• Tue. May 28th, 2024

THE PSYCHEDLIC FURS BRING EXCELLENCE AND A TOUCH OF 80’s NOSTALGIA TO THE HOUSE OF BLUES VEGAS

JOHN DOE AND EXENE FROM X THE BAND OPEN FOR A FANTASTIC NIGHT OF ROCK AND NEW WAVE

Two of the original members of the punk band “X” formed in Los Angeles in 1977,
John Doe and Exene Cervenka graced the stage and filled the House of Blues with folk melodies.
While a vast genre change from the punk scene, their poetic melodies show their masterful
musical talent. With John Doe playing guitar and both John Doe and Exene on vocals, they
created poetry which resonated in the ears of hundreds of concert goers. It is easily seen
how the music which they have created resonates deeply within themselves by the passion
they elude while on stage. They are a true pleasure to experience.

JOHN DOE AND EXENE SET LIST:

  • Give Me Flowers While I’m Living (Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs cover)
  • In This House That I Call Home (X cover)
  • Skin Deep Town (X cover)
  • Dry River (Dave Alvin cover)
  • Poor Little Critter on the Road (The Knitters cover)
  • Rank Stranger (The Stanley Brothers cover)
  • Because I Do (X cover)
  • See How We Are (X cover)
  • Something to Brag About (Bobby Braddock cover)
  • Burning House of Love (X cover)
  • Poor Old Heartsick Me (Margie Bowes cover)
  • The New World (X cover)
  • The Call of the Wreckin’ Ball (The Knitters cover)

Lets Talk, Talk, Talk about the Psychedelic Furs! They took to the stage greeted by legion of
their fans spanning the venue from the floor to the mezzanine. With a flick of the wrist and a
pop of the collar, Richard Butler began belting the tunes fans have been singing and
dancing to since their original formation in 1977. His love for the fans radiated from the
stage as he blew kisses and stated, “it feels like love”. In addition, the love between him
and Tim Butler (his brother) was widely apparent throughout the show with their
interactions with each other. From one song to the next, they kept the energy high, and
crowd electrified. Midway through the show, Richard’s jacket slid down and a flash of blue
quickly turned pink as “Pretty in Pink” bellowed from the stage and pink balloons fell from
above. “When was the last time you’ve seen 10 pink balloons at the same time?” Richard
jokingly asked. The songs played on, and balloons dwindled down to one as everyone
chanted along with President Gas. As the final “Oh, president gas” graced everyone’s lips,
Richard pops the final pink balloon in his and resulting in a roaring audience. From one moment to the next it was pure entertainment.

As the show concluded following a two-song encore and fans began exiting the venue, the energy the Psychedelic Furs supplied hundreds of people with continued to permeate.

Psychedelic Furs Set List:

  • The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll
  • So Run Down
  • The Ghost in You
  • All That Money Wants
  • Only You and I
  • In My Head
  • Wrong Train
  • Love My Way
  • Highwire Days
  • No‐One
  • No Easy Street
  • Pretty In Pink
  • President Gas
  • Mr. Jones
  • Heartbreak Beat
  • Heaven
  • THE ENCORES:
  • India
  • Forever Now

Live photos by Mary Bodimer for ZrockR Magazine 2024 – All Rights Reserved.

By Mary Bodimer

Mary is a concert and event photographer. Born and raised just outside the Mile High City, her photography career (Spooky Shutter) began in Denver, Colorado. While growing up, her family exposed her to all genres of music, and it became a staple in her life. Coincidingly, her mother was very much into photography. Mary picked up her first camera at four years old and her parents embraced her natural talent. To this day she credits her love of music and photography to her family. She is passionate about capturing the raw energy, passion, and connections with fans during live shows, describing it as “art capturing art”. While she now calls Sin City home, she travels back to Denver and across the country to shoot shows and events wherever she is needed. Photography is her staple, but when she’s not shooting, she can be found spending time with her family (including her “army of animals”), writing, playing music, crafting oddities, doing animal advocacy work, or working on her hearse with her husband.

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