Reviews | The group Go Go Retro wowed Penn State THON with more than perfect interpretations of their favorite classics | TUNA News

When Penn State THON’s staple band Go Go Gadjet announced they would not be performing at THON 2022, the question immediately arose: who would be taking the iconic band’s place?

Go Go Gadjet performed at THON 13 times with incredible success, so filling the band’s shoes was not going to be an easy task.

But Go Go Retro was prepared.

Ahead of their usually scheduled performance, knowing they wouldn’t be able to perform at THON, the band announced that Go Go Retro – a cover band from the 70s, 80s and 90s – would take their place on the main stage for the final hour. . of tuna.

I must admit, knowing the reputation of Go Go Gadjet, I was skeptical about what Go Go Retro could bring and how it would compare to Go Go Gadjet.

Quite simply, I was blown away.

Go Go Retro started with a cover of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac, which was pretty good.

Then, the band launches into “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, and that’s when the atmosphere at the Bryce Jordan Center explodes. I thought Freddie Mercury himself took the main stage.

Every note was perfect – not only performed in the style of Queen, but also with the sparkle and character of modern Go Go Retro.

The voices of the band’s two lead singers fused together perfectly, never overpowering each other, creating immaculate harmonies. Everyone knew perfectly well what power their voice held and how to use this power to create the melodies most often found in dreams.

Go Go Retro performs during the final hour of Penn State THON at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Go Go Retro even features a lead guitarist, who sent the BJC vibes into orbit with his deft shredding.

Yet the most iconic part of Go Go Retro’s performance wasn’t the vocals or the instrumentation – it was the band’s ability to rock the crowd with their sheer personality.

The energy the band was able to elicit was unprecedented and rivaled that of the crowd at a Penn State football game. He didn’t need to rely on his music to get the crowd going – although the music certainly helped. The crowd simply adored the band members.

Between each set, the lead singers would talk to the crowd, expressing their support for THON’s mission or telling the crowd about themselves. The crowd was in love.

And better yet, pair the crowd’s love for the band members with the band’s more-than-perfect rendition of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” and, well, there’s just no words for it. English or any other language that adequately describes the feeling produced.

Just as ABBA’s song suggests through its lyrics, the BJC THONgoers were definitely having a blast – and so am I.


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