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Bananarama in Toronto Feb 23, 2018
AFTER THIRTY YEARS BANANARAMA ARE BACK WITH ORIGINAL LINEUP & REVEAL FIRST FOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES AS ICONIC TRIO
A once-in-a-lifetime cultural event that’s been exactly thirty years in the making, British pop outfit Bananarama touch down in 2018 for their first four dates ever in North America, as the original three-piece lineup – Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward, and Siobhan Fahey. First up, the ladies take over Los Angeles on February 20 before gigs in San Francisco, Toronto, and New York.
It took a kitchen sing-song to get ’80s British pop group Bananarama back together and out on the road after 30 years. Fahey left the band in 1988 to form Shakespears Sister, and Dallin and Woodward have been performing as a duo in recent years. They were joined briefly by Jacquie O’Sullivan, who took part in a 1989 world tour but left in 1991.
“We were having a dance around Siobhan’s kitchen a few years ago,” Woodward told The Associated Press in an interview. “And I said to her, ‘you just don’t understand the love and how it feels when you are getting your songs sung’ and I just thought it was such a shame she had never experienced it with us and it just seemed like such a crying shame really.”
Fahey, who now lives in Los Angeles, said she was excited to perform the band’s songs live.”I am re-familiarizing myself with our body of work over the summer,” she said. “I was so proud, it is really something to celebrate.”
This marks a very important first for the trio. Prodigal sister Fahey amicably split from the group back in 1988-thirty years to the date of this forthcoming tour. Even though Dallin and Woodward carried on as Bananarama, performed around the globe, and released six albums, they never properly toured in their initial incarnation with Fahey. That changes in 2018.
This reunion celebrates their enduring legacy as a three-piece and the seminal albums they recorded together such as Bananarama , True Confessions , and Wow! . Expect to hear show-stopping and stunning renditions of era-defining singles, including the Hot 100 #1 smash “Venus”, Top 5 hit “I Heard A Rumour”, “Cruel Summer”, “Robert De Niro’s Waiting”, and more.
The North American tour comes hot on the heels of their first UK tour as a three-piece this fall. About heading to North America, the girls commented, “America, you’ve been waiting for this one! It took a little while, but we’re finally coming to North America as a trio, and we’re so excited to give you an unforgettable show. Thanks for your patience. It’s going to be worth it!”
Cited in the Guinness Book of Records as “the most successful girl group of all-time” for achieving more hit singles than any female band in history, Bananarama forever changed the face of pop music worldwide. Blending pop, dance, and new wave with fresh fashion-forward fire and unbreakable confidence, they notched a total of thirty inescapable hit singles such as the immortal Hot 100 #1 “Venus,” “Cruel Summer,” and many more. To date, combined sales exceed 40 million and counting.
A special fan presale goes live Wednesday October 11, while general on-sale begins Friday October 13. Get tickets HERE.
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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.