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The Molly Ringwalds to perform at L'Auberge

Last Modified: Friday, August 08, 2014 10:55 AM

By Alex Onken / American Press

The Molly Ringwalds are coming back to L’Auberge to play during Liquid Society’s Party by the Pool summer concert series. The Molly Ringwalds, based in New Orleans, are no strangers to Lake Charles.

“We love Lake Charles,” said Platinum Randi Wilde, lead guitar and vocals. “Every time we play there, we pretty much do the outdoor show at L’Auberge, and it’s very wonderful because it’s a festival atmosphere.”

When not performing in town, the band enjoys hanging out at Gallery of Fine Wine and Spirits. After their concert at Party by the Pool, the band will travel to both Baton Rouge and Dallas for performances during the weekend.

The band has just released its second album, “Glitterdome,” which is available on iTunes. According to the band, the album features faithfully replicated cover songs.

“We’ve done two different styles,” Wilde said. “The first album was all covers, but it was more like renditions of certain songs, like ‘You Spin Me Round’ and ‘Material Girl,’ ‘Don’t You Want Me.’ On ‘Glitterdome,’ we actually attempted to recreate the songs exactly as the artist had recorded them on the original recordings. It was like sort of an homage to some of our favorite ’80s songs.”

“It was absolutely (a challenge). Have you ever tried to sing a song exactly how Darryl Hall sings?” said Sir Devon Nooner, lead vocals, guitar and synthesizer. “I’ve had that challenge, and let me tell you, we wanted to get the exact same drum sounds and the exact same vocals. When we do songs on stage, we make it a part of our own. Singing some of these lyrics are very challenging.”

According to Wilde, the band is playing around with an idea for an album with original compositions.

“It will be an album that’s in the vein of the new throwback sounds of now, sort of like The Killers, The Bravery and Franz Ferdinand — those kind of bands,” he said. “There’s been a lot of talk within the band.”

Nooner’s favorite cover on the album is “Don’t Change” by INXS, and Wilde chose both “Jukebox Hero” by Foreigner and “Shout” by Tears for Fears.

The band has just returned from Germany, where it headlined the 56th Annual German-American Volksfest.

“Germany was fantastic. It was beyond our wildest dreams. It was a very successful tour of Grafenwoehr, Germany,” Nooner said. “We played over three shows to about over five or six thousand people. It was fantastic. It’s something we’d always remember.”

Tickets for tonight’s show are $10 and may be purchased at L’Auberge, or by calling 800-745-3000.


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