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Happy Together Tour at the Paramount Theatre show preview


Two weeks forward, 20 years back: It feels like it was just last week (it was) that the Lost 80’s Live tour found its way to Denver. Now comes its baby boomer equivalent, the ‘60s-themed Happy Together Tour. Curated, as always, by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan — aka Flo & Eddie, aka the two main guys in The Turtles — this year’s package will feature a pair of support acts who, strangely enough, both had a thing for dressing in military attire.

Mark Lindsay was the frontman of Paul Revere & The Raiders, a band that staved off the British Invasion by dressing in Revolutionary War uniforms while performing hits like “Kicks,” “Just Like Me” and “Indian Reservation.” Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, who opted for Civil War garb, topped the charts with “Lady Willpower” and “Young Girl,” the latter featuring lyrics that, even in those days, should have raised red flags.

Rounding out the bill are The Buckinghams (“Kind of a Drag”), The Cowsills (“Hair”) and The Classics IV (“Spooky”). Whether any of those acts are able to hold a candle to Volman and Kaylan classics like “Happy Together,” “She’s My Girl” and “Elenore” remains to be seen. But given that the Happy Together Tour has only half the number of acts as Lost 80’s Live, at least they’ll have time to try.

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