Return of the ’80s

Last night at Wolf Trap, the Regeneration Tour returned for its second year. And we enjoyed last year’s show, so we were there too. This time we were on the lawn (another free show), enjoying some rotisserie chicken, fruit and veggies. It was a bot warm when we got there, but cooling off nicely by the time Cutting Crew took the stage. I only knew the hits, but the other songs were decent. “I’ve Been In Love Before” I remember well, and they did a nice version of “Died In Your Arms” (and snuck in a tease of “Relax, Take It Easy” – I didn’t know Mika had used a sampled their song for that before).

I was a little more familiar with Wang Chung, “To Live And Die In L.A.” was pretty good, but everyone in seats got up for the one two punch of “Dance Hall Days” and “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”. The real surprise was Berlin, because it seemed like her band had been hand picked by Trent Reznor (maybe not the keyboardist, I don’t think Trent would go for porkpie hats). There was a bit more guitar soloing and drumming than I was expecting, but it was fun. Their cover of “Somebody To Love” definitely had an industrial tinge to it. I knew some of the lesser singles, but really wanted to hear “No More Words” and “Take My Breath Away”, so we left after they played those in the middle of the set. There was more music (as well as ABC), but it needed to be an early night for Jill (plus we saw ABC last year).