NENA at The Regent
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Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
The Regent DTLA
Germany’s queen of rock is finally coming to America!
In the 33 years since it was released, NENA’s “99 Luftballons” (“99 Red Balloons”) has had an unmatchable impact on popular and music culture. Since the beginning of her international career when “Balloons” launched on radio stations across the world in 1983 (first DJed by Rodney Bingenheimer in the United States, no less), through being used in the superhero epic The Watchmen or in The Simpsons, Girls and countless other TV shows and movies, it’s never left the popular consciousness.
Although NENA never stopped making music, has toured in countries as far as Japan and has a three-and-a-half decade career of hits and 16 studio albums behind her in Germany, NENA never got to tour the US. It’s one of those flukes in music history where what should have happened didn’t happen. But there’s no time like the present to change that! NENA’s next move is to tour the US club circuit to show old fans what they’ve been missing and make new ones along the way.
At the heart of NENA is a rock’n’roller with unbeatable stage presence and energy to spare, whether she’s playing to regularly sold-out crowds at the biggest arenas or more intimate club venues. Just take a listen to NENA’s latest outing – the excellent, energetic and rocking live album Live at SO36, recorded during a within-minutes sold-out concert at the famed Berlin club SO36. The opening rocking riffs of “Noch Einmal” NENA struck on her Telecaster sent out a shockwave of energy that carries through an entire night (the screams of the crowd never let up!). One could easily compare her to her contemporary Joan Jett in this moment, but there’s so much more. From pure rockers to new-wave favorites to the touching ballads that fans sing along word-for-word, NENA can electrify a crowd with her incomparable, instantly recognizable voice and her own brand of rock’n’roll that includes influences of The Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads, among many others. The dancing never lets up with NENA until the lights finally go on at the end of the night. That’s what NENA is going to ultimately bring to the US – an amazing live energy that can shake an entire audience to its core.
In Germany it’s clear to everyone what makes her special, her numerous top ten hits and 25 million sold records are proof of that. Now it’s time to share that with America. NENA’s most recent studio album, Oldschool, is the perfect fusion of her constant drive for artistic development and genuine authenticity. Produced and co-written by German hip-hop superstar Samy Deluxe, it blisters with a sense of immediacy and newness while especially playing lyrically with references to her past.
NENA’s never been a nostalgia act, but still delivers onstage an exhilarating mix of her amazing discography with something for everyone! With that much spark, it’s a recipe for an utterly mind-blowing evening. And American fans who missed the opportunity to see NENA when they were first introduced to her now have that chance. To paraphrase her latest single, there’s no time like “Genau jetzt” (right now).