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Psychedelic Furs at Pershing Square

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If you sit and talk to many of the alternative rock artists dominating today’s music, you’ll find that many of them pay homage to the The Psychedelic Furs. Led by front man and songwriter Richard Butler, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.

The Psychedelic Furs came together in England's emerging punk scene in 1977 initially consisting of Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass guitar), Paul Wilson (drums), Duncan Kilburn (saxophone), and Roger Morris (guitars). By 1979, this line up had expanded to a sextet with Vince Ely replacing Wilson on drums and John Ashton being added on guitar.

The Furs debut, a self-titled album from 1980 was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The LP quickly established the band at radio in Europe and was a top 20 hit in the UK. The album also found success in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. The US version of the album was resequenced, yet failed to have as strong a commercial impact.

The Furs did find success in the U.S. with their next release, 1981's Talk Talk Talk, which saw the band making its debut on the US album charts. In New Zealand, meanwhile, the band became immensely popular, as Talk Talk Talk reached the top ten in the charts, the first in a string of Furs' albums to chart in the New Zealand Top 10.

In the UK, the album spun off two charting singles, "Dumb Waiters" and the original version of "Pretty in Pink". The latter song served as inspiration for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name, and was re-recorded for the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack.

In 1982, the Furs, now a four-piece with the departures of Morris and Kilburn, recorded Forever Now, with producer Todd Rundgren in Woodstock, New York. This album included "Love My Way", which became yet another UK and US chart hit.

Ely left the band after Forever Now, although he would return for the 1988 single "All That Money Wants" and the 1989 album Book of Days.

The Furs' 1984 release Mirror Moves was produced by Keith Forsey, and featured the songs "The Ghost in You" and "Heaven". Both charted in throughout the world, and "Heaven" became the band's highest charting UK hit at the time. Strangely, however, "Heaven" was never released as a single in the U.S. Instead, Columbia Records opted for "Here Come Cowboys", despite both international success and heavy MTV airplay for "Heaven". "Here Come Cowboys" failed to chart, but "The Ghost In You" was a hit single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

By the mid-80s, the band had become a staple on both U.S. college and modern rock radio stations. Simultaneously, they were experiencing consistent mainstream success, placing several singles in the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 1986, the band recorded a sax-infused version of "Pretty in Pink" for the soundtrack of the film of the same name. Butler later claimed that the success of "Pretty in Pink" caused the band to be pressured into entering the recording studio to record a follow-up release before they were ready. The result was Midnight to Midnight, their biggest Top 40 success to date, but also a more overtly commercial effort than the Furs had ever recorded before. The album also featured the single "Heartbreak Beat", which became the Psychedelic Furs biggest hit yet on the U.S. Top 40. The album also featured drummer Paul Garisto and sax player Mars Williams, both of whom continue to tour with the band.

In the wake of Midnight To Midnight, the Furs found themselves dissatisfied with their new commercial direction, and subsequently returned to a rawer sound with "All That Money Wants", a 1988 track especially recorded for a best-of compilation album "All Of This And Nothing". 1989's Book of Days and 1991's World Outside also saw a return to the earlier Furs' style.

The Furs' steady chart success continued with three #1 hits on the newly-established U.S. Modern Rock chart between 1988 and 1991. "All That Money Wants" was a #1 hit in 1988, while "House" topped the chart in 1990, and "Until She Comes" was #1 in 1991.

The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with the Butler brothers going on to create the band “Love Spit Love” along with guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. Love Spit Love released two albums and enjoyed some chart success as well.

After spending most of the decade apart, the Butlers and Ashton reignited The Psychedelic Furs in 2000, and released a live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, which also featured a new studio recording, "Alive (For Once In My Lifetime)." A DVD version of the performance included live versions of "Alive" and three other previously unreleased songs: "Anodyne (Better Days)," "Cigarette" and "Wrong Train." Since then, lead singer Richard Butler has released an eponymous solo album produced by Jon Carin, and has hinted at the possibility of a new Psychedelic Furs album.

These days, the band continues to tour around the world. The current Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).

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  • Larry T

    Excellent show and had a great time with the really cool and nice people that I met from the meetup. Thanks Rolando

    July 15, 2013

  • Larry T

    Fantastic !!

    July 15, 2013

  • Julia Richard L.

    Busy busy busy!!! Didn't meet up as went with a friend but left early due to feeling ill... But thx for organizing!!

    July 14, 2013

  • Lisa

    Fantastic...to include the start up band!

    July 14, 2013

  • Rolando

    Great time...thanks everyone! It went much smoother than I could have imagined.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Celia W.

    Wow, they still have it. Wonderful to hear those songs again.

    July 14, 2013

  • Hercules

    sounded fantastic

    July 14, 2013

  • Marinda K.

    Wow- that was such a treat ! Thank you for the invite. :D

    July 14, 2013

  • JOSEPH451

    That was fun

    July 14, 2013

  • Magdalena

    Fantastic!

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So???? How was it???

    July 13, 2013

  • Calvin H

    Where is the group?

    July 13, 2013

    • Rolando

      Front row... next to sound engineer. Left side

      July 13, 2013

  • Marjorie

    We have a great spot on the left of the sound stage. Thanks to Michael H.

    July 13, 2013

  • Marjorie

    In line. Anyone inside yet?
    Can you save us spots? About 6 of us

    July 13, 2013

    • Michael H

      Look for me on left jus behind sound mix

      July 13, 2013

  • Rolando

    LEAVING TO STAGE AT 8:10

    July 13, 2013

    • Michael H

      Trying to save a space but likely can't that long

      July 13, 2013

  • indira

    Were here. Oh jeez.

    July 13, 2013

  • Michael H

    Left side of stage behind the sound mixer.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Michael H

    Just started letting ppl in

    July 13, 2013

    • Nephatera D.

      Ok had to put alcohol in car since its not allowed

      July 13, 2013

  • Lifenluv

    Ihi guys! I'm here. Will be first when they let ppl in so I can stake spot. Its going to be a zoo but it"ll be fun! Say hi if u se me ( but make sure u mention meetup!) See u and Love My Way!

    2 · July 13, 2013

    • Nephatera D.

      Ok

      July 13, 2013

    • Ricky

      Hi, would you know who would be playing first? What's the line-up and what time the concert stars? Thanks and be safe :-)

      July 13, 2013

  • Michael H

    Not letting ppl into square till 7:30

    July 13, 2013

  • Fredino

    Anybody know if u can take your own booze...or do they sell booze there? Thx

    July 13, 2013

    • Nephatera D.

      Me too

      July 13, 2013

    • Nephatera D.

      If they let u in let me know

      July 13, 2013

  • catherine e.

    If they open at 7:30, then I'm going to get in line and stake out a spot with my blue blanket. Hopefully I'll see some of the group inside!

    July 13, 2013

  • Rolando

    We are at The Gallery Bar. Rear seating area near LARGE MIRROR

    July 13, 2013

  • Ricky

    Guys, would you know what time psychedeli will be on stage? Hope we could catct up w/ the meetup. Traffic is terrible on 5 south from 134, traffic at 2 south by 5 to glendale blvd. And 110 sount by dodgers.

    July 13, 2013

  • Nephatera D.

    Well my +1 just canceled on me...so idk if I'm going since everybody will soo split up.

    July 13, 2013

    • Calvin H

      I can meet you there.

      July 13, 2013

    • Nephatera D.

      Well I'm here Calvin

      July 13, 2013

  • john w

    I'll see you at the concert. The 2 S freeway is closed due to tanker explosion

    July 13, 2013

  • Lifenluv

    BTW I have red hair wearing jeans an white top. Hope u say hello.

    July 13, 2013

  • Nephatera D.

    Im here

    July 13, 2013

  • catherine e.

    So, is this SRO or can you bring a blanket and mark out a spot for sitting?

    July 13, 2013

  • Scott

    Headed to gold line right now at memorial pasadena if anyone is last minute like me

    July 13, 2013

    • Rolando

      We are on too

      July 13, 2013

    • Scott

      Getting on the 6:05 pm

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here

    July 13, 2013

  • Rolando

    On the Gold Line Heritage square with 7 meetupers

    July 13, 2013

    • Mona81

      Where can we park?

      July 13, 2013

    • Michael H

      Under square or across street.

      July 13, 2013

  • Hercules

    ok so... how much are the drinks at the biltmore? is it gonna be like $14 a drink over there.. anyone know?

    July 13, 2013

  • Marissa

    Anyone going from Pasadena? I'd like to take Gold Line with others.

    July 12, 2013

    • Scott

      Headed to gold line right now at memorial pasadena

      July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm in the train ahead of u guys

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On the gold line

    July 13, 2013

  • Judy D.

    What time do the "furs" start playing?
    Is there a warm-up band?

    July 13, 2013

    • Alex V

      The band opening the night will be Badwater. They're a phenomenal local band that you should absolutely check out. They play at 7:30 and the Furs play at 9:00.

      July 13, 2013

  • Magdalena

    Hi Karen! Can I join you at the Universal Station to ride to the concert and what time, and where?

    July 13, 2013

  • Fredino

    Cool...lol...but is it permitted?

    July 13, 2013

  • Kristy L H.

    I am not gonna make there this time :-/

    July 13, 2013

  • Lifenluv

    Does anyone know if they have shade? Don't do well in a packed crowd under e sun?

    July 13, 2013

    • Karen

      I don't recall there being much shade. If there is, not sure you can get a spot in the shade.

      July 13, 2013

  • Karen

    I'm leaving from universal City redline station. Should arrive at Pershing square at 6:28. Look for me.

    July 13, 2013

  • ANNA

    anyone leaving from western/hollywood red line?

    July 13, 2013

  • Alex V

    500!!! :)

    Hope I meet at least some of you!

    July 13, 2013

  • Lifenluv

    Any group want to take train from Pasadena or carpool?

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm coming from the Sierra madre station hopefully I can catch the same train as u guys

      July 13, 2013

    • Bill

      That train leaves Sierra Madre at 5:20. I'll try to be on there toward the rear. Hope to catch you all.

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    no comment :)

    July 13, 2013

  • Joe P.

    Approximately what time will be leaving the Biltmore to head over to Pershing Square?

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Daniel

    hmm.. how much is the concert? can we still get tickets? I'm coming from Claremont (inland empire)

    July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      the concert is free :D

      July 12, 2013

    • rnesto

      Hey Mag meet us at 5pm

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will they b serving alcohol?

    July 13, 2013

  • rnesto

    taking the train from Pasadena to Pershing Square. Anyone else? we can mta together!

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Rolando

      There's a few of us on planning to be on the 5:25 train leaving LAKE Station which is the 5:33 South Pas Train. We will be at the Rear of the train.

      July 13, 2013

    • rnesto

      got it See you there!

      July 13, 2013

  • Rolando

    SOUTH PASADENA GOLD LINE: Departing at 5:30. Anyone else?

    1 · July 12, 2013

    • Rolando

      Getting on at the REAR of the train!!!

      July 13, 2013

    • rnesto

      some of us will meet at buster's coffee at 5pm. See ya there!

      July 13, 2013

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