Double your '80s: Schedule change separates Duran Duran, Culture Club shows


They may have happened a long time ago, but you can still feel the P-P-Power of the '80s (with apologies to Huey Lewis).

When two of the decade's biggest bands scheduled separate Twin Cities shows for the same night, it set up a quandary: How is an '80s fan supposed to choose between Duran Duran and Culture Club?

The problem was solved this week when Myth Live announced Boy George and his cohorts had agreed to move their show at the Maplewood club back one night to Sunday, July 24 instead of the 23rd, which is when Duran Duran will play at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Pioneer Press reports Myth cited "overwhelming demand" for the change and the club's manager told the paper ticket sales had been slower than expected since they started last weekend. Tickets for the Duran Duran show have been on sale for months, the newspaper says.

'80s nostalgia is big business

According to Forbes, a Los Angeles concert a couple of months ago made the music industry take notice of the lucrative potential of '80s shows.

An "iHeart '80s Party" filled the arena with more than 15,000 fans. Culture Club headlined the show, which featured Rick Springfield, Billy Idol, and Loverboy, among others.

Boy George told Forbes that Culture Club's current tour offers a mixture of nostalgia and new music from their forthcoming album. Duran Duran's "Paper Gods" tour is also promoting that new album.

MassLive noted last month there's a string of '80s erformers on tour this year. Cindi Lauper has joined Culture Club for part of their tour. Nile Rodgers and Chic are opening for Duran Duran. An "80s Megashow" is led by Bret Michaels of Poison.

It's almost enough to bring back big hair, half shirts, and neon spandex.

Well, almost.

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