By Jeevin Johal
July 19th, 2017
If you were wondering where your parents went this past Wednesday night, in their freshly dusted off Tojo and Midnight Oil T-shirts, and why they came home smelling like the front steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, chances are they were gettin’ down at the sold out Psychedelic Furs show at the Commodore Ballroom.
If the reaction to the playlist pumping through the speakers was any indication of how the night was to unfold, it was destined to be one for the history books. The crowd boogied down to the likes of New Order, Depeche Mode, and array of other 80’s bangers, all the while taking precisely choreographed selfies that would make any teenager’s Instagram feed look pedestrian at best. But all eyes and phones turned towards the stage when Modern English was cut short for the Furs.
The band walked on stage with style and grace, and jumped right into “Dumb Waiters.” Only one song in and fans were already shouting at them to play the songs they’d waited years, maybe lifetimes, to hear live. “Love My Way” and “Pretty in Pink” would prove to be two of the most cherished moments of the evening, inciting venue wide singalongs.
Singer Richard Butler sparkled, giving life to each lyric as if presenting a Shakespearean sonnet. His voice containing the majesty of Bowie but with the grit of Johnny Rotten. Virtuoso Saxophonist Mars Williams served as the melodic backbone to many of the evening’s songs, giving his reeds a workout with fury and steamy hot soul.
Although the Furs have never reached the heights of some of their peers and predecessors, they were truly praised by the Commodore crowd. An evening of Greatest Hits, was just the mid-week work break Mom and Dad needed.Commodore Ballroom, Psychedelic Furs