This week on the music beat -- '80s groups including The Cult and the Psychedelic Furs reunited, while Santana's tour will use hired singers rather than celebrity guests


It’s a great time to be an ’80s nostalgist. First, the Cult return with the Diane Warren-penned ”Painted on My Heart” (from Gone in 60 Seconds) and a new CD in the offing. Now the Psychedelic Furs have reformed and will begin a tour July 7 with the B-52’s and the Go-Go’s. Frontman Richard Butler says the decision to reunite was serendipitous: ”I was writing songs for a solo record with my brother [ex-Furs bassist] Tim, and he said, ‘Why don’t you do a Furs record as well?”’ When their agent suggested a Furs tour, ”that clinched it.” Butler promises a new Furs album, although they need a label. ”They all seem to be in such chaos,” frets Butler. ”Do you have any ideas?”

It’s no secret Santana’s Supernatural owes its success partly to his high-profile guests. But when he kicks off a U.S. tour July 20, will kids be bummed to find hired guns Tony Lindsay and Andy Vargas singing the hits — not Rob Thomas (”Smooth”) or the Product G&B (”Maria Maria”)? ”People want to hear the songs sounding somewhat like they do on the radio, and Carlos definitely delivers,” says Santana rep Susan Stewart. She adds that Everlast will join the tour’s second leg and will ”most likely” perform ”Turn Your Lights On.” Uh, we’ll most likely stick with the CD.

Supernatural (Album)

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