cheers came when she touched on her '80s output. "The Warrior" and set-closing bouncy smash, "Goodbye To You," which had everyone up and out of their seats.
All of the acts featured, especially the headlining Go-Go's, proved that the love and reverence for the 1980s is alive and kicking, and the memories and good vibes the decade's music still evokes will probably remain with many music fans for decades to come.