I’ll start by saying that it’s very easy to become a fan of Erasure’s music. The three songs that did it for me are the ones that everybody knows (“Oh L’Amour,” “A Little Respect,” “Always”) but if you keep listening and let yourself be taken away by the amazingness, you’ll become a full-fledged fan. This is exactly what happened to me. I’ve been listening to and playing their popular tracks for years in my sets but it wasn’t until this night that I fell in love with their music.
The energy that singer Andy Bell and company on stage combined with the electronic mastery of the legendary Vince Clarke had me dancing their entire set. Andy got up there and gave it his all like it was still 1985, and Vince, much like Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys, was serious as hell but seriously jamming out back there on his electroments. Yes. I just made up a new word. Electroments. I hadn’t had this much fun at a concert in a very long time, and oddly enough, the last concert I enjoyed that much was the Pet Shop Boys one in 2006 at the same venue (different name at the time). I guess I’m just a ginormous fan of English synthpop!
I won’t sit here and try to recollect the event like some fancy journalist or anything, but I will continue to try sharing my perspective of the whole thing. Yes, there were technical mishaps here and there, but the energy was so on point that nobody gave a shit! They just kept dancing and singing along! And yes, Andy had an interesting choice in wardrobe throughout the concert, but that’s what makes him so cool! He just doesn’t give a damn! And neither did anyone there!
I am so happy that I won these tickets (thanks, Crossfade!) and got to attend a show that will forever remain in mind as one that I would gladly experience again. And if I never get to, this one will be just fine! Check out my photos and a video I stitched together below!!
Set List (thanks to Miami.com for this one):
BREATH OF LIFE
YOU SURROUND ME
I LOSE MYSELF
A LITTLE RESPECT
SHIP OF FOOLS
LOVE TO HATE YOU
VICTIM OF LOVE
CHAINS OF LOVE