Does Bananarama still have appeal?
Original lineup announces its first North American tour
LONDON — It took a kitchen singsong to get ’80s British pop group Bananarama back together and out on the road after 30 years.
The girl group’s original members — Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey — say they are touring the U.S.— with one Canadian stop — for the first time in February.
Fahey left the band in 1988 to form Shakespears Sister, and Dallin and Woodward have been performing as a duo in recent years. They were joined briefly by Jacquie O’Sullivan, who took part in a 1989 world tour but left in 1991.
“We were having a dance around Siobhan’s kitchen a few years ago,” Woodward said. “And I said to her, ‘you just don’t understand the love and how it feels when you are getting your songs sung’ and I just thought it was such a shame she had never experienced it with us and it just seemed like such a crying shame really.”
Fahey, who now lives in Los Angeles, said she was excited to perform the band’s songs live.
“I am re-familiarizing myself with our body of work over the summer,” she said. “I was so proud, it is really something to celebrate.”
Rehearsals began this week and tickets go on sale Friday. Some British tour dates have already sold out.
“It has been a constant love wave actually this time around. Times have changed and people seem to appreciate us a lot more this time,” says Fahey.
Bananarama’s North American success began with Cruel Summer of 1983, which became a hit after the track was picked to appear on the soundtrack for Karate Kid.
The group said it realized how big the song had become when Mike Tyson once sang the lyrics to them as they walked past him in his limo. Further hits included Venus, I Heard A Rumor and Robert DeNiro’s Waiting, which led to a London meeting with the Oscarwinning actor. The group was once named by the Guinness World Records as the most successful girl group of all time.
The group’s North American tour begins in Los Angeles on Feb 20, taking in other cities San Francisco, New York and Toronto.
Bananarama from left, Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin, and Keren Woodward, pose for a portrait in London to promote their new tour. Bananarama is back together after thirty years and it is touring the U.S. for the first time. The girl group’s original members — Dallin, Woodward and Fahey say they began rehearsals this week for the shows, due to start in February.