80s live again at Forest Hills Stadium
by Michael Perlman
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80s at Forest Hills Stadium
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On a warm summer night at Forest Hills Stadium on Saturday, music fans took a trip back to the 80s. For over four hours, Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, The B-52s, and Boy George and Culture Club had fans dancing the night away.

“What better way to relive teenage years than the great outdoors at Forest Hills Stadium in my backyard,” said Bari Cohen. “It was a sing-along the whole night, where strangers became friends and the audience was full of love and good energy.”

Boy George, distinguished by his blue-eyed soul and androgynous fashion, is an international icon and the 2015 recipient of the Ivor Novello lifetime achievement award. Founded in 1981, Culture Club has sold over 50 million records.

Their set included their hits “It’s A Miracle,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Addicted To Love” (Robert Palmer cover), “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” and the classic sea shanty “Karma Chameleon,” which fans continued to sing after the concert.

Another highlight was new music that he proudly introduced such as “The Truth Is A Runaway Train.”

“Everything is about attitude and intention, so as long as the intention is there and there’s a whole lot of attitude, we’re off to a good start,” Boy George told the audience before asking them if they wanted to be loved. “You have to open yourself up to the possibility of that happening.

“We hit you with something unfamiliar and then we reward you with something familiar,” Boy George said of the band's approach. “It’s kind of like a form of musical mind control, honed over years and years of practice.”

Sarah Lyons and her husband came from Long Island for the show primarily to see Culture Club, especially their performance of the song “Time.”

“I have always loved that song and loved hearing it in person,” she said. “My most memorable moment was looking around at the crowd enjoying a beautiful Saturday night at the stadium, a perfect summer venue.”

Ricky Wilson, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, and Cindy Wilson started The B-52s in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. With over 20 million records sold, they are regarded as “the world’s greatest party band.” Their set featured “Mesopotamia,” “Private Idaho,” “Roam,” and “Rock Lobster.”

Rego Park fan Lara Frater attended with her sister-in-law and a friend. It made her reminisce about her circle of friends in the 90s, when “Love Shack” by the band was their theme song.

“When The B-52s performed ‘Party Out of Bounds,’ it reminded me of WLIR, the 80s alternative radio station,” she said.

“Music has the power to bring you back in time, and you think about friends that a particular song reminds you of,” said Forest Hills resident Steven Grimando, who attended with his girlfriend Lisa, and said the highlight for him was hearing “Roam.” “Gotta dance to that one awesome song!”

Tom Bailey performed memorable hits from his band the Thompson Twins, including classics like “Lies,” “Lay Your Hands on Me,” “Doctor! Doctor!” and “Hold Me Now.” Bailey was backed by an all-female band consisting of Charlotte Raven and Amanda Kramer on vocals and keyboards, and Paulina Szczepaniak on electronic drums.

Rockland County resident Josie Paz was celebrating her 60th birthday.

“The best parts were dancing like I did in my twenties,” she said. “Although I am a huge B-52s fan, I was surprised at how wonderful Boy George was. Not only engaging and charismatic, but his voice was amazing. Having Tom Bailey sing all my favorites from the Thompson Twins was the icing on my birthday cake.”
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