Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Don't look up

A new music venue is opening in Edwardsville and A Flock of Seagulls is one of the first acts booked. I'm a sucker for 'has been' 80's bands and I'm looking foward to seeing this one.


The walls still need painting. The floors need sweeping.The green room, where performers will lounge and get ready for their shows, still needs to be furnished.And a deadline is looming large. The Spitfire Theatre is set to open this Friday with Richard Lewis, a top-name act in stand-up comedy, as its first headliner. Spitalik, 35, a former stand-up comedian whose flame-eating act earned him the nickname “Spitfire,” is accustomed to the spotlight. But he isn’t free with jokes at the moment. The owner of the new business concedes he’s staking “a lot” on a belief that he, Edwardsville, other area business owners and the region will benefit from the mid-size entertainment venue he’s creating at the revived Gateway Shopping Center.....

He already has bookings into November. Among them are national acts like The Knack and A Flock of Seagulls, as well as local bands. Entertainment will vary from pop to country, jazz to swing.


D.B. Echo said...

So I hear Richard Lewis, the first act scheduled to perform there, has been indefinitely postponed. That's not a good sign.

I vaguely remember A Flock Of Seagulls playing a show in Kingston 15 or 20 years ago. "Space Age Love Song" is a great song - well, not Great, but great.

As I learned from seeing Billy Idol play at the HFStival last year, don't assume anything about an older act. Billy Idol put on a fantastic show, had the crowd eating out of his hand, and was nothing like the snarling jerk portrayed by Sting on Saturday Night Live.

pope george ringo said...

His Holiness will not be going; nor, do I believe will Gort. They do not serve alcohol, and that and not the disappearance of Richard Lewis seals this club's doom. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

Spitalik ran off with a prospective waitress and said the hell with it.