The Back to the Basement virtual online concert, featuring performances by a variety of popular 1980s acts, takes place this Saturday, June 13, and among the artists on the bill is Wang Chung.
One of the highlights of the U.K. band’s set will be the debut performance of a the newly reworked version of the group’s 1986 hit “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” retitled “Everybody Stay Safe Tonight,” which was released digitally earlier this week.
Regarding the updated tune, Wang Chung frontman Jack Hues tells ABC Audio, “I’ve done a new vocal on it to fit in with this idea that the virtual concert is really about, [which is] bringing a bit of support and good vibes to all the people who are working on the frontline with the COVID[-19] crisis.”
He adds, “[W]e’ve got some new people singing on it and all kinds of people contributing to it. So, it’s kind of cool.”
Among the artists contributing vocals to the track is Valerie Day, frontwoman of the group Nu Shooz, which also is part of the Back to the Basement lineup.
Hues says the concert will offer some “light relief [during] what is actually a pretty serious time…not only with the COVID crisis, but…all the sort of protests and stuff that are going on in the [United] States right now.”
The concert is raising money for the Direct Relief organization, which provides support and equipment for frontline workers. Funds will be raised through donations and special merchandise being sold at Abductedbythe80s.com.
As previously reported, Back to the Basement will be streamed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET on the Abducted by the 80s Facebook page. The lineup also includes A Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes, Cutting Crew, Animotion, Nelson, Information Society and more.
By Matt Friedlander
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