RBC BluesFest25 – The Psychedelic Furs @ City Stage – July 7, 2019

The Psychedelic Furs took the stage promptly at 8pm for what was to be a short but sweet set, full of nostalgic blasts from the past. They started out their set with one of their first hits “Heaven”. They performed flawlessly; not surprising as the two brothers have been playing music together since the early 70s.

Richard (vocals) and Tim (bass) officially established The Psychedelic Furs in ’78 but it wasn’t until the mid 80s that they hit mainstream and gained world wide recognition for their iconic tune “Pretty in Pink” featured in the film of the same name. Speaking of “pink”, guitarist Rich Good was playing a pink Fender guitar. The charming thing about his guitar was a patch on the front, worn down to the original sunburst wood stain.

The band played all their hit singles, namely “ The Ghost in you”, “Love my Way”, and “Pretty in Pink”. Richard Butler was in top shape, covering the stage from side to side and dancing to every song. His vocals were pristine, sounding the same as they did on the band’s recordings in the 80s. Butler was genuinely humbled, jumping up and down when the crowd would cheer. Each song they did was done to perfection and sounded timeless.

One of the highlights was when they played “President Gas
”, and at the end of the song, Butler said, “you know whom I am talking about.”

The Furs will continue their tour throughout the US, finishing in Seattle on July 30th.  

Band members:

Richard Butler – Vocals

Tim Butler – Bass

Paul Garisto – Drums

Rich Good – Guitar

Mars Williams – Saxophone

Amanda Kramer – Synthesizer/keyboards

Set list:


The Ghost in You

Like a Stranger

Sister Europe


Love My Way

President Gas

Pretty in Pink

Photo credit: Greg Kotz

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