80s Revival or Comedic Concert Nostalgia?

9 to 5 (Sheena Easton song)My baby takes the morning train
He works from nine til five and then
He takes another home again
To find me waitin’ for him
From Easton’s Morning Train (9 to 6)

Michael Deeds of the Idaho Statesman knows how to put a dent in the collective ego of Generation X. In a recent article for the newspaper he snarks about the 80s band Whitesnake and Gen X nostalgia. Moreover, he recommends (GASP) 40-something women not attempt the splits.

I happen to know several 40-year-old women who can do the splits. Granted, it’s a little weird when they demonstrate their flexibility at the family reunion every year, but I digress.

About an upcoming summer concert lineup in Boise, Deeds had this to say:

“This summer has plenty of opportunities for comedic concert nostalgia, but Whitesnake? It’s a perfect blend of fist-pumping, chest-bumping and self-aware Bic-flicking for the Gen-X crowd.

“…For the same reason Fox Mulder needed that UFO poster in ‘The X-Files.’ Because we want to believe. We want to believe there’s one more perfect Spandex anthem out there. That one morning, we’ll trudge outside to wash the minivan and be greeted by a time-warped, sudsy Tawny Kitaen writhing in the driveway. It’s a dream, man. Let sleeping mullets lie.”

Every summer I look forward to vintage performers (mostly 80s) at Frontier City, the Zoo Amphitheatre and various Indian Casinos around Oklahoma City. Here are a few that will be performing followed by a list of “comedic concert nostalgia” acts I’d like to see before I die!

Frontier City Summer Concerts 2011
KC and The Sunshine Band, June 4
Rick Springfield, June 11

Zoo Amphitheatre
Lynard Skynard and ZZ Top, May 14
Styx, July 23

Loverboy, April 28
Lee Greenwood and the Gatline Brothers, June 17
Yes and Styx, July 22

Here’s who I’d really like to see:
Sheena Easton, Toni Basil, The Bangles, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders and Suzanne Vega.

What about you? What vintage pop do you want to see?

By the way, did you know the Go-Gos still tour? Yep. They play three dates in Texas in August. The Cars have also reunited and are playing several cities in North America next month. And, to make things even more interesting, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson are going on concert together.

Long live the 80s and Generation X!

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