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    Thursday, January 01, 2009

    The Bangles Ring In The New Year In Hawaii

    The Bangles hit the stage before 2008 came to an end. Producer Jenny Leong from The Time Machine along with radio host Michael McCartney made the trek across the ocean from Maui to Oahu to watch The Bangles ring in the new year of 2009 from Waikiki.

    The band has been the most played group on our airwaves for twenty-five years and there was no way that members of The Time Machine Crew were going to miss out on their second return performance to Hawaii. Since the early eighties, The Bangles have topped the airplay list, followed by The Traveling Wilburys (if the Wilburys just put out one more album - they most likely would have tied). All the usual suspects like U2, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Madonna, Nirvana, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and other acts that filled the airwaves the last twenty-five years also filled out the top twenty acts most played on The Time Machine but it was The Bangles that ruled the AM and FM dial on Maui. Not only do their earlier albums still sound fresh on the radio but "Doll Revolution" is just as important an album today in 2009 as it was when it was released back in 2003. The Time Machine couldn't help but start playing the album as an import from Japan before it was available later that year in America. Their recent cover of The Beatles classic "Good Day Sunshine" and "Light My Way" for the Christmas season continue their reign.

    Drummer Debbi Peterson hit the skins with relish that so few drummers can touch.

    The guitar work bouncing back and forth between Vicki Peterson and Susanna Hoffs is always a treat to hear and watch in a concert setting.

    Both The Andersons and Chewy Marble have graced our airwaves and it was a treat to see the bass playing duties supplied by the talented Derrick Anderson.

    If the Bangles hit your neighborhood...make it a point to go. You will not be disappointed. Here's the setlist that set the tone for a wonderful new year. Everything will be fine in 2009!

    Above photograph: Vicki Peterson and Jenny Leong

    Hazy Shade Of Winter
    Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)
    Manic Monday
    If She Knew What She Wants
    Some Dreams Come True
    All About You
    The Rain Song
    September Gurls
    Here Right Now
    Going Down To Liverpool
    Single By Choice
    Get the Girl / Outside Chance
    Watching The Sky
    Hero Takes A Fall
    Auld Lang Syne
    Ride The Ride
    In Your Room
    Walk Like An Egyptian / Magic Bus
    Eternal Flame

    * Photograph courtesy of Jay Roach

    Left to right: Derrick Anderson, Jenny Leong, Michael McCartney and Susanna Hoffs

    Official Website for The Bangles

    The Bangles at MySpace Music

    Sample songs from "All Together Now" at MySpace Music

    Previous related links on The Time Machine:

    The Bangles - "I'm In Line" and "I Want You"

    "Light My Way" - New Holiday Song From The Bangles

    The Time Machine's Most Played Albums Of 2006

    Adam Marsland and his Bangles Blog

    Bangles Give The Time Machine An Online Plug

    ...and finally...don't just take our word for it:

    Honolulu Star Bulletin January 1st, 2009 Review from Nadine Kam

    The Bangles on CBS affiliate KGMB's "Sunrise" on December 31st, 2008

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    At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice review, but whatever happend with Michael Steele? Did they kick her out? And why does a man play bass now? It seems to be fishy to me that a band which always took its pride from being an all female band hires men now. Are there no girl bassists anymore or what??

    At 11:30 PM, Blogger The Time Machine said...

    Michael Steele retired a few years ago from the band after their last album "Doll Revolution" was released. The band has had a number of revolving bassists over the years all who had been women. This may be the first time that a man has handled those bass duties but the band has never been about being a "girl group" but just a rockin' band.

    It will be interesting to see if the film starring Kristin Stewart of "Twilight" will feature an actress portraying Michael Steele in the early days of The Runaways. This film is excutive produced by Kenny Laguna and Joan Jett who picked Kristin to portray her from portions of Cherie Currie's memoir "Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story".


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