The Bangles’ Debbi Peterson talks new album and East Coast tour

“We’ve always just done what we do, we were never trying to prove anything,” Debbi Peterson told AXS.com in a recent interview. “We just play and it comes from our souls, we play for the love of music. That’s the way it’s been since day one.”

Debbi, of course, was speaking of The Bangles. The phenomenal all-girl band that rose above unfounded criticism, remained true to their music, and won over the world with their distinctive harmonies, unmatched charisma, and seemingly endless string of hits throughout the 80s. With “Manic Monday,” “Walk Like An Egyptian,” “Hazy Shade Of Winter,” “Eternal Flame,” and many, many others, The Bangles were about as big as you could get. This week, The Bangles’ latest tour kicks off with shows in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. And in November, the finely seasoned popsters follow up with a new album!

“You’re right, I think it’s just been put on Facebook, today,” Peterson confirmed with an off-the-charts radiance that was wholly affecting even though she was currently on the opposite coast. “We do have a new album coming out... Well, it’s actually an old album,” she laughed. “It’s an interesting collection of very old pieces. We had a five-song EP that came out in the very early 80s and we’re rereleasing that with a bunch of other surprises, special things that a lot of fans have never even heard. We’re rereleasing the very first single that we made, there will be a couple of live tracks, and there will even be some demos that we did back in 1982! It’s going to be so cool! It’s going to be a collection of oldies and rarities.”

Debbi related that the initial plan was to release the album in conjunction with the East Coast tour. However, due to unforeseen issues such as hard-to-locate masters and original mixes, and the band’s commitment for giving their fans only the best, The Bangles decided to push back the release date of Ladies and Gentlemen... The Bangles to Thanksgiving Day.

Also just announced via Facebook, it’s your chance to ask the girls a question. That’s right, anything at all you’d like to know, just ask The Bangles on their Facebook page. The band will review all questions and put together a very special video podcast based on what was asked, and then they will post it on their Facebook page in November!

“I think this tour is going to be a lot of fun because we’re doing the old songs, we’re doing material from ‘Sweetheart of the Sun’... it’s just going to be a real big mixed bag of music,” Peterson promised. “You know, now that we’ve been around for a long time,’” she laughed, “we have a bigger repertoire to play from! And, we’ll sound better because we’ve been playing longer!” she laughed again. “It’s going to be a good ole evening with the Bangles. And, it’s going to be fun!”

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Upcoming East Coast tour dates:

Oct. 2 - Ridgefield, Conn. - The Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct. 3 - Bay Shore, N.Y. - Boulton Perfoming Arts Center
Oct. 4 - Philadelphia, Pa. - World Cafe Live (Downstairs Live)
Oct. 6 - New York, N.Y. - City Winery
Oct. 7 - New York, N.Y. - City Winery
Oct. 9 - Annapolis, Md. - Rams Head On Stage