Propelled from song to song with resounding (and at times alarming) beats and sirens, the band successfully navigated back-and-forth between their uptempo In Ghost Colours hits and some spacier, more atmospheric Zonoscope tracks. In fact, the crowd only seemed to gain momentum as the band played on, aided onstage by a plain white door with a dynamic, flashing neon frame. Many lost their shit when "Corner of the Sky" and/or "Lights and Music" came on. "You guys came ready to party!" Whitford cheerfully observed, as the crowd proceeded to lose whatever shit they had left to the arguably most '80s hit of the night, "Take Me Over."
Lights were then dimmed and bass slowly turned up to 11 as I felt my hair follicles blowing in the wind of the speakers. "Hearts on Fire" was coming and the concertgoers knew it. Suddenly, the blaring, air-horn quality of those first synth horns were upon us and blasts of light revealed the neon door pried open, containing an overly pixelated collection of animations that could be described as tropical, mystical and at times reminiscent of Dire Straits' iconic music video, "Money For Nothing." At that point, the collective rhythmic lunging of the fans was so uniform and euphoric that I took little offense to the light spray of mixed drinks and sweat that were inevitably flying at whichever tempo the beat dictated. The crowd was utterly "happy" (and so was I).
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-- MICHAEL BERLIN
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