Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

KiMo crowd gets flashback thrill at performance of '80s pop star.(Music)


* Richard Marx sang at a private affair open only to fans who won tickets on the radio

"Oh yeah, life goes on/ long after the thrill/ of living is gone" is the line from John Cougar's "Jack and Diane," a song warning a pair of teen lovers of the tedium that comes with middle age. It could be the anthem for Richard Marx, a 1980s pop star who has found an afterlife on the adult contemporary charts.

When Marx, still teen-idol cute at 37, came onstage at the KiMo last Friday wearing a pair of leather pants, the mostly female, mostly over-30 crowd squealed like 11-year-olds at an 'N Sync concert. It was moms' night out, a chance for the capacity crowd of about 700 to reminisce about the days when they watched MTV instead of VH-1, when they were kicky '80s chicks with spiky hair and a taste for earnest, pre-grunge mall pop like Marx's. …

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