Thursday, August 18, 2011

Debbie Gibson and Tiffany Concert A Blast from the Past Rae Manning, Yahoo! Contributor Network Aug 16, 2011

On August 12, 2011, just across the river from Omaha at the Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany took center stage for thousands of impatient fans. The duo catered to a mass of little girls grown big, who were dying to re-visit their 80s childhood. They proved no disappointment with their amazing vocals and dance moves.

The show started out with the pair doing a duo of Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin classic "Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves". Tiffany, now 39, wore a black, almost knee length dress with feathers around the top, her beautiful auburn hair cascading over her shoulders. Gibson, 40 and still bleach blonde, strutted her stuff on stage in a form fitting red mini-dress. Once rumored to be rivals, they proved to the crowd that anything is possible when performing for fans that have stood the test of time.

Tiffany was the first to perform after the initial set. She catered to her fans, getting up close and personal with them both on and off stage. The quality of her vocals still amazed some as she performed originals and classics by other artists. Songs of her own that she performed included "Could Have Been", "Feelings of Forever", "He's All Man" and "I Think We're Alone Now". She also performed Stevie Nicks' song "Edge of Seventeen", Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll", and Janis Joplin's "Bobby McGee" among others. Her performance proved to the thousands in attendance that she has held on to her class through the years and has taken it to the next level.

Gibson performed next, laughing with her fans and having fun. She joked with the crowd about Justin Bieber and reminisced on her perfume Electric Youth, and how her wardrobe still smells of it. Her dance moves rocked the stage, and were a throw back to the moves she performed as a teen pop princess. With her pink scrunchie in her hair, combed into a side ponytail, and a mid-riff shirt on showing off her amazing abs, she performed her hits "Shake Your Love", "Electric Youth", "No More Rhyme" and "Lost In Your Eyes". She also included a medley of 80's hits such as creations from Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, New Kids on the Block and more. The true 80's babies were pleased to hear her on-the-spot performance of "Doctor Doctor" by the Thomson Twins. Although it admittedly was no where close to being as good as the original, it was spontaneous and appreciated.

For the grand finale, Gibson and Tiffany performed "Don't Stop Believin" by Journey as fans swooned over having just witnessed what was probably one of the best concerts they had ever seen in their entire lives. In the faces of the women in attendance, you could see euphoria along with thoughts swirling and memories coming to surface or what their teenage years were like. It is certain that anyone who visits a Debbie Gibson and Tiffany concert will not soon forget the experience and will cherish it forever.

Published by Rae Manning
Rae Manning is a freelance writer and journalist for Associated Content and the Examiner. She has also been published several times in the Omaha World-Herald and in online blogs.

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