80’s Icon and 2x-Grammy Winner Sheena Easton performed at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts (Smothers Theater) at Pepperdine University Thursday night (10/26). Easton performed a 15-song set . Last year marked 40 years of Easton as a global touring artist and winning the Grammy for Best New Artist. Over Easton’s 45 year career, she has released 15 studio albums, between 1981 and 1991, she had five RIAA Gold and one Platinum albums, seven gold singles, and 20 Top 40 U.S. singers. Easton has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Easton is the first and only artist to have a top 5 hit on Billboard’s main singles charts. Easton has worked with the likes of Prince, Nile Rodgers, David Foster and was the singer for the theme to the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
Easton performed in a sparkly blue dress and opened up with the Doobie Brothers “Listen to the Music” followed by her songs “Strut” and “Almost Over You. Easton also performed Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love.” Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson passed away in 2019. This was followed by Burt Bacharach’s “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me.” The iconic songwriter passed away earlier this year in February. Easton also paid tribute to Prince who she co-wrote and sang “The Arms of Orion” with from the Batman soundtrack (1989). Easton and Brandon Nix sang it as a duet as well as Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” They also did a duet of Prince’s “U Got the Look” which Easton sang on the original recording with Prince and her hit “Sugar Walls".” Sinead O’Connor who tragically passed away in July also recorded a version of “U Got the Look.” Easton’s final songs were “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair),” “Morning Train (Nine to Five),” and “For Your Eyes Only.”