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Interview:
The Fixx taps fans to choose concert set lists
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Opening concert set lists to fan requests can be risky. But Cy Curnin says the Fixx is having a blast with it.

"Social media has drawn people a lot closer to the band and vice-versa," says Curnin, 56, who co-founded the Fixx during 1979 in London and fronted the group through 90s hits such as "One Thing Leads to Another," "Saved By Zero," "Are We Ourselves" and more. "Ninety percent of our messages on Facebook is fans requestion songs, so we just figured we would throw it out there for them and see what they wanted."

Curnin estimates that 90 percent of the requests have been "songs we're already playing," though there have been some surprises -- primarily from the group's 2012 album "Beautiful Friction." "There's a few songs we haven't gotten around to playing yet," Curnin notes. "There's a song called 'Girl With No Ceiling;' had it not been requested it probably wouldn't have attempted to play it live, 'cause it's a quite complicated song. It came off great, and the fans pushed us to play it."

The tour also coincides with the Fixx's 35th anniversary as a band, including 10 albums and songs on film soundtracks for "Streets of Fire," "Fletch" and more. "It actually feels like 35 minutes it's flown by so quickly," Curnin says. "I don't think when we started we envisaged still being around doing it now. It's working for us, and the fans have stuck with us through thick and thin.

"It's not the big enormo-dome stuff anymore, but it's solid. People who have grown up with Fox music as the backdrop of their lives. So we look to where we were then, where we are now and maybe what's ahead."

The Fixx

Sunday, July 27, 8 p.m.

The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Tickets are $25

Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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