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A Flock Of Seagulls And
Anabella Brought
The '80s To Kent

July 22, 2023

MTV era icons, A Flock Of Seagulls and Anabella from Bow Wow Wow stopped at the Kent Stage last night to bring a bit of '80s nostalgia to Gen X fans.

Formed in Liverpool, England, A Flock of Seagulls made a huge impact on the masses with their music videos and hair styles in the early 1980's.  Keyboardist and lead singer Mike Score is the only original member currently in the band.

Score has surrounded himself with good musicians who are keeping the sound of A Flock of Seagulls alive.

"Modern Love Is Automatic" from their self-titled album kicked off the show.  

During the first six songs, there were technical difficulties after each song.  There were extended pauses as Score went to the side of the stage to discuss the problems he was having.

Finally, after "Transfer Affection" several crew members swarmed the stage and it looked like they switched out one of the monitors and that seemed to have fixed the problem.

The rest of the show went on without a problem.

Score and the rest of the band waited until the very end of the set to play their three biggest hit songs.

Long time bassist for the band, Pando, invited fans to come down front to sing and dance with the band.

Several people, including myself, took him up on his offer and sang along with "Space Age Love Song," "Wishing (I had a photograph of you)" and of course "I Ran (So Far Away.")

Are there three songs better that can incapsulate the '80s than those three?

The band returned to encore with "Messages."

Annabella Lwin, the former lead singer of Bow Wow Wow, brought a very energetic set to the stage.

Her sixty minute set may have been a bit too long for an opening act that has had marginal success here in the States.

She was very good, but a tighter thirty minute set or so would have been perfect.  She did however, leave everyone happy by ending her show with "I Want Candy."

Overall, it was a very good walk down memory lane.

Review and photos by Greg Drugan

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