Report: English Beat live in Portland


Wonder Ballroom, April 8: Dave Wakeling
and friends.


By Tim Hinely

It’s hard to
believe that The English Beat are still touring but they are. Well, actually
this line-up is lead singer/main songwriter Dave Wakeling and a
5-piece band behind him. He probably should call it Dave Wakeling and friends or
something but that is up to him and Ranking Roger to work out (apparently Roger
has/hard The New Beat). For this tour Wakeling sang and played guitar and had a
bassist, drummer, keyboardist, sax player and standing right next to him, a
very tall gent doing backup/occasional lead vocals. I think they call that guy
a toaster.


They opened up
with “Too Nic to Talk To” and from that point on it was a flurry of old hits
from the early ‘80s.  “Twist and Crawl”?
You bet. “Hands Off…She’s Mine”?  Uh
huh.  “I Confess”? Yup. And plenty more
too: “Trough Rider”, “Save It for Later”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.”
And  if those tunes weren’t enough to get
the crowd of geriatrics into a dancin’ tizzy (which they were) the encore
included “Mirror in the Bathroom’ and “Ranking Full Stop.”


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