Alphaville - 11 August 2017
I've been a fan of the band Alphaville since I was quite small. They seem to have a knack for catch hooks and lyrics that never fail to make you think about when and why they were written. If you're not familiar with them, you've probably heard Big In Japan and Sounds Like A Melody, so that should job your memory. So, when I heard that they'd be coming to the States to tour for the first time in eleven years I bought a ticket immediately. It caught my attention that Christopher Anton (former frontman for InSoc) had assembled a band and would be opening for them. I'm sorry to say that Anton did not put on a show of the caliber I've come to expect; they did four covers of classic InSoc songs... they did pretty much all covers, really, and not particularly inspired ones. It was plain to see that Anton and his band were trying to ride on the notoriety of InSoc, even jibbing at them on their t-shirts. On the other hand, Alphaville killed it. They played a wide selection of songs throughout their entire stage career and threw in some new tracks from their latest album, entitled Strange Attractor. It was like a walk down memory lane for me, finally getting to hear all the songs I heard in the car as a child driving around with my grandparents. Another concert has been knocked off my bucket list.
Anyway, here are my pictures, taken from halfway back in the crowd and here's their setlist if you're curious. I'm sorry that they're not the greatest quality, I couldn't afford front row seats (which were sold out, anyway).