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PSYCHEDELIC FURS TOUR with John Doe & Exene in Las Vegas

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS once again graced the stages in Las Vegas, this time at the House of Blues, and once again filled the house for a retro fun filled night, reaching back to their 80's post punk hits as well as including more recent tunes from their 202 release Made of Rain. After close to five decades, the Furs still got it, and still love what they do, and it shows.

But before we got to the Furs, we were treated to legendary punk icons X, with John Doe and Exene Cervenka on stage with a set melding punk X tunes with a more hillbilly flavor. The duo has been touring with a setlist that finds a country Cash and June vibe, stripped down with Doe on acoustic guitar and Exene on vocals, opening

with the Flatt & Scruggs cover “Give Me Flowers While I’m Living”. We got a handful of X, but more of the folksy country covers, with The Knitters "Poor Little Critter on the Road" and "The Call of the Wreckin' Ball", and Dave Alvin's "Dry River". Was glad they reached back to the 80's with "Burning House Of Love", and "See How We Are", classic X that really was fitting to blend their eclectic mix with the Furs upcoming set.

The Psychedelic Furs started their set with a newer cut, "The Boy That Invented Rock n Roll" off their 2020 album Made of Rain, with brothers Tim and Richard Butler front and center, really connecting with the crowd and enjoying the moment. The Furs included a few cuts off Rain, but the night was made for the big hits. From "The Ghost in You" and "Love My Way", to the pop mega hits "Heartbreak Beat" and "Heaven", the

band really gave a retrospect and a bow to the 80's and more. Pink balloons dropped from the ceiling, pop rock strains filled the air, and the crowd sang along to every word of "Pretty in Pink".

The Furs line up included guitarist Rich Good, and Keyboardist Amanda Kramer, Zachary Alford on drums, and long time collaborator and Love Spit Love member Richard Fortus (and former Guns and Roses guitarist) on guitar and electric cello, a surprise for the crowd. The final encore began with guitarist Good and Fortus playing the long intro to the song India, the first track on the first Psychedelic Furs album, coming full circle as they wound down the show to the finale encore, "Forever Now", fitting closure to the night, as Richard Butler thanked the fans for keeping the Furs alive.

Then Psychedelic Furs continue their 2024 US dates through May 17, before heading to Europe. For more on dates and news visit their website HERE.

The Psychedelic Furs - Wrong Train (Official Video) taken from the new album Made of Rain

Psychedelic Furs Photos Harold Mountain / JustAFanPhotos

Exene and John Doe Photos Harold Mounatin / JustAFanPhotos


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