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Your Youth Returns For One Night Only: 9 Vintage Shows


Do you like Huey Lewis and the News? To some, that’s an iconic line uttered by Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. To others, that is a genuine question, to which the answer would be, “Why, yes! Their energetic pop melodies provided the soundtrack to my formative years. ‘I Want a New Drug’ and ‘The Power of Love’ aren’t just 80’s Top 40 hits. They’re timeless classics.” Well, if you’re the latter, you’re in luck, because Huey Lewis and the News is coming to the Majestic Theatre. And they are just one of the many vintage music acts making a stop in San Antonio in the coming weeks and months to remind you that time has passed you by. Area venues are hoping audiences are willing to shell out cash to relive their high school glory days, whether they graduated in the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s. The trip back in time (way back in time) begins Wednesday with 70‘s prolific singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot and continues with Heart, fittingly enough, on Valentine’s Day. Yes, that Heart, “These Dreams” Heart, the Heart that you played on an 8-track while you made out with your high school sweetheart in the back of your El Camino.  

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Hall and Oates, Julio Iglesias >>>

 If you’d rather pour one out for your youth that evening, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will be at Backstage Live. The 90‘s hip hop group is currently on their 20th anniversary tour. Think about that. On Saturday, Patti LaBelle is in San Antonio to remind you of a time when divas were actually divas. Then the month rounds out with Hall and Oates. The “I Can’t Go For That” duo will take the Majestic stage on February 24, to the delight of those who graduated high school during the Carter and Reagan administrations. When April comes around, be sure to lock up your abuela, because Julio Iglesias, the man she loved before she discovered Pitbull, is at the Majestic Theatre to seduce her in song. Hundreds of screaming viejitas will drown out the Spanish crooner as he sings his signature romantic ballads. Meanwhile, if you spent 1996 wearing out Matchbox Twenty’s debut CD, “Yourself or Someone Like You,” Rob Thomas will descend on the Alamo City to remind you that 1996 was fifteen years ago. And if this spring’s live music offerings haven’t made you feel sufficiently old, Journey will take over the AT&T Center with Steve Miller Band in May with a set of arena rock hits that have sadly devolved into your go-to karaoke standards. San Antonio’s upcoming concert schedule is stacked with reminders that your best years are behind you, so why not relive those magical days when it seemed like anything was possible? And for those who complain that today’s best bands don’t swing down here when their tour stops in Austin, fear not. You’re favorite band might make its way to San Antonio in 30 years when they need to supplement their social security.   

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