Saturday, June 13th
2:00pm EST & 7:00pm EST
via Facebook Live
Event Link via Facebook: 7:00pm EST
On a mission to relive days watching MTV and MUCH in the basement so you didn’t drive your parents crazy, Abducted By The 80s presents
a virtual concert Back To the Basement — featuring the Spoons —
this Saturday, June 13th!
The event will take place via Facebook Live and, beyond their live-from-home performance slots, the artists will be on-hand for an online chat with fans.
“We are super excited to represent Canada in the ‘Back To The Basement’ virtual concert for Direct Relief and in support of health care workers on the front lines,” Spoons members Gord Deppe and Sandy Horne said. “This is going to be the 80s music event of the summer!”
They aren’t kidding…
The event will feature live-from-home performances from A Flock Of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, Naked Eyes, Animotion, The Escape Club, Nu Shooz, Annabella of Bow Wow Wow, Farrington & Mann of When In Rome, The Vapors, and – of course – the Spoons!
There will also be special guest appearances from
Tiffany, Downtown Julie Brown, and Richard Blade.
Limited edition shirts marking the event will raise funds in support of Direct Relief and their aid to doctors, nurses, first responders, and health care workers during COVID-19, as well as artist merchandise, to offset calendars of cancelled tours. “Direct Relief is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a stated mission to ‘improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care,’” Abducted By The 80s shares. “We are raising funds for their COVID-19 Relief program: Making sure the courage of health workers on the front lines is honoured with meaningful support, and the people most at risk in this pandemic are cared for – regardless of politics, religion, or ability to pay.”
There will be two screenings of Back To The Basement —
one at 2:00pm EST and another at 7:00pm EST.
“June 13th is the date,” the Spoons add. “See you then!”
The Spoons are fresh off their most recent video release for “New Day New World” — the title track from their 2019 album, and first in over eight years. It’s like a Zoom-call attendance list for the ages: the Canadian new wave icons are joined (virtually) by dozens of their friends, including Corey Hart, Glass Tiger’s Alan Frew, A Flock of Seagulls’ Mike Score, Wang Chung’s Nick Feldman, NHL player Curtis “Cujo” Joseph, Bif Naked, Ed The Sock, and many more.
New Day New World landed as the Spoons’ first album in over eight years. The release evokes the band’s long-time signature sound, while firmly transporting them into 2020; formed in 1980, Deppe and Horne soon made Spoons a different kind of household word. They would help define the sound of pop and new wave in the 80s with hits including “Nova Heart,” “Romantic Traffic,” “Old Emotions” and “Tell No Lies.” Their album Arias & Symphonies would go on to be named one of the ‘20 Most Influential Albums of The 80s’ by Chart Magazine, and their song “Nova Heart” was recently included in Bob Mersereau’s book The Top 100 Canadian Singles.