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Phone (619) 437-6000
Price $25-$62
Age Suitability None Specified
Categories Musicals Theater


Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 7:30p
Horton Grand Theatre San Diego, CA

The Greatest Hits of the 80s Live at the Horton Grand

Remember the mixtape?
The cassette tape that held that just-right mix of your favorite music.
It was the perfect way to remember a feeling…make a statement…share your heart.

MIXTAPE is an amazing collection of those favorite memories from the 80s – the music of Genesis, Dire Straits, Journey, Paul Simon, The Cure, U2, Duran Duran, the B52s, Madonna, Sting, Michael Jackson… and much, much more.

Created by LAMB'S71

Location & Nearby Info
Horton Grand Theatre
444 Fourth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 437-6000
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Reviews & Comments
Aug 04, 2012 - secondopinion
Smurf Worthy Nugget

It is what the description says, though some of those songs were 70's hits (I your Venus, Donna Summer, etc.) and some were not songs worth remembering in our book though it was nice to hear the lyrics never clear enough to understand in the original versions. And the show is just that, a medley of songs mainly with occasional narrative giving a pop review of the 80's in the manner of those endless Boomer reviews of the 60's that have filled in so many remembrances and not a few movie sound tracks.

I was less enthralled than the cheering crowd by the opening 20 minutes of cartoon songs and commercials as the best ideas for that decade. Were My Little Pony and Transformers life defining? I'd have thought Pee Wee Herman or Blade Runner was more significant even for pop culture. There were moments of Madonna, MJ and the like though I would agree that Cindy Lauper who shows up as a thread was perhaps more substantial. Thread is a strong term though for this show. Music is thrown together with little coherence except blended melody or semblance of lyrics.

Talents of the troop are uneven with some weaker than others and some fitting certain selections and quite poor at others. One moment there is a striking rendition but only of a fragment and the next a face flop.

The 80's were not the worst of times and the music was not either. They remembered Aids and the Challenger as about all the substance of the times. My music selections would have been different and I would have remembered Reagan era propaganda as having paved the path that brought the double speak, anti-regulation regulators and trickle down economics that brought disaster 20 years later. Certainly far more relevant to 2012 than Just Say No. But this is a happy days, la la show much like those revisits of the 50's were 25 years after. One wonders what shill will try to convince us in 2025 that the 00's were a great time for music and fighting terror everywhere. Well, maybe they were ...once you see what a mess the 2020's are!

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