Tour Buzz: The English Beat, Pat Benatar and The Postal Service

BEAT BACK: Why do I love The English Beat? I guess it’s because they remind me of a time and place in my life. That was me, growing up in Southern California, listening to KROQ—driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway, paying social calls on that leggy redhead in Fountain Valley, and wishing to hell that Jed the Fish would play the extended remix of “Rotating Head,” the Beat song that was prominently featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I’ve seen the Beat perform many times since—mostly in Seattle, as far from California sunshine as one can get without speaking Norwegian—and I swear to you, as soon as Dave Wakeling and company rip into “Save It for Later,” “Mirror in the Bathroom” or “Best Friend,” I am 19 years old again and the world is full of possibilities and shapely redheads in velvet catsuits. The English Beat plays a free show at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel on March 13, and I’ll be there. And I’ll be young.

SHE BELONGS: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” “Love is a Battlefield.” “Hell Is for Children.” “Invincible.” “Fire and Ice.” These songs, and a half-dozen others, are the reason that four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar—and her songwriting partner and husband Neil Giraldo, a man who inexplicably doesn’t have his own entry on Wikipedia—should already be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Perhaps the induction of Heart edged her out this year—or perhaps the Hall of Fame needs to pull its head out. There’s no earthly reason that Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five should have been inducted before Benetar, whose video for “You Better Run” was the second one played when MTV went on the air, and whose first four albums each sold in the millions. Anyway, you can give Benatar a vote of confidence when she plays LVH on March 8 ($54-$77). By the way, Pat: If you and Neil whack somebody, we can induct you into the Mob Museum. No questions asked.

NOW ON SALE: Hey, The Postal Service has gotten back together. I would say something about rain or sleet or hail, but thinking about the real U.S. Postal Service kind of depresses me right now. They’re coming to the Chelsea on April 19 ($40), reportedly with hometown star Jenny Lewis in tow.



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