CND Song 28 Platinum Blonde

Platinum Blonde - Situation Critical, 1985

Here's what's great about these bands: they were ours. You could love Wham! or Spandau Ballet all you wanted - it wasn't likely that they were ever going to love you back. But Platinum Blonde would play your town, even if it was Kentville, Nova Scotia (population 6,094). In 1984 they did just that, and my colleague Lisa (Gillis) North of Bridgetown, N.S. (pop 949) was there to see it.

Lisa writes:

"It was the summer of '84, and excitement of all excitement, Platinum Blonde announced a concert date at the Kentville Arena! I really don't know how we ever managed to find out news like this back in the day with no internet, Facebook or Twitter...amazing, eh? I was 14 and had never been to a concert – but I knew I just had to get there to see the fabulously blonde, glam rocking trio. My best friend and I managed to scheme her mother into driving us to Kentville for the show. So with our hair poufed up high and our tickets in hand (including a ticket for Tracey's mother, because that IS how we all made it into our first concert, right?), off we set. Was it all we imagined it would be? Yes! Neon bright flood lights, smoke machine effects – belting out the words to "Doesn't Really Matter", "Standing in the Dark", and "Sad Sad Rain" (sadly this show pre-dated "Situation Critical"). Just thinking about it now, I can picture my awkward, 14-year-old, rocking self and laugh because it feels like just yesterday...ah, the memories of the 80s!"

Here you go, Lisa! With shirtless action, and footage of the lads being mobbed by reporters from the Kentville Register - or is that you with the camera?

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