The Arizona Republic August 2008

Randy Cordova

The highs and lows of nostalgia were on display in the Regeneration Tour, an Ď80s blowout which kicked off nationally with Fridayís show at the Dodge Theatre. In a way, it was like a high school reunion. Some people looked exactly the same; some people were nothing like you remembered; and some you wished just stayed home....


...The Human League was the only group to use a stage set, with seven video screens behind the band and a sleek white set on the floor. It was very modern, albeit in a Jetsons kind of way. The group now is down backing singers Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley and front man Philip Oakey, who sported a shaved head, sunglasses and a dark suit covered by a trench coat. He looked ready to go clubbing or for a business meeting in Geneva.

The group seemed to have some trouble maintaining the energy level established by the previous two acts, as opener Mirror Man isnít exactly the kind of song that triggers lots of recognition (it reached No. 30 in the States). But Oakey was impressively dramatic as he paced back and forth on stage, and the audience gradually warmed to him. He told the crowd that he was nervous about performing in Phoenix for the first time, which further endeared him. By the time the group closed with the one-two punch of the MTV fave Together in Electric Dreams (an Oakey soundtrack song) and the bandís still spooky Donít You Want Me, the audience was on its side.  September 2008
Dust Devil

Human League capped off a great evening, but in this writerís opinion a bad way to end things. Obviously this is subjective on my part because I was never a big fan, but the Human League simply did not make a lasting impression on me during their heyday. Philip Oakley is the only original member left, but Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley, the two female singers on their biggest hits, are still with the group. They led off with Mirror Man, a decent song that I remember. The next three tunes I did not recognize and for me were simply mindless excursions of repetitive keyboard noise. Human, their second U.S. Number One single, was played next. I do like this ballad and the song sounded great on this evening. However, halfway through the next tune I had enough of the repetition and had to leave, so I never did see if they played (Keep Feeling) Fascination or Donít You Want Me. I would have to assume they did...