Posted in music | tour dates on July 9, 2014

by Bill Pearis


The Bangles reformed in the early '00s and have been going ever since (though Michael Steele bowed out of the band in 2005), most recently releasing Sweetheart Of The Sun in 2011. Their terrific 1982 debut EP is getting reissued soon with bonus tracks from the era so keep an eye out for that. Meanwhile, Susannah Hoffs, and sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson continue to tour and will play two nights at NYC's City Winery on October 6 & 7. Tickets for thsoe shows are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

While some associate The Bangles with the silly but fun "Walk Like an Egyptian" and shmaltzy "Eternal Flame," the band got their start -- when they were just called The Bangs (as in Lester) -- as part of LA's early-'80s Paisley Underground scene that spawned Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and The Three O'Clock. All four members wrote and sang, and they have exceptional taste in covers -- a lot of people first heard Big Star's "September Gurls" as The Bangles' version on 1984's All Over the Place. Song streams and videos below...


The Bangles - Hero Takes A Fall

The Bangles - Hero Takes A Fall (on Letterman)

Bangles - The Real World

The Bangles - Going Down To Liverpool

The Bangles - 2014 Tour Dates
July 12 - Eastside Cannery - Las Vegas, NV
July 27 - City Winery - Chicago, IL
July 28 - City Winery - Chicago, IL
Oct 2 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
Oct 3 - Boulton Performing Arts CTR - Bay Shore, NY
Oct 4 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia PA
Oct 6 - City Winery - NYC
Oct 7 - City Winery - NYC
Oct 9 - Ram's Head on Stage - Annapolis, MD



Tags: The Bangles

Comments (16)

Poor examples of their early work. Youtube took down the good recordings they did during the copyright apocalypse.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2014 7:37 PM

Susanna Hoffs was smoking hot and has held up very well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2014 9:46 PM

Actually, Bill's summary of the Bangles tells the truth. Early Bangles are amazing when they're covering Chilton or Jules Shear and being part of the LA Paisley scene. Later Bangles, after the big label got them all made up and overproduced, are complete schlock.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2014 9:47 PM

Thanks for posting the videos...I'd not seen "The Real World" before, and loved it.

I work in animation in Hollywood, and one of the vendors that I used to talk to on a daily basis had a receptionist that I got to casually know, and talk music with. Who turned out to be Annette Zilinskas, playing that cool Vox Teardrop bass in "The Real World". By then, she was in Blood In The Saddle, and one day, there was a new receptionist. *Sigh...*

But I got to see them back when they were the Bangs, and treasure the memories.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2014 11:55 PM

BV, last night there were about 100 comments on this post. I was planning on reading them with my coffee this morning. WTF?

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 9:06 AM

I liked the Bangles before they were cool.

The Bangles were cool to me, before they became cool to everyone else.

Only their old stuff that no one knows about is the only stuff that's good.


Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 10:26 AM

9:06 it was just one old dude complaining about how the Bangles sucked and everyone else laughing at him

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 10:43 AM

I'd never heard that song from the 1st EP, "The Real World," before. Real Byrds-y. I now regret passing on a copy of that EP in a thrift store for $1.00 a couple of years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 1:50 PM

I would let any member of the bangles stroke my tiny dick.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 2:01 PM

Goddamn that Susannah Hoffs... she's a gift to mankind. Still looks good

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 4:44 PM

10:26, we get your joke but in this case it happens to be true.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 5:34 PM

Too bad they didn't stick with the vibe they had going in that Real World video. They were on fire. They all look great too, without the cheesy 80's haircuts.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 5:47 PM

The Real World is a really great song.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 8:52 PM

Susanna Hoffs' solo album is the best album of the 90s. "When You're a Boy," 1991, absolute classic.

nothing wrong with "Eternal Flame" or the rest of Everything. The Bangles were great early, middle & late.

not City Winery, though. maybe next time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2014 10:21 PM

her second album was even better bro

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2014 9:01 PM

City Winery? Lame.

Play Irving Plaza.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2014 10:08 PM

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