The Kinks: 8/23/1980


Some people seem to be pretty down on The Kinks, which is understandable. They think that their music in the 80’s was too commercial, and some people are upset over Ray Davies’ relationship with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. That said, I am glad that I got to see the band before they collapsed. I thought they were really good live, playing a nice mix of old and new songs with the same energy and enthusiasm.

Since this concert was almost 37 years ago, a lot of the details are fuzzy, but I remember the playfulness of the band on stage. They would tease the crowd with a few chords from a song, stop, and then play something else, returning to the song later to satisfy the hungry audience.

Some of the songs that stand out in my memory are “Lola,” “You Really Got Me,” “Paranoia,” and “All Day and All of the Night.”

I was not able to find the setlist online, but I did find a site where someone took photos from this show and posted them. Pretty cool! Here’s the link if you want to check them out.

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