Spoiler Alert for Erasure: Tour Hits Minneapolis
Erasure entered the music scene in the thick of synthpop in 1985 and quickly because one of the UKs most successful artists of the late 1980s-mid 90s. They didn’t quit when the 80s synthpop sound took a back seat to grunge, however. They continued releasing hits and climbing charts across the world. By 2007, erasure had landed 3 Top 20 hits in the US on the Billboard Hot 100. They continue to prove themselves as they bring their World Be Gone Tour across the nation, and it stops at the State Theatre July 29.
Andy Sturmey reviewed one of their shows from the tour in thisisnoretro.com. This is from The Roundhouse in London – their homeland – and the review could not have been better. Spoiler: the rest of this reveals the setlist from that night.
“Arriving just a few weeks after the release of ‘World Be Gone’, the more thoughtful tracks from that album gave the audience reason to pause, being less familiar but also among the most mature and complex songs Erasure have ever delivered.
“…Newer tracks sounded impressive against the older classics, including the dark, icy, vaguely Goldfrapp-esque ‘Oh What A World’, a track full of drama heightened by its analogue synth sounds and robotic vocal delivery.
“With each of the older tracks receiving subtle embellishments or a complete reworking, this made for a stunning Erasure show. It was with whoops of delight and hands in the air all around when the infectious, irrepressible classic ‘A Little Respect’ started, the place erupting with joy as they sent this enduring pop duo on their way.”
Here is the complete setlist that the reviewer awarded the show 5/5 stars: Breath of Life / Drama! / It Doesn’t Have toBe / Love You to the Sky / Oh L’Amour / Chorus / Oh What a World / Just a Little Love / Blue Savannah / InMy Arms / Sweet Summer Loving / Knocking on Your Door / Love toHate You / Sometimes / Still It’s Not Over / Phantom Bride / Here I Go Impossible Again / Stop! / Chains of Love / Always / World Be Gone / Lousy Sum of Nothing / Take Me Out of Myself / Chains of Love / Victim of Love / A Little Respect
See how their new plays against their classic on Sunday, July 29 at 7:30. The State Theatre tickets are $35- $89. Park for just $6 all day on Sundays at both Park and Shop ramps by the venue.