Last Friday, 80’s Fest hit the stage in Sterling Heights at Freedom Hill. With a lively party feel, the festival, sponsored by WOMC, was definitely a great way to give fans a taste of the decade with performances from The Romantics, Loverboy and Rick Springfield.
Detroit’s own power pop band The Romantics kicked things off with a energetic set that saw hits like “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”, “Talking in Your Sleep” and “Stone Pony”. The band brought the crowd to its feet for closer “What I Like About You”.
Canadian rock group Loverboy were up next and really stole the show with a power-packed set that saw them ripping through songs like opener “Notorious”, “The Kid Is Hot Tonite” and “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It”. As each hard rocker was pulled out, the crowd packed in and became more and more involved. The band closed with a back to back punch of “Turn Me Loose” and “Working For The Weekend”, which had everybody on their feet dancing and singing along.
Rocker Rick Springfield closed the evening out and kept the energy going as he burst onto the stage to the screams of the largely female audience after a video package of his career highlights introduced him. The ageless singer is riding a wave of renewed interest after his turn on HBO’s “True Detective” and a co-starring role opposite Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash”.
Springfield is gearing up for the January release of his new album, Rocket Science, and included a couple of tracks from the forthcoming release during his set including opener “Light This Party Up”. He went on to pull out a number of his hits including “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody” as well as a hard hitting cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar”. The recently turned 66 year old also took time to have the crowd sing Happy Birthday to him.
Springlfield also headed to the crowd for “Don’t Talk To Strangers” where he spotted three young sisters ranging in age who he brought on stage to dance and sing along with him. He then returned to the crowd for “Human Touch” where ecstatic females clamored to get near him and snap selfies as he made his way from one end to the other, handing our hugs and high-fives along the way.
He began the evening sporting a Ramones shirt but returned for his encore in a sleeveless black buttoned shirt that showed off his still-ripped biceps. After teasing the crowd with the start of “Jessei’s Girl”, he finally kicked into the full song before pulling out “I’ll Make You Happy” and “Kristina”, which found him pulling open his shirt to the delight of the female audience.