The Fixx At Old Rock House, 8/22/12: Review & Setlist

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These songs saw the band charting some heavier waters by blending some bar band rock n' roll oomph into their material. Another newie, "Beautiful Fiction"changed things up, showing some melodic restraint via a fragile melody supported by more subdued vocals. "Outside" slowed the pace down a bit with Rupert Greenall's sweeping synths and great guitar work from James West-Oram.

"One Thing Leads To Another" brought on the first audience singalong of the evening as Curnin whipped the audience into a frenzy. Clearly enjoying the moment, the singer smiled as he worked the room.

"The Fool" picked up the tempo with a driving beat, knockabout percussion and jangly guitars that got the crowd going. Next, the band stated its case with "Stand Or Fall," which was reborn as a toe tapping stomper. "Saved By Zero" closed out the set and was met with wild jubilation. It remains just a haunting today as it did in 1983.

The encore began with the percussion grooviness of "Shaman" before moving into more classic terrain with a terrific rendition of "Red Skies" that led into a bashed out version of "Are We Ourselves?"

The finale "Secret Separation," was a show stopper thanks to Curnin's sly nod to Tina Turner's "Better Be Good To Me" by incorporating elements of the song into the bridge (he and West-Oram worked on her Private Dancer album).

The Fixx was well received by an audience of ebullient devotees whose applause gave the band more energy. It was refreshing to see these guys feed off of that as they delivered a fresher sound, rebooted by experience and renewed by a new sense of purpose. It is obvious that after three decades of making music together this band is still having a lot of fun.

Setlist for the Fixx at The Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO, August 22,2012

Deeper And Deeper Anyone Else Just Before Dawn Take A Risk How Much Is Enough? Driven Out Beautiful Friction What God Outside One Thing Leads To Another The Fool Stand or Fall Woman On A Train Fatal Shore Saved By Zero Encore Shaman Red Skies Are We Ourselves? Secret Seperation

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