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May 31st 2018 @ Southwest Florida Event Center

Bonita Springs, FL
I Was There
About Scandal
Thursday, May 31st, 2018
8:00 PM
Southwest Florida Event Center
11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
“I don’t wanna tame your animal style/You won’t be caged/From the call of the wild” - TheWarriorPatty Smyth, both with her hit band Scandal and as a solo artist, has always been, at heart, a rockand roll chick, and that’s no truer today for the mother of six, now back on the road and raring toplay for fans new and old. If Smyth did nothing but marry New York punk poet Richard Hell(with whom she had her oldest daughter Ruby), then noted tennis punk and commentator JohnMcEnroe (who had three kids of his own and then two more with Patty), that would be amazingenough, but she’s also earned both Oscar and Grammy nominations, recorded a series of hitsingles and albums and enjoyed a successful reunion on VH1’s Bands Reunited series.Smyth was born in New York City, and took after her mother, a show business enthusiast wholiterally ran away to join the circus and, at various times, a trapeze artist, from her teeth,managed legendary feedback guitarist Link Wray and ran or owned several prominentGreenwich Village nightclubs, including the Gaslight, the Café Wha?, Four Winds and the ZigZag. Patty would rather hang out there than go to school, listening to music and hearing storiesfrom her mom about the likes of Janis Joplin. “It was a complete bohemian upbringing,” shesays.Patty was 15 when she played her first gig at New York’s Folk City, and spent the next severalyears honing her craft by performing short musical sets at Catch A Rising Star in between then-unknown comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, Larry David and Chris Rock. Theweekends-only gig paid only cab fare and to make ends meet, Patty waitressed at a steak house.It was there that one day she answered a ringing payphone and met Zack Smith, who would laterask her to front a band with him called Scandal. The rest is history.The initial lineup included Smith and Smyth, guitarist Keith Mack, keyboardist Benjy King, thelate Ivan Elias on bass and the late Frankie LaRocka on drums (Thommy Price would take overthe drums after the first LP).The group burst onto the scene in 1982 with a self-titled debut that turned out to be the best-selling EP in Columbia Records history, featuring the hit single, “Goodbye to You,” a songSmyth co-wrote with Smith. Aside from “Goodbye to You,” a #1 MTV video, Scandal includedthe hits “Love’s Got a Line on You” and “Win Some, Lose Some.” The group’s first full-lengthalbum, The Warrior, released in 1984, climbed into the Top 20 on the sales chart, eventuallyearning RIAA-certified platinum status, with more than a million in sales.“The Warrior” remains popular to this day, featured on the radio station Flash FM in the videogame Grand Theft Auto and in the third installment of Guitar Hero, Rocks the ‘80s. The song isalso featured in a parody of an iPod commercial on the popular animated Fox series Family Guy.For all her ‘80s achievements (including being asked to join Van Halen while 8 months pregnant– an offer she declined), Smyth’s most impressive successes came in the ‘90s. Her 1992 soloalbum turned out to be a career peak. “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” a song Patty wrote
and featuring a performance by Don Henley, became Smyth’s biggest hit ever. The songreached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and stayed there for six consecutive weeks, going #1 on theAC chart for four straight weeks, as well as number one on many other national charts. The songwas also named BMI song of the Year. The album earned platinum status, but moreimpressively, the single earned platinum status, as well, which is something that rarely happens.The album also produced the hits “No Mistakes,” “I Should be Laughing” and “Shine.”Two years later, Patty was brought in to sing and co-write “Look What Love Has Done,” theOscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated theme from the hit ArnoldSchwarzenegger/Danny DeVito comedy, Junior. That year, she was asked to perform it live atthe 1995 Academy Awards telecast.Patty’s Greatest Hits album was released in 1999 with two new tracks, one of which was on theArmageddon Soundtrack and sold over 8 million copies. Any comeback at that point, however,would have to wait until after the birth of her youngest child. “Four months of bed rest made itkind of hard to tour," she says.Spurred by an impromptu reunion with her old Scandal mates at the end of 2004 on VH1’sBands Reunited, the band has regrouped, with two original members in Keith Mack and BenjyKing and a new rhythm section, bassist Tom Welsch and drummer Eran Asias.“This is probably the best band I’ve ever been in,” says Smyth, who has begun touring and evenwriting new material. “We have so much fun together. To say I’m rejuvenated is anunderstatement. Back when I first started with Scandal, I felt like I had to carry a lot of theweight because it was up to me to sell those songs. I don’t feel that way now at all. I work nowbecause I want to.”With new songs in the can like “Make It Hard ” and “End of the Girl,” Patty plans to return tothe studio to record the new material.As for her current revival, Patty suggests: “I don’t play to a pre-recorded track or have 15dancers on-stage. There are no smoke and mirrors. We feel that people are yearning for musicthat’s real. It’s just these four guys and I, out there seriously kicking some ass and having fun.We’re so tight, if I fell down a flight of stairs, they would follow me and we’d all land on ourfeet. I don’t have to think of anything else when I’m performing. For that hour, I can step out ofmy life. It’s like flying. I feel like I’m at the top of my game, and totally in my element. It’s anunbelievable joy.”

Venue opens at 5 PM for cocktails
Show Doors open at 6 PM for sections P1-P4.
Show Doors open at 6:30 PM for P5.
General Admission at 7 PM.
If a ticket is purchased for a table seat, each seat must purchase a minimum $15 of food. If the $15 minimum food purchase is not met, the remaining food balance will be charged to the customer.
Show begins at 8:00 PM

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Amsterdam, Netherlands@
Melkweg Oude Zaal
July 23rd 2016
awsome show. great to see the girls enjoying it so much as well. enough potential to fill a bigger venue next time.