Psychedelic Furs to play in St. Petersburg

July 25, 2013 

The Psychedelic Furs, like countless other British bands, first hit American ears in the post-punk, (a.k.a. New Wave), era of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Unlike a lot of those other bands, they're still around today, and by all accounts they're still performing great concerts.

The PsyFurs put on a fan-pleasing show at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg back in March, and they're coming back to the same venue on Sunday.

They're best known for their hits "Heartbreak Beat" and "Love My Way," and, of course, "Pretty in Pink." The John Hughes movie -- or at least the title for it -- was inspired by the song, not the other way around, but the song became a hit only after the Furs re-recorded it for the massively popular film soundtrack.

They band broke up in the 1990s, with founding members Richard and Tim Butler starting Love Split Love. But they re-formed the Furs in 2000.

Richard Butler's droning and subdued vocals still sound much as they did back in the "Pretty in Pink" days, and his bass-playing brother and the rest of the band have drawn raves from long-time fans.

Details: 7 p.m. July 28, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 day of show. Information: 727-895-3045,

-- Marty Clear

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