We’ve been spoilt for choice lately when it comes to ‘80s icons visiting our shores. When I heard Bananarama was coming to Australia I had plenty of embarrassing flashbacks pop into mind, but that’s a story for another time. Although I’m considered what many people called me last night “a young one”, I grew up listening to Bananarama, admiring their fashion and mimicking their dance moves.
On arrival at The Star, the fun began in the elevator to The Theatre, where I was joined by a group of strangers blaring out the chorus to ‘Venus’. This energy continued into the foyer, which was filled with eagerly awaiting fans of all ages.
The first act Amber came gracing the stage demanding the audience to get up out of their seats and dance. She was determined to get the audience warmed up, playing crowd favourites ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ and ‘Sexual (Li Da Di)’.
Tiffany was up next and opened with one of her newer tracks off her latest album, ‘Pieces of Me’, with guitarist Mark Alberici from punk band The Killing Floor. Her immense vocals took the audience on a ride as she sang the new and the old. The crowd really got moving when she covered The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and then launched into her big hit ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’.
By the time Sara and Keren hit the stage, the crowd were in the mood to party. Bananarama jumped straight into one of their biggest hits, ‘I Heard A Rumour’ as the audience erupted in a welcoming applause. They continued to belt out their hits (‘Venus’, ‘Cruel Summer’, ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’). The addition of a few tracks that weren’t as recognisable by the opening lyrics heard the audience discreetly mumble “I don’t know this one” until the all-familiar chorus came along and the crowd sang in unity with Sara and Keren.
The band has a lot of love for their fans, which was evident during their performance last night. In between songs they would chat with members of the audience and even recognise fans from their previous shows.
From their synchronised dance moves accompanying their catchy hits Bananarama delivered a fun for all ages show and displayed an admirable friendship on stage.
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