Last Night: Psychedelic Furs and She Wants Revenge at the Granada Theater

Psychedelic Furs, She Wants Revenge
Granada Theater
July 1, 2010

Better than: staying home to watch a brat pack movie on Insta-Netlfix.

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The Psychedelic Furs. Peep Kevin Todora's entire slideshow here, y'all.
The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler had the time of his life last night.

He was twirling, bunny-hopping, and unconsciously conducting his band with his grandiose, animated, almost theatrical gestures and finger-snaps. Sometimes, his gestures mimicked the lyrics of the songs. He even took the time to shake plenty of front-row audience hands.

The Furs put forth a really great show at the Granada Theater last night, with all the crucial cylinders firing--the most crucial of which was them being Dallas.

This was no Dallas concert crowd of legend, with lots of abrasive, distracting social yammering going on during the set. No, this was a focused, enthusiastic ,sold-out crowd that, at times, cheered the band to deafening levels.

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Richard Butler
Also notable: The hearty reception for the return of a saxophonist to the Furs' live lineup--something not seen in over a decade. And while the current Furs' lineup, with the exception of Butler's brother/bassist Tim, lacked any band members dating back into their discography, such was not the case with Mars Williams, who played sax on '84's Mirror Moves and '87's Midnight to Midnight. (That's also Williams' horn work on the movie version of "Pretty in Pink", which was recut for the soundtrack in 1986.) Williams' playing really hit a zenith on "Sister Europe", and the Dallas crowd reciprocated with a post-solo roar that even caught him off guard.

Richard Butler didn't have much to say on this night ("Hello!" after the opening song, and "You guys were great!" at the end of the night), but it seemed he didn't have to. It was a near perfect performance in every sense of the word, and the Furs weren't about to let that momentum stop long enough to chat.

Literally, The Psychedelic Furs walked on stage last night, launched right into "Love My Way", and hardly stopped to catch their breath until the encore.

The 3-song encore, by the way, saw them pull out a nice surprise in a cover of Roxy Music's "Pyjamarama."

Nicely played, Furs.

Critic's Notebook
By The Way:
She Wants Revenge is the perfect choice to tour with the Furs, with their Placebo-meets-Peter Murphy vocals, and a set that featured four brand new, as-yet-unreleased songs. The Dallas crowd loved them loudly, and helped them though the chorus of "Tear You Apart." They also sold every last one of their t-shirts.

Random Note: There may or may not have been a "locally famous Johnson" in attendance last night as well, according to D.O. staff writer Richie Whitt, also in attendance!

Set List:
LOVE MY WAY
BELIEVE SAX SOLO (DSR)
HEARTBEAT SAX INTRO, SOLOS (DSR)
GHOST IN YOU GUITAR (SR)
LIKE A STRANGER SOPRANO SAX SOLO (USR, NEAR DRUM RISER
IT GOES ON BASS & DRUM SOLO, GUITAR & SAX SOLO
PRESIDENT GAS GUITAR SOLO
IN MY HEAD
SISTER EUROPE SAX SOLO
SHE IS MINE
HEAVEN GUITAR SOLO
ALL THIS & NOTHING SAX SOLO
PRETTY IN PINK SAX SOLO
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NO EASY STREET
PYJAMARAMA SAX SOLO, GUITAR SOLO
FOREVER NOW SAX SOLO, GUITAR SOLO
INDIA GUITAR SOLO

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