Psychedelic Furs to light up the night.
Most people are familiar with brothers Richard and Tim Butler’s band, the Psychedelic Furs, by their hit song “Pretty in Pink” was used in the John Hughes film of the same title. Others know the Psychedelic Furs as a legacy in rock history that was birthed in the 1977 British post-punk scene. On Friday, April 4, the Wellmont Theater will host the Psychedelic Furs as they perform for fans of old and new.
The Psychedelic Furs gave the world their first, self-titled album in 1980, and since then Richard Butler has held the band’s main vocals, and his brother the bass guitar. Originally the Psychedelic Furs were made up of Richard and Tim, Duncan Kilburn, Paul Wilson and Roger Morris, and this composition soon added John Ashton and replaced Wilson with Vince Ely. The band has found certain success over the years in various countries around the world, and initially did not obtain US influence until their 1981 release of Talk Talk Talk, an album that quickly made its way to the US Billboard 200 chart.
After rerecording “Pretty in Pink” for the John Hughes film in 1986, commercial success became insurmountable and the single led the Butlers and their band to the recording studio and inevitably the emergence of Midnight to Midnight. This album was later said to be a more commercial effort, and even spoke poorly of by Richard Butler. Nevertheless, it brought the band a tremendously favorable income of new fans and renewed spotlight in the mainstream. So much as that they were a fairly common sound to hear on various rock stations, especially amongst college campuses at the time. Midnight to Midnight featured drummer Paul Garisto and saxophonist Mars Williams, and both still tour with the band. The Furs had a rather long hiatus in the early 90’s, the reunited in 2000 to release Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, and have since toured around the world.
April 4 will be an excellent opportunity to witness the unique sound of the Psychedelic Furs, and tickets are still available through Ticket Master or at the Wellmont Theater box office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.