'I Want My 80s Concert' Review

Dee Snider - I Want My 80s

Tiffany, Dee Snider, and Debbie Gibson perform onstage during the "I Want My 80's" concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2015 in New York City.

The fun flashback fest took fans back to the '80s Friday night. 

Children of the '80s went back to the future Friday (Nov. 6) for the sing-along "I Want My 80s Concert" at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The night read like a rewind of Billboard charts during the decade: '80s teen queens Debbie Gibson and Tiffany; synth-pop pioneers Mike Score of A Flock of Seagulls and Howard Jones; hip-hop founding fathers DMC (of Run-D.M.C.) and Tone Loc; and rockers Dee Snider, of Twisted Sister, and Lou Gramm, the voice of Foreigner's biggest anthems. (The stars have combined for 51 top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits in their careers).

Original MTV VJ Martha Quinn (in spandex for a spell) emceed the nearly three-hour bill, backed throughout by deft '80s cover band Jessie's Girl, who linked the headliners' sets with amped-up covers including show opener "The Final Countdown" (originally by Europe), "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (Wham!) and "Video Killed the Radio Star" (the Buggles, famously the first video MTV spun Aug. 1, 1981).

Among the many highlights: Tiffany's take on Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine"; Gibson's "Shake Your Love," "Out of the Blue" and "Only in My Dreams" medley; Score's "I Ran (So Far Away"); Jones' "Everlasting Love," "No One Is to Blame" and "Things Can Only Get Better"; DMC's "It's Tricky;" Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing"; Snider's not-quite family-friendly "We're Not Gonna Take It"; and Gramm's finale of "Feels Like the First Time," "Jukebox Hero" and "I Want to Know What Love Is," the latter lifted higher by the soaring vocals of the Harlem Gospel Choir.

All acts wrapped the night with a joyous cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."

Courtesy of Billboard

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