My concert routine now is different than it was in the 80’s, especially on a school night--
But after a failed effort at a crock pot dinner and backup plans for feeding my two kids, my wife and I headed to Bogart’s Wednesday night to see Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD).
The crowd was generally my age--people who were teenagers in the 80’s. Local openers Automagik delivered a solid 30 minutes before yielding to the headliners. And being Bogart’s there wasn’t a bad seat in the house and the performers looked life-sized, not specks in the distance.
OMD’s almost-original lineup (Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphries, Malcom Holmes and longtime collaborator Stuart Kershaw) took the stage looking like four old uncles from a family reunion but more importantly, they sounded as tight and solid as they did when they formed in 1978. When McCluskey began to sing, my wife swore he transformed into his younger self.
It wasn't just him either. The crowd of middle-aged folk transformed, for the night, into their teen and 20-year-old selves. A few hundred people packed the main floor of the club and cheered raucously for every song. They loved the big