Win Tickets ($70): The Psychedelic Furs / The Church @ Crystal Ballroom | Alternative Rock, Space Rock, Ambient

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Psychedelic Furs / The Church @ Crystal Ballroom on September 2. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 31.

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The Psychedelic Furs / The ChurchThe Psychedelic Furs / The Church
September 2, 2015
Doors 7 pm / Show 8 p.m. | $35 | All Ages

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

If you were to dissect the alternative rock dominating today’s music, you’ll find that much of it pays homage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, and his bass-wielding brother Tim, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.The Furs debut, a self-titled album from 1980 was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The LP quickly established the band at radio in Europe and was a top 20 hit in the UK. The album also found success in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. The Furs found success in the U.S. with their next release, 1981’s Talk Talk Talk, which saw the band making its debut on the US album charts.

In New Zealand, meanwhile, the band grew immensely popular, as it reached the top of the charts, the first in a string of Furs’ albums to chart in the New Zealand Top 10. In the UK, the album spun off two charting singles, “Dumb Waiters” and the original version of “Pretty in Pink”. The latter song served as inspiration for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name, and was rerecorded for the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack. In 1982, the Furs recorded Forever Now, with producer Todd Rundgren in Woodstock, New York. This album included “Love My Way”, which became yet another UK and US chart hit. The Furs’ 1984 release Mirror Moves was produced by Keith Forsey, and featured the songs “The Ghost in You” and “Heaven”. Both charted in throughout the world, and “Heaven” became the band’s highest charting UK hit at the time. Also, “The Ghost In You” was a smash single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

By the mid-80s, the band had become a staple on both U.S. college and modern rock radio stations. Simultaneously, they were experiencing consistent mainstream success, placing several singles in the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1986, the band recorded a sax-infused version of “Pretty in Pink” for the soundtrack of the film of the same name. Released as a single, it became their biggest hit to that time in the U.S., and their biggest ever UK hit. On the heels of the successful soundtrack, the ban immediately recorded ” Midnight to Midnight”, their biggest Top 40 success to date, but also a more overtly commercial effort than the Furs had ever recorded before. The album featured the single “Heartbreak Beat”, which became the Psychedelic Furs biggest hit on the U.S. Top 40. The album also featured drummer Paul Garisto and sax player Mars Williams, both of whom continue to tour with the band. In the wake of Midnight To Midnight, the Furs found themselves ill at ease with their new commercial direction, and subsequently returned to a rawer sound with “All That Money Wants”, a 1988 track especially recorded for a best-of compilation album “All Of This And Nothing”. 1989’s Book of Days and 1991’s World Outside also saw a return to the earlier Furs’ style.

The Furs’ steady chart success continued with three #1 hits on the newly-established U.S. Modern Rock chart between 1988 and 1991. “All That Money Wants” was a #1 hit in 1988, while “House” topped the chart in 1990, and “Until She Comes” was #1 in 1991. The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with the Butler brothers going on to create the band “Love Spit Love” along with current Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. Love Spit Love released two albums and enjoyed some chart success as well. After spending most of the decade apart, the Butlers reignited The Psychedelic Furs in 2000, and released a live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, which also featured a new studio recording, “Alive (For Once In My Lifetime).” Since then, lead singer Richard Butler has released an eponymous solo album produced by Jon Carin, and has hinted at the possibility of a new Psychedelic Furs album. Currently, the band continues to tour around the world. The Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).

The Church: IT’S A UNIQUE BAND that finds itself cherished as a bona fide legend in the ARIA Hall of Fame while remaining a virtual enigma to the world that knows its name. But maybe that’s no more remarkable than the mystery that continues to unfold within its own ranks.

The church’s accidental signature tune, Under The Milky Way, is like a lighthouse on the brink of a continent forever to be discovered: 25 albums over 35 years and countless diversions that have almost destroyed them a dozen times, yet always reaffirm a mutual commitment to an uncompromising and unparalleled act of creation.

At this stage of the journey, FURTHER/ DEEPER seems both unimaginable and the only option on their endless quest from chaos to resolution. It’s an album of breathtaking new vistas and intense emotions, of sinister black caskets and gorgeous caverns of light, a work born of immense struggle and effortless expression.

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65 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): The Psychedelic Furs / The Church @ Crystal Ballroom | Alternative Rock, Space Rock, Ambient

  1. stephanie lewis August 19, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    Love both these bands!

  2. Justin Byxbe August 19, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    I WANT!

  3. Sean O'Brien August 19, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Two of my favorite bands from high school. Saw the Furs in Santa Barbara around ’92 and would love to see them again.

  4. John LaRue August 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    These fellows took so much of my money in the ’80s, it’s time they gave back! :^>

  5. Marie August 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    The quintessential bands from the late 80s!

  6. Cathy August 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    I’d love to go to this show. I remember both these bands from the “first time around”.

  7. Eric August 20, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    I never lost track of The Church & saw them at the Aladdin a few months ago—they’re as vital a force as they’ve ever been. The Furs, however, I last saw in 1987, and the prospect of seeing both these bands together is wild…

  8. Kim August 20, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    This would be great to see!

  9. John Thomas August 20, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    love 80s bands,and pretty in pink

  10. Debbie August 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    my faded memories of the day need a reboot – send me to the show

  11. Serendipity August 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    Ooh pick me, pick me!

  12. tom August 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    I love them both, I love them both, I LOVE THEM BOTH!!!!

  13. viola August 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    oh gosh, I would be so pretty in pink while underneath the milky way

  14. shobha August 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    I want to feel 18 again! I saw the Church in 1988 in Boston, such good memories!

  15. Kristy Alberty August 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    I saw Richard Butler several years ago when he rocked the Ballroom (after sitting thru ENDLESS OPENING ACTS that night!), but it would be fantastic to see both Butler brothers in concert.

    “There are those who call him…… Tim?” (extra bonus points if you get the movie reference.

    Personally, I am really enjoying the ’80s alternative groups/performers who are touring now.
    It may be wrong to feel this way, but it does make me feel good inside that the people who filled my life with such great music in my young adulthood are still capable of entertaining and creating music. I know that for every one of them who performs in concert, there are probably relics of the ’80s who didn’t survive that decade as well.

    I would be an enthusiastic, and deeply grateful, spectator at this concert! Due to a recent auto accident, I’m not sure I can purchase tickets at this time, so this timing is great.

    Cheers to both bands!

    • Christina August 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      Under the Milky way, an all time favorite!

      I would love to win tickets to this concert because I am a product of the “80’s” many memories, the good, the bad and the not so pretty!

      Being a full time student, and no able to afford much this summer, now that the Summer term has ended, this concert would be a nice treat to have. A summertime memory before starting school again in the fall. This concert would bring back many musical memories from my younger years, and also create new ones.
      I have never been in the Crystal ballroom, I hear it is beautiful, and I would be one grateful lady for getting the chance to wind these tickets.

  16. kylie August 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    This would be so much fun!

  17. Shaley Howard August 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    OMG it’s the Psychedelic Furs!!! Who WOULDN’T wanna see them! Please pick me!!! Huge fan!

  18. Margaret August 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    Would love this!

  19. Dave August 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    So much fun!!

  20. Lynn August 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    Pretty in pink!!!

  21. James Belcher August 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Would love to see The Church live. Starfish is in my Top 100 albums.

  22. Chantel August 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    This is on my day off and I would love to go!!!! What an amazing show I am sure it will be.

  23. Marie August 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    The ghost of you is under the milky way…

  24. Andy August 20, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    Please, please, please let me get what I want.

  25. Jenna August 20, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    Please let me be Molly Ringwald for a night!

  26. Wynand August 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    My Heartbreak beat will end if I can’t go

  27. Guy August 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    The Furs this would be awesome to be able to bring my daughter to, flash backs

  28. hannah August 20, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    The only fur I’ll ever wear…could be these tickets!

  29. Michelle August 21, 2015 at 6:04 am #

    Psychedelic Furs! Blast from the Past! Please pick me.

  30. Huber August 21, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Psychedelic Furs are AWESOME!! PLEASE!!

  31. Michael August 21, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    OMG this would be a dream come true… My teenage years all over agin

  32. Aleksandra August 21, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    This would be great to go to. My husband might even like it!

  33. Jennifer August 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    This would be awesome! I could use some real new wave music in my life.

  34. Michelle August 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be so pretty in pink.

  35. David August 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    The Psychedelic Furs were one of the first bands that I could really call my own. I didn’t get into them because of my older sister, and I didn’t get into them because of one of my friends. I just heard them on the radio and fell in love. In all these years since, I’ve never managed to see them live, and it would make me the happiest man in the world is I got to see them this time around. The Church, another of my favorite bands, would be icing on the cake. :-)

  36. Lisa August 21, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Inside me the time moves, and she don’t fade …

  37. Laura Garnet August 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

    Pick me! I’d love to see the FURS!

  38. Amy Carrick August 22, 2015 at 5:49 am #

    This would be a wonderful, perfect way ti spend my Birthday – I still love bother the Psychedelic Furs & The Church – especially the Psychedelic Furs whom I love been a fan since 1982!

  39. Jeremiah August 22, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Something shimmering and white…or is it pink

  40. Kathy August 23, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    I would listen and dance to The Psychedelic Furs with my sister in our room in junior high, I was too young to go to any shows. I have never seen them, but heard they were great. I would love to get a chance to finally see to them in person!

  41. Sarah August 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Would love the chance to hear some new bands in an awesome venue!

  42. Joel August 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    Why would I love to win tickets? Hmmm…The Furs? Ahum…The Church!

  43. Cory Shird August 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    I wanna get wrapped up in this fur

  44. Krista M August 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Still listen to both of these bands. Have been doing so for over twenty years, yet have never been able to see them.
    Would be wondrous!! A dream come true!

  45. Amy August 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    This would be GREAT! A rad show to see!

  46. Terri August 26, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    This is the music I grew up with, would so love to see them at the ballroom, that place is amazing on video attack night. I am all about the 80’s and haven’t seen a concert all summer, it would be an awesome way to end it!! Please pick me!!

  47. Shasha August 27, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Two amazing 80s alternative bands! What a perfect night this would be! I’m all about live music in The Ballroom!!! So many people love these bands, I can tell from all the responses! Would LOVE to go & take someone along for the ride with me! Good times!

  48. Kate August 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    My 15 yea old daughter has only seen one concert – Justin Bieber. She is so bummed he was her first.

    She needs to see a real band.

  49. Paul Hirshfield August 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    What An Incredible Night Of Music.
    I’d Be Honored, If I Could Go!
    Love Both The Furs and The Church!

  50. Heather August 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    I love both these bands, I’ve been a fan for 25 years! Pick me! Pick me!

  51. Dave G. August 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    Awesome! A show I can bring my daughter to!

  52. Michelle August 27, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Man, that sounds like a super fun show!

  53. Cory Shird August 28, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Take me to church

  54. Tamara August 28, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    OMG. The church. So one of my bucket list bands to see.

  55. Vanj August 29, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Being able to see psychedelic furs live is a more likely jawbreaker experience than ever getting to see jawbreaker live in the coming years. Time to dance to love my way with the old dudes!

  56. Vanj August 29, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    I Jawbreaker too! Pick me!

  57. mephisto August 29, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    I love free tickets.

  58. Rochelle August 30, 2015 at 2:21 am #


  59. Michele August 30, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    10 year anniversary under the milky way tonight!
    The Church was my soundtrack through rural Japan. Ready to dance and cry!

  60. Angela August 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    Going to this concert would be so freakin’ excellent.

  61. p August 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Oh how wonderful that they will be HERE!
    How great to be there!

  62. Tracey Mora August 31, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    winning tickets would be amazing!!

  63. Crystal August 31, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    Because they rock!

  64. rachael foss September 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    I would love to see these two, it’s been 25, 30 years of a minor love affair. We could leave the 5 kids at home, come and try to snag seats, and worship furs and churches the only way we truly can! Love the sound of that!!!! Please pick me, it’s also my birthday.

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