Al G. from Chicago, Illinois
SURPRISED BY HOW MUCH I LIKED IT!
I happen to win the tickets on the radio and didn't expect much. Man was I surprised. The Motels (Lead singer) Killed it! Wang Chung was fantastic, haven't missed a beat in 30+ years. Surprise of the night for me was the Tubes. Loved there set. The band that I was most disappointed with was the Flock of Seagulls. Not sure if it was the first 4 songs they played that I didn't know, especially being the end of the night but the one song I did know, they tore it up. Was a pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the evening.
Vince S from Austin, Texas
GREAT ARTISTS AND LINEUP, HORRIBLE SOUND GUYS AND TECHNICAL TEAM
This review is of the 2019 version of this show. This would be a SOLID 5 star review if it weren't for numerous (literally DOZENS) of technical screwups and sound issues for this show. It began shortly after 6PM and ended at almost 11:30PM, so 5+ hours of 14 bands and performers from the 80s was close to pure heaven. But again back to the sound ... 12 of the 14 bands were frantically signalling from the stage that they were experiencing issues. Send Me an Angel (one of my favorite tracks of that decade) literally did not have the synth sounds working (only a drum and guitar ... yeah, try imagining that song without a synth and that is what it was ... super disappointing). The sound guys were still going ON STAGE and working on mics all the way up to the 2nd to the last song (Space Age Love Song); what a joke. But again, we had a great time and there was enough value and fun that it outweighed the sound and technical issues (at least for the audience; I'm sure the bands gave the sound guys a well deserved reaming after that evening of errors).
Rob Dudley from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
EVERYBODY WANG CHUNGED
The venue was good. Laid back vibe with good sightlines. So many bands on one stage with few songs caused technical issues, but it was a thrill to see The Vapors and The Motels perform live. Richard Blade was a genial host and the 80s videos were superb. It was fast and loose as it happened but the crowd enjoyed themselves, and I was delighted to be there.
AC from Dallas, Texas
I was excited to be going to the show since it was my first time going. I was disappointed there were so many issues with the microphones and the sound set ups. The best artists were the Motels and Wang Chung. It seemed like everything was unprepared and not ready for a show with so many artists. I don't think I'll be going next year.
John Hardie from Dallas, Texas
LOST 80'S DISASTER
This concert was a disgrace and technical disaster. I endure being surrounded by drunken, high idiots each year because the show has previously been so good. EVERY SINGLE ACT had technical issues to the point where it completely ruined the concert. The bands had to spend all their time interacting with the various crew members instead of the audience. This was amateur hour at it's worst. You'd think they never held a concert in Grand Prairie before. I really feel sorry for the artists here! The frustration and glaring looks to the side of the stage in Mike Score's face and that of his guitarist just emphasized what a fiasco this was. Imagine being in the middle of a song and crew members are running on stage to test your mic or instrument volume. This happened during several performances! In my opinion, heads should roll and fans should be given a refund. I've never seen anything like this at a concert. Ever. Even worse, promoter Rob Juarez has tried to censor people from commenting.
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