Bangles Reunite For Beatles Gig, Offers Up “Austin Powers” Song

After contributing a new song to the upcoming film “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” ’80s girl group the Bangles will be taking the next reunion-minded step with an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on June 25.

The Bangles (Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, and Michael Steele) agreed to take the stage together for the first time in ten years after they were asked by Beatles producer George Martin to perform as part of a planned orchestral tribute to the Beatles.

According to Hoffs’ management, the Bangles will play three or four Beatles songs at the Hollywood Bowl. The spokesperson also added that the bandmembers agreed to the gig because of the opportunity it gave them to play as a group without rehashing its old hits.

Between 1985 and 1989, the Bangles scored a string of Top 10 singles, including “Manic Monday,” “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “In Your Room,” “Eternal Flame,” and a chart-topping version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade of Winter.” The
Bangles disbanded in late 1989, although Hoffs has sporadically pursued a solo career.

As we previously reported, rumors about a possible Bangles reunion have been kicking around for the last few months, as the Peterson sisters and Hoffs had been informally working on new material together (see “Go-Gos Reunion A Go, But Bangles Still In Dry-Dock” ).

The new sessions have apparently gone well, as the reunited Bangles have already written one new track, “Get the Girl,” that will be included in the “Austin Powers” sequel directed by Hoffs’ husband, Jay Roach. (Hoffs also contributed a cover of Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love” to the soundtrack to the first “Austin Powers” flick.)

The band’s reps say that “Get the Girl” wasn’t written specifically for the movie, but it ended up replacing an old Monkees song that was used in the film’s temporary score. The switch came too late for the tune to be included on the soundtrack album,
but the band hopes to have “Get the Girl” included on a possible “Volume 2″ collection.

The Bangles plan to continue rehearsing and writing songs for a new album that the group hopes to have out by the summer of next year.