The Bangles Are Going Down To Ridgefield!
by John A. Wilcox
Back in 1984, my friend Colin turned me on to this little up-and-coming quartet from the West coast called the Bangles. I liked the sound - edgy pop with great harmonies. I was writing for a local free monthly rag at that time and managed to secure a day-of-show interview backstage at Toad's Place in New Haven. I chatted with the Peterson sisters - Vicki & Debbi, and squeezed a few replies out of Susanna Hoffs. They were all great folks and turned in a fantastic, energetic show later that evening with fresh sounding songs like Silent Treatment, Live, and Going Down To Liverpool. That was October 1st, 1984.
30 years and 1 day later, they'll be on stage at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The mindset is the same. After massive hits like Manic Monday, Eternal Flame, and Walk Like An Egyptian, they remain 3 women that love to play. Coincidentally, they'll also be featuring a nice chunk of material from the earliest days. Vicki Peterson: It just so happens that this time around we are doing quite a bit of that. We're definitely revisiting our earliest garage band days. It seemed like a fun thing to do.
Fans of the hits have no worries - those will all be there as well. Mind you, they may have a bit of fun with them! Particularly Walk Like An Egyptian. Peterson explains: We've mutilated Egyptian in so many ways over the years including inserting what I call musical non-sequiturs in the middle of the song - just because! What will they do this time? Peterson teases: Wait and see!
When not performing with the Bangles, Vicki Peterson also has a fun project with Susan Cowsill from the legendary Cowsills called the Psycho Sisters. The have a fine album out and play gigs across the country. On the Bangles front, look for a new digital release to be released next month. Peterson: On Thanksgiving we are making available in digital format the EP, the first 45, some demos we made, a couple of live tracks from that era, and covers. We had quite the treasure hunt to try to locate the masters. They weren't where you thought they might be! Vicki & Debbi Peterson, Susanna Hoffs, and bassist Derrick Anderson will be bringing sweet harmonies and rocking guitars to the Ridgefield stage. Join the paisley underground and get there!
Thursday, October 2, 8 PM
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT 06877
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