Many concert goers caught the New Wave this year with groups that hit it big in the past and still manage to go strong despite a tough music business. Instead of playing one certain venue older acts played all over the city depending on popularity and guesswork of ticket sales. Some struggled and some of the girls just had fun.

Stevie Nicks dropped in early to the United Center with Rod Stewart and didn’t “Stand Back” even returning for a solo show in the late summer. While there were some memorable tracks on her album In Your Dreams produced by the Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart, her show was at moments self indulgent. When she talked about not being able to find her car at a veterans hospital visit it was time to fly before any Rumours started…

Duran Duran packed the House of Blues selling out their show in a matter of minutes. They proved “All You Need Is Now” with a currently underrated album that was produced by Mark Ronson who also worked with Boy George not too long ago. They come back to town at the Chicago Theatre on October 21st and we can see if Simon packs his beard along with him.

The Go-Go’s brought a “Vacation” to the outdoor Ravinia venue. Attendees sipped wine and ate crackers on the line while jamming to the B-52’s and these “Ladies Gone Wild.” After they gained a much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Street Festivals booked many a blast from the past with mixed results. Lisa Lisa, Spandau Ballet, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Expose were here to stay over the summer in Chicago.
Men Without Hats and the Human League finish off the festival circuit with Oysterfest. Hopefully it doesn’t stink!
Debbie Gibson and Tiffany sprang up at the House of Blues to sing “Sisters Are Doing for Themselves” talk about a double whammy. Speaking of Wham! George Michael is currently working on a gay album. Have I died and gone to Heaven 17?

Blondie returned to her roots at the House of Blues playing a setlist that changed at every venue to keep it fresh. “One Way or Another” she will break into fans hearts and keep them “Dreaming” of her. With The Bangles on their way and even rare live acts like Morrissey heading to town, the future is so bright Debbie had to wear shades!