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O.C. Fair blasts to the past on closing weekend with legendary Psychedelic Furs, X

Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler gestures to the crowd during performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa.
Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler gestures to the crowd during performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa on Sunday.
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The O.C. Fair closed the 2022 season this weekend with multiple sold-out days, a wide variety of food, drinks, events and nostalgic ’80s bands like X, Psychedelic Furs and tribute band Devotional (Depeche Mode).

Psychedelic Furs perform at the Pacific Amphitheatre.
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PFurs got the Pacific Amphitheatre crowd standing from the start with their classic “Love My Way” and the fever didn’t cool through other hits such as “Pretty in Pink” and the melancholic “This’ll Never Be Like Love.”

Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler, right, and guitarist Rich Good
Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler, right, and guitarist Rich Good share a moment during performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre.
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Psychedelic Furs bassist Tim Butler leans close to fans.
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Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler.
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Now with more than 40 years in the rear view mirror since their founding, Los Angeles-based band X still draws enthusiastic crowds.

The band X opened for Psychedelic Furs at the Pacific Amphitheatre.
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Lead singer Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom, bassist John Doe and drummer D.J. Bonebrake had the audience up on their feet and dancing to their classics “Los Angeles,” “Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not,” and “White Girl” among the 18-song set. Cervenka said she was glad to be home back in SoCal after five weeks of touring with the PFurs.

The band X, bassist John Doe shown, opened for Psychedelic Furs.
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Friday’s show at the Hangar had music fans of all ages swaying to the industrial synth-pop sounds of Depeche Mode recreated by tribute band Devotional. The crowd sang along to many of the now classic new wave tunes that defined the ’80s and ’90s.

Devotional, the Depeche Mode Experience frontman Freddie Morales performs at the Hangar.
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Devotional, the Depeche Mode Experience's Brian Soto.
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Devotional, the Depeche Mode Experience, from left, Brian Soto, frontman Freddie Morales and bassist Alex Oddo.
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Devotional, the Depeche Mode Experience frontman Freddie Morales.
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Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler with drummer Zack Alford.
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Psychedelic Furs saxophonist Mars Williams plays the soprano saxophone.
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Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler gestures to the crowd.
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Devotional, the Depeche Mode Experience's bassist Alex Oddo.
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The band X guitarist Billy Zoom.
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