Sunday, July 31, 2011

Debbie Gibson and Tiffany Rock NYCB Theatre at Westbury, New York

Concert review of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany's "Journey Through the 80s" concert, that took place on July 29, 2011 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Long Island.
On July 29, 2011, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany’s “Journey Through the 80s” show took place at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, New York. In addition to singing their own hits, this event featured 80s music, where the former teen queens paid tribute to the artists and genres that inspired and bloomed their careers.

The concert commenced with Tiffany and Gibson covering Aretha Franklin’s “Sisters are Doin’ It For Themselves,” and Toni Basil’s “Mickey.”

Following these two collaborations, Gibson exited the stage and Tiffany was the first artist to perform her own songs.

Backed by an exceptional six-piece band, Tiffany opened with Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll” and John Mellencamp’s “Crumblin’ Down.” It was followed by a bold rendition of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” whom she dubs as her “musical inspiration,” as well as Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

She greeted the Long Island audience and noted that both “she and Debbie were up since the crack of dawn,” since they appeared and performed on Good Morning America.

Tiffany broke into the hits that solidified her as a teen star by belting out “Could’ve Been,” “I Saw Him Standing There,” “Feelings of Forever,” thus showcasing her dynamic vocal ability and range.

The highlight vocal of the night was Tiffany’s signature song and #1 hit “I Think We’re Alone Now,” which had everybody singing along, and garnered her a well-deserved standing ovation.

“Thank you for following us and allowing us to grow, and live music, and do things that inspire us,” Tiffany told the audience. “I love you guys. Thank you so much!”

She went on to perform her several songs from her latest country album Rose Tattoo. These included her current single, the up-tempo “Feel the Music,” and “Love You Good.”

When she introduced “He Won’t Miss Me,” she noted that she wrote this tune, which deals with the pain of knowing that a relationship is over. With this stellar ballad, she proved that she can give any contemporary female country music vocalist on radio a run for their money!

She closed her set with “He’s All Man,” from her newest record.

Debbie Gibson
The stunning Debbie Gibson returned to the stage and opened with “Shake Your Love,” backed with her two dancers and multi-talented band.

She remarked that her fellow songstress and friend Tiffany did a great job, and noted that they both have “mutual respect for each other, and they acknowledge each other’s differences.”

It was followed with “Foolish Beat,” which she accompanied herself on piano. This was her first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts; at the time, she was the youngest person to ever be the solo writer, singer and producer of a chart-topping single.

“I love the 80s music because it was fun,” said Gibson, as she broke into a medley of hits from that era which included tributes to the late “King of Pop” with Billie Jean, Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,”

Gloria Estefan’s “Conga,” Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from the film Dirty Dancing, and Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best.”

Gibson enjoyed the energy of the audience and remarked that “the other cities will have a tough act to follow!”

She continued with “Out of the Blue” and “Electric Youth,” which was a crowd favorite.

A Merrick, New York native, Gibson has also starred on Broadway, and she sang several tunes from the Cabaret musical such as “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time” and “Hey Big Spender.”

There was also an improvised segment in Gibson’s set where she played melodies of 80s ballads and audience requests such as Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting” and the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame.”

Gibson went on to perform her mega-hit “Lost In Your Eyes,” which was her most successful single to date, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Charts for three weeks.

After a wardrobe change, Gibson and her dancers returned, dressed in white, as they performed “Only in My Dreams.”

Tiffany joined Gibson for their encore as they belted out Heart’s power-ballad “What About Love.”

Their soaring rendition of this classic would have surely made Ann and Nancy Wilson proud!

Their finale performance was Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which left the Long Island crowd yearning more.

The Verdict
In summation, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson commanded the Westbury Theatre stage like no other! Tiffany showcased her powerhouse vocals on her pop, rock and country tunes, meanwhile Gibson entertained the crowd with her dancing, singing, piano-playing, and covers of Broadway standards.

Most concert-goers left the venue overcome with feelings of nostalgia and positive memories from the 1980s.

Both women looked beautiful and they put on an excellent show that is definitely worth experiencing by music lovers of all ages. They were able to revitalize 80s pop music, and introduce it to a brand new generation of fans.

For more information on these former teen icons, please visit Tiffany and Debbie Gibson's official websites.

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