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Tori Amos, LA Guns highlight local '80s nostalgia


The Paramount Theater has announced that Tori Amos will be performing at the Denver venue on November 19. - AMARPAUL KALIRAI / MERCURY CLASSICS
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  • The Paramount Theater has announced that Tori Amos will be performing at the Denver venue on November 19.

The Black Sheep is hosting a show that might just bring together the goths and the state fair-goers — you never can tell. The '80s glam metal band L.A. Guns will hit the venue on Sunday, July 23, joined by Budderside, Dirty Kings, and The Roxy Suicide.

Continuing on the subject of '80s nostalgia, tickets for Tori Amos' Nov. 19 show at the Paramount Theater went on sale this past Friday. And yes, we know that Tori's debut solo album came out in 1992, but who can forget her deep, dark secret '80s synthpop band Y Kant Tori Read?

The group's self-titled debut album — which also features Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Kajagoogoo keyboardist Kim Bullard — scores high on the '80s cliché meter, thanks to overly emotive vocals, shiny synths and heavily gated drums. But all that pales before the accompanying video, in which Tori goes all Tawny Kitaen, complete with white negligee, halo-lit hair, and cringe-worthy choreography.

Thankfully, Amos has put all that behind her, but it never hurts to bring it up. She'll be releasing her new album, Native Invader, in early September

Meanwhile, coming from the other end of the '80s, Adam Ant will be playing the Paramount on Sept. 26. The newly announced Denver stop is part of the Antmusic icon's current Anthems: The Singles Tour, which will feature repertoire ranging from Adam & The Ants' breakthrough "Stand and Deliver" up through his most recent (and remarkably not-bad) comeback album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter.

All of which brings us, finally, to Bruce Cockburn. Although arguably the least '80s of the bunch, the Canadian singer-songwriter is nonetheless best known for his mid-'80s hit, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," a song whose chilling closing line ("If I had a rocket launcher, some son of a bitch would die") would be banned in this country today. Cockburn will be playing Feb. 16 at the Boulder Theater, an 800-capacity venue that notoriously sells out months in advance, so you may not want to sleep on this one.

Additional reporting this week by Bill Forman. Send news, photos and music to

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