Posted On 04 Jun 2019
Last Saturday night (6/1), Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre hosted the 3rd Annual Strange 80s concert event. Presented by Charity Bomb, for roughly 3 hours, various combinations of music acts occupied the stage and performed some of the biggest hits of the 80’s.
Charity Bomb is a non-profit organization founded by four philanthropic friends to produce benefit shows for a variety of charitable organizations in the scope of music.
Hosted by MTV personality Matt Pinfield, this fully immersive concert experience benefited Talinda Bennington’s mental health initiative “320 Changes Direction” which she formed after her husband, Chester Bennington died. This organization serves those who suffer from mental health, depression and addiction issues.
The night began with music from students from the Paramount Academy of Music. They performed The Clash’s “Train In Vain.” As the event rolled on, some of the 80’s favorites heard were Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love,” Misfit’s “Astro-Zombies,” Tears for Fears’ “Mad World,” Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” Prince’s “Purple Rain,” Heart’s “Alone,” Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and many others.
About half-way through the show, Sum 41’s Frank Zummo performed Faith No More’s “Epic,” Aerosmith’s “Walk The Way,” Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn,” Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” and Van Halen’s “Jump.” Five Headed Cobra entertained with tracks from Motley Crue and Guns N’Roses followed soon after by Atlas Genuis who sang The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” and Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round.” Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes performed David Bowie’s “Blue Jean” and Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” along with No Doubt’s Adrian Young
One big highlight of the night was when Chester Bennington’s son, Jaime Bennington played The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” with support from Weezer member Scott Shriner and Sugarcult’s Marko Desantis.
Strange 80s 3D closers included the well-known violinist Lindsey Stirling and she played Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and Europe’s “The Final Countdown” and finally Gavin Rossdale who performed an acoustic cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” and Simple Minds’ “Don’t You.” The band Drop The Needle finished out the night. This group is made up of Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins, Fabrizio Grossi, Rafa Moreira and Alex Alessandroni Jr.. They performed Power Station’s “Some Like It Hot” and KISS’ “I Was Made for Loving You.”
“Music can play an important role for those who are hurting emotionally –it can soothe, heal, and inspire hope. Give an Hour, through our public health initiative, the Campaign to Change Direction, is excited –and grateful –to partner once again with Charity Bomb for Strange 80s –a wildly fun concert that will definitely be good for everyone’s emotional well-being!” explains Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour.
Along with all the incredible throw-back tunes, well-known 80’s icons were seen walking around the venue as well all night long. Princess Leia, Indiana Jones and famous villains Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger and Michael Myers casually strolled the Fonda throughout the show. Of course many concert-goers were also decked out in their best 80’s attire.
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