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Eurythmics Reunite At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Look + Listen

Celebrating their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart made a rare return to the stage as Eurythmics Saturday night (11.05.)

Coming out in matching black gator-skin-looking dress pants and sport coats, the iconic duo took the stage starting with 1985’s “Would I Lie to You?”

Lennox led the crowd in a foot-stomping rendition of 1986’s “Missionary Man,” and the audience erupted when Andy and Dave closed with their 1983 signature song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”

Breaking through with “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” theEurythmics were first active between 1980 and 1990, and scored subsequent hits with “There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart),” “Thorn in My Side,” and “Would I Lie to You?” The legendary pair disbanded in 1990 when Lennox launched a successful solo career and Stewart became a much in-demand producer. 

Of the nine acts inducted into this year’s Rock Hall, the Eurythmics are the only one not active as an act, having not released an album since 199’s Peace, and while Stewart and Lennox have remained close, they’ve only taken the stage together on special occasions, including a 2019 benefit concert. 

Eurythmics were first eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and were inducted the third time they were nominated.  And after the band’s induction was announced earlier this year, Stewart told Rolling Stone

“It’s always nice to be recognized for all the hard work and the amount of songs that we put out and recorded and the amount of places we played,”  “You tend to sort of forget as your life goes on, but then when something like this comes up you’re like, ‘Wow, I nearly killed myself.’”

Lennox added, “We were talking and we both feel like some kind of circle has been completed. It’s a strange thing. I hadn’t expected to feel that way. But things made some sense in a weird kind of way. A musician is an aspirational creature right from the start. You have the feeling you want to express something. Sometimes you’re clear about it. Sometimes you’re not. And then off you go and something maybe happens for you, or maybe it doesn’t. If it does, it’s never quite what you expect it to be. And so our journey has been really one of decades and decades. Things have happened personally, musically, and in the world throughout these decades that you could never have anticipated.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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