Erasure at Majestic Ventura Theater, October 26 2014
I really didn’t know what to expect from a live concert by this infamous duo popular group. Considering they have been around 30 years, I was hoping this would be a treat and it was. Andy Bell came out’ on the opening number, in a silver glittering top hat with a slim jacket to match. The shirt he had on said Joy Division from back in the early eighties but had a lot of glittery silver on it and a rainbow of color panels shining as well. We find out later, after 3 numbers, it was a tank top, when he took his jacket off. He also wore baggy long pants that he later took off to skimpy black shorts. Considering we were within walking distance to the beaches on Ventura’s coast, this type of outfit was a great piece of work to finally show us and was very fitting for the hot theater crowd. After a couple of songs, right when the hat came off, Andy pulled a fuzzy stuffed white rabbit out of the hat to charm the audience. All through the night’s show, if you were near the front section of the venue, you got to hear Andy’s humorous jokes and fun attitude with his own songs. Those in the back of the auditorium might have caught a few of these references Andy was doing by sight, at least, but maybe not by hearing what Andy said.
Erasure played 90 minutes and then came back and did 2 songs for the encore. 20 songs in all were done this evening. Only 3 songs were performed from their new album The Violet Flame.
Vince Clark was in a nice dressed suit, open jacket, with a nice dark vest. Mr. Vince Clark, programmer genius, pulled off being the straight man for Andy Bell with ease. However, when it came to introductions of the members, on stage, a very appreciative audience gave Vince Clark a long loud applause that lasted way close to two minutes. Beside keys and computer stuff for the evening mixture of sounds and music, Vince Clark also played an acoustic guitar for a couple of the songs. The crowd sang along and danced around, in place, where they were and enjoyed this upbeat joyous entertainment of songs and laughter. If you’re looking for a great lift to raise your spirits up, then go see Erasure at least once and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed by Andy and Vince that is for sure. Thanks guys, the drive from Los Angeles to see you play, was well worth my hour drive each way.
Below is the set list of songs to be performed from the band as written:
Oh L’ Amour, Star, Reason, Breath Of Life, You Surround Me, Elevation, I Lose Myself, Drama!, Victim, Ship, Sacred, Breath, Joan, Blue Savannah, Chorus, Love To Hate You, Respect, Chains. Encore songs: Always and Sometimes.
(Review and Photos by Jonathan D. Wright)
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