Split over Bananarama - Raymond Helkio - MyGayToronto
Split over Bananarama 27 February 2018.
Raymond & Stewart go the Bananarama concert and come back split. Here's what they thought:
Raymond Helkio, Film & Theatre Director
Right from the first song, the girls had the audience on their feet, hands in the air like a karaoke party on steroids. It was one one of the best concerts I've seen at the Danforth Music Hall because they understood who their fans are and why we were at this show – to witness a comeback. I've seen more than my fair share of revival bands and once they've come out of hiding, their old fans are, well, old. There's somewhat of an expectation that they will rekindle our love affair by recreating the feeling that defined them. The longer the band has been in hiding, the more classics they best put on the table. A revival concert is not the place for launching a slew of new material, it's a chance to woo us back. Bananarama was pure entertainment and while it would have been nice to hear them sing a cappella or re-work one of their hits, they werked the sold-out show from the moment they strutted on stage filling the room with flash, glitz and a flood of euphoric memories. I can't wait until their next concert, although they better have a new album by then.
Stewart Borden, Musican
While I happily bopped away to the hits, I have to admit being pretty disappointed by how often backing vocal and instrument tracks were used. There were many times where it was obvious, and I would venture to say they sang along to pre-taped vocals the entire show. Between songs, you could hardly hear their muffled chatter through the mics but then, when a song starts, all of a sudden the vocals are crystal clear and studio quality [raised eyebrow]. Despite having a four piece professional backing band, much of the music was pre-programmed so any aspirations for authenticity were thrown out the window. Why they didn't have a four piece female backing band that could sing backup simultaneously is beyond me. The show was literally a sing-a-long for BOTH the audience AND the performers. Nevertheless, we all happily lip-synched along, reliving wonderful memories, dancing to the soundtrack of our youth.
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