July 20, 2007
V 35 Issue 29

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Erasure privileges Seattle fans to Northwest-only appearance at Paramount Theatre
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Tuesday, July 24 - 8pm
Moore Theatre - $33.50-$43.50

What do Amy Winehouse, The White Stripes, Linkin Park, The Cure and Erasure have in common? Asides from being gifted, successful artists in their own right there's the fact that neither is taking their newest tours to Portland. Instead, they're playing Seattle. Specifically with Erasure, they're skipping the entire Northwest with the exception of their sole performance at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Tuesday night.

With the release of their chart-riding album, Light at the End of the World, and a brief jaunt on Cyndi Lauper's Gay-cheerleading "True Colors" tour, plus a North American-European headlining trek, Erasure is making 2007 one of the busiest years of their multi-decade career. The duo, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, have long been a favorite of pop-wave listeners and club hoppers, drawing loyal fan bases on both sides of the Atlantic. The pair's arsenal of hits includes "Chains of Love", "Oh l'Amour", "Love to Hate You", "A Little Respect" and cover versions of Abba's "Take a Chance on Me" and Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill". In total, Erasure has sold more than 20 million copies of their albums worldwide. And it appears this veteran act is far from retirement.

According to Erasure's publicist, Tuesday's show is a do-not-miss event. From a set list that includes old favorites and new material to an eye-popping costume and stage design, this performance is said to be a dazzling treat for the eyes and ears. At press time, only 200 tickets in the upper balcony were available, signaling an eventual sold out concert. If you don't have tickets yet, buy them ASAP. Remember, Erasure isn't playing Portland and they aren't heading to Vancouver BC, so Seattle is the only Northwest city to catch their latest tour - and that alone is worth the ticket price. This concert will likely draw a huge Gay crowd. Sonya's Bar and Grill, a non-hetero lounge-restaurant on First Avenue, is a nice place to grab pre or post-show cocktails. The basement bar at the Moore is also a cool hangout spot. A. Rodriguez

Artist essentials: Hits! The Very Best of Erasure featuring all their great songs, and watch Erasure's video for "I Could Fall in Love with You" on YouTube.


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