'Regeneration Tour 2009' - ABC
(Meadowbrook Music Theatre, Rochester Hills, MI - June 27th, 2009)
ABC, as we all should know by now, are an English New Wave band that charted ten UK and five US Top 40 singles between 1981 and 1990. Packed with power pop hits, orchestral string arrangements, and a man with a voice that could sing the world's babies all to sleep (at the same time), tonight Martin Fry brought his band with him to entertain the ready-and-waiting crowd.
Having had both Cutting Crew and Wang Chung open for them (should have also been Missing Persons, but, well, they went missing somewhere along the line!), ABC take the stage at 10.00pm and provide a wonderful, colorful backdrop of sounds and lyrics for their appreciative fans.
As soon as Fry's voice is heard, nobody is seated from that moment onwards! Especially when we get straight into 'Poison Arrow' which is followed up by the delicious '(How to Be a) Millionaire.' "Ok, let's go," he says with a smile to both the crowd and, on a spin of his polished heels, also to his band, as they head into 'The Very First Time' and 'That Was Then but This Is Now.'
A track from the new album Traffic, 'Ride' proves a huge hit on the night, as its emotive lyrics are matched expertly with Fry's stage persona to provide us with a showman still at his peak. I mean, truly, ABC live still sound as soulful, and as required as they did back in the day. Dressed in an expensive suit, well groomed, Fry still eminates the charm and swagger of an old school Sinatra. Stopping only to introduce his band, we next get the sultry 'All of My Heart' and '4 Ever 2 Gether,' before the sounds of their very first single, 'Tears Are Not Enough' are lovingly sung.
'Be Near Me' comes next, before one of the finest songs ever played on the radio is given lovingly to the sea of fans - 'When Smokey Sings.' Inclusive of some Martin Fry funky, suave dance moves, the song fairly illuminates the dark night sky. But, come the final song of the night, from the debut album classic The Lexicon of Love, it's the tale of unrequited love within. 'The Look of Love (Part One)' that brings the show to it's picture perfect end.
Review and Photos by: Russell A. Trunk
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