Birmingham Mail December 2005

John Marsden


WHEN three of the great pop bands of the 1980s decide to go on the same bill and perform some of the decadeís more memorable hits, you can be assured of a great night out and some very pleasant memories. 


Heaven 17 were given the almighty task of opening the evening , coming on stage with all guns blazing with (We Donít Need This) Fascist Groove Thang, from their debut album, Penthouse and Pavement, Truly great songs followed, including Geisha Boys and Temple Girls, Let Me Go and their big hit, Temptation. 


Heaven 17 were a hard act to follow but the guys in ABC did a sterling job, keeping the fans on their feet with the likes of When Smokey Sings and The Look Of Love.


The Human Leagueís Phillip Oakey entered to thunderous applause from the jam-packed Civic Hall and opened their set with Seconds before being joined on stage by Susanne Sulley and Joanne Catherall for a superb rendition of Mirror Man.


They stole the night in terms of fan reaction, especially as they finished off their main set with the 1981 smash hit, Donít You Want Me.