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Band Happy To Keep The Fur(s) Flying

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The Psychedelic Furs tour, according to frontman Richard Butler, “because we just like to get out and play, nothing more complicated than that, really.”

Fortunately, the group has a good well to draw from.

Formed in England, the Furs made their footprint in the late ’70s and ’80s with hits such as “Pretty in Pink,” “Love My Way,” “The Ghost in You” and “Heartbreak Beat.” Butler, 51, says the group — which still includes his brother Tim on bass and founding guitarist John Ashton — is “pleasantly surprised” at the way they’ve endured, just like they’re “surprised people still want to come and see us.”

“I think songs like ‘Sister Europe,’ when I remember back to sitting down and writing that, I didn’t expect to be playing that in 25 years time or more,” Butler acknowledges.

Butler notes that a new Furs album is “due” and that he’s been “dragging his heels” after releasing a solo album in 2006. But the group’s catalog does keep giving; “Pretty in Pink” was used in a Cingular ad for the RAZR mobile phone, while “Love My Way” appears in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.”

“Often with those songs, they take about five minutes to write,” Butler says. “They’re always the quickest ones to write. I loved (‘Love My Way’); John thought it sucked, but when (producer) Todd Rundgren heard it, he thought it was the best song and an automatic choice for a single. I thought so, too.”

Psychedelic Furs, the Alarm and Naked Eyes perform at 7:30 Sunday (July 1st) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www. palacenet.com.

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