With Original Line-Up, The Bangles Play Cuts Off Original Self-Titled EP At Arroyo Seco Weekend Review+Photos: The Bangles @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/24/18
“… I can’t lie. I had a huge crush on Susanna Hoffs when I was in middle school. When I saw the video of “Eternal Flame” on MTV for the first time, with Susann Hoffs’ face lit by a candle … oi. That was love at first site. Seriously.
But The Bangles were more than just Susanna Hoffs. This group recorded some of the catchiest songs of the 80s, and their critical and commercial success is a testament to just how good their music was. From the aforementioned “Eternal Flame” to the infectious, dance-craze inducing “Walk Like An Egyptian”, to the totally relatable “Manic Monday”, The Bangles pretty much dominated the radio waves with hit after hit. They even took a Simon & Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade Of Winter” and recorded a version that I, dare I say it, is better than Simon & Garfunkel’s version.
Theirs was a performance that had every Gen Xer in the crowd singing and dancing along, men and women alike. A good pop song is a good pop song … period … and whether they were dancing like and Egyptian, or commiserating another manic Monday, Susanna, Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson, and the the band’s original bassist, Annette Zilinskas, rocked the Arroyo Seco Weekend to an adoring crowd.
With the original line-up in tow, The Bangles dove into rarely performed cuts from their self-titled EP, before closing out the set with “Eternal Flame” and “Walk Like And Egyptian.” As long as they keep performing together, theirs is a flame that will never go out …”
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