Of late, a lot of musicians are embracing the sounds of the '80s, the decade when MTV was a new thing and the words subtle and understated were unknown to the world of music and fashion.
It was also the period when every sound was tied to punk rock, dance music, synthesizers, and other electronic instruments.
“We were the ones who popularized that kind of music, the music artists of the ‘80s. If you’ve noticed, they’re bringing back these kinds of sounds. Just a reminder, nauna kame, but we even sounded better, mas marami kaming tono,” Lou Bonnevie said in jest while promoting Solaire Resort and Casino’s latest retro concert Into The 80s happening on May 18 at The Theatre.
“We were thinking about this for so many years now. We did some smaller gigs and we harnessed it more and improved it that’s why we are staging a bigger show,” she added.
The concert, according to Bonnevie celebrates the diversity of music that brings out the big, bold, brash, colorful, and lively '80s vibe. She will be joined by some of the Philippines’ own ‘80s musical icons Gino Padilla, Jett Pangan, Raymond Lauchengco, and Jam Morales, who will serve their audience an exciting repertoire that will cover the entire gamut of songs popular during that era.
The ‘80s witnessed a wide range of music genres that were born or reached new heights of popularity—from pop, hard, metal, alternative rock, contemporary R&B, Hip Hop, country music, new wave, post-punk, all the way to electronic dance music.
Exceptional artists and bands exploded onto the scene—their performance styles as diverse as the music they performed. From Prince to The Police, Sheena Easton to Spandau Ballet, Blondie to Kim Carnes, Bangles to Irene Cara, Whitney Houston to Wham, Billy Joel to Rick Astley, Kool and the Gang to Queen – each one unique in their own right and all with a fervent following of fans all over the world.
“We will be singing a few songs that will remind you of that era. There will be theme songs and dance songs that became popular back then. I’m sure it will bring back a lot of memories,” Bonnevie said of the concert’s repertoire.
Musical Director Toto Gentica has put together a set list that includes Billboard Top Hits like “Careless Whisper” by George Michael and “Every Breath You Take” by The Police; favorite movie themes like Xanadu, Ghostbusters, and Footloose; the best of new wave and 80s dance tunes “Just Got Lucky” by Jo Boxers, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel and “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang.
Topping off this musically rich repertoire are some of the hit songs of each of the evening’s performers—Lou Bonnevie’s “Love me Tonight”, Gino Padilla’s “Closer You and I”, Jett Pangan’s “Salamat”, Jam Morales’ “A Smile In Your Heart”, and Raymond Lauchengco’s “I Need You Back”.
The ‘80s feel will be further enhanced by outfits, choreography, and videos of events, TV shows, performers and performances reminiscent of the times. The entire evening is guaranteed to bring back memories and get audiences up on their feet and groove with iconic beats that transcend generations.
The headliners of Into The 80s will be joined by the Filipinas Dancers and the Session Band plus some surprise guests to ensure the show will live up to the spirit of the ‘80s with direction by Toto Gentica, script by Henry Tejero, and choreography by Butch Esperanza.
For tickets to Into The 80s, you may call Ticketworld at 891-9999.