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NAKED EYES

WITH A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS AND SURF ZOMBIES


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THE ROUNDUP
This event is apart of the 2021 Roundup - the tastiest music festival in Cedar Rapids.
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SCHEDULE
BBQ Food Court: 11:00 a.m.
Gates to Music Park: 3:00 p.m.
Surf Zombies: 5:00 p.m.
Naked Eyes: 8:00 p.m.
*Times subject to change

VIP TICKETS
$40 includes admission to the BBQ Food Court, Music Park, VIP reserved seating + private cash bar

PARKING
On-site parking available for this event. Lot will fill up quickly, please plan accordingly.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
Event is rain or shine.

PROHIBITED ITEMS
Please review our list of prohibited items prior to arrival. For this venue, umbrellas are NOT permitted

NAKED EYES


Recently, the 1980’s have taken on an almost mythical place in pop culture. There is an ever- growing obsession with the fashion, films and especially the music of that decade.. One band that had thrived during those days has reemerged to take it’s rightful place in music….Naked Eyes.

In the early days while still performing in the pubs of Bath, England, Pete Byrne, as singer of the synth-pop pioneers Naked Eyes, along with keyboardist Rob Fisher, formed a band called Neon, which would later include both Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal. “We recorded a few songs, but the band fizzled, and Roland and Curt went on to form Tears For Fears, while Rob and I created Naked Eyes.”

Almost immediately, the band signed to EMI and began recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. “… I’ve always loved the songs from the great girl singers of the sixties, and one day in the studio we decided to cover of one of them; we settled on a Sandie Shaw song.” That song, was the Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune “Always Something There To Remind Me,” which immediately exploded into the Top Ten…..followed by the self-penned “Promises, Promises” and “When The Lights Go Out.” The back to back to back hits resulted in massive U.S. radio airplay and an almost constant presence on MTV. Although the band was expecting to tour, the label wanted a follow-up, so Byrne and Fisher went into the studio to record “Fuel for the Fire” which produced yet another hit single “(What) In The Name of Love.” Soon enough, the duo was asked to postpone touring to begin work on yet another release, but, rather than continuing what was becoming a never-ending cycle, Byrne and Fisher decided to walk away and leave Naked Eyes as a project to be continued…

The next few years saw both Byrne and Fisher involved in a number of various activities. Fisher teamed up with vocalist Simon Climie on a couple of albums, one of which spawned the hit single “Love Changes (Everything).” Meanwhile, Byrne collaborated with several artists including Stevie Wonder (providing vocals on the #1 single “Part-Time Lover”) and also wrote and produced a number of songs for other artists including Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Just at the start of the millennium, Byrne and Fisher decided to pick up where Naked Eyes had left off and started work on a third album. Sadly, it was tragically interrupted when Fisher passed away later that year. Left to carry on solo, Byrne decided that the best course of action was to start where it had all begun all those years ago back in Bath. “I went out and got a guitar, then with guitar and title in hand, went looking for what inspired me to be in a band in the first place." That brings us to where we are now, Naked Eyes has been playing live shows across America from Hollywood to Carnegie Hall , has performed on PBS, and put out a live concert DVD. A critically acclaimed ten-song acoustic collection was recently released, and currently, the band has released “Disguise The Limit” the first all-new Naked Eyes studio album since that magical decade. Byrne says, “It feels great to be back in it…..it feels like it’s supposed to”.

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