The ’80s are back and and the “invasion” is coming to The Belmont this summer with three big shows from some of your old ’80s favorites. The best part? We will have giveaways for each individual concert as well as a huge ’80s Throwback Prize Pack where one lucky Red River Noise reader will one a pair of tickets to each of the three concerts.
The giveaway for our ’80s Throwback Prize Pack will be conducted as a raffle from our email list. Just click “enter the contest” below after submitting your full name and email address. We will pick the winner from these submissions before 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21. The winner will be notified via email from Red River Noise. Good luck! Here is the breakdown of concerts included in the prize pack.
June 22: Bow Wow Wow + Gene Loves Jezebel + DJ ulovei
English new wave band Bow Wow Wow are best known for their classic hit ” I Want Candy.” Well, there have been some changes since their heyday in the early ’80s. Original frontwoman Annabella Lwin left the band in 2012. Along with new drummer Tig Moore, new singer Chloe Demetria will be bringing some of her own style and performance edge to the classic and unique music that the band is well known for.
Bow Wow Wow’s touring mates Gene Loves Jezebel are best remembered for hits “Desire (Come and Get It),” “The Motion of Love” and “Jealous.” Although twin brothers Jay and Michael Aston formed the band together, two split up and tour in both the U.S. and The UK under new legal names for Gene Loves Jezebel. What you will see at The Belmont with Bow Wow Wow is Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel.
July 13: Big Country
Scottish rock band Big Country are famous in the U.S. for their hit song “In A Big Country.” The song was always on the radio and in regular rotation on MTV in 1983. While the group never had the same level of commercial success stateside, the band’s cult following propelled them to continued success in Europe. Unfortunately, Big Country is also know for the famous suicide of original guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Stuart Adamson in 2001 right after their “Final Fling” farewell tour.
Fast forward to 2013, remaining original members Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson are carrying on Big Country with the help of Bruce’s son Jaime on guitar, Derek Forbes (formerly of Simple Minds) on the bass replacing Tony Butler and new frontman Mike Peters, whom you may remember as the lead singer of The Alarm. In April Big Country released their new 12-track studio album, The Journey.
July 26: Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse + Prima Donna
Vice recently referred to Adam Ant as “one of the most influential and colorful figures from British popular music history.” Everyone remembers English musician Adam Ant from the Grammy nominated group, Adam and the Ants. Adam and the Ants was responsible for creating the 1982 hit single, “Goody Two Shoes.” Shortly thereafter in 1982, Ant disbanded the group to launch a solo career. Currently Adam Ant is tour in support of his latest Adam Ant is The BlueBlack Hussar Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter, released in January of this year on Ant’s own record label Blueblack Hussar Records.
Prima Donna is not an ’80s band, but a good opener for this show. Formed in Los Angeles in 2003, Prima Donna’s sound is very stadium/arena rock influenced, much like what was popular in the ’80s. Their early fame came in 2009 when they supported Green Day on tour in Europe and again in Asia in 2010. Frontman and guitarist Kevin Preston is also playing guitar in the Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs.