To the ’80s and back again for Patty Smyth

 Patty Smyth of Scandal

Singer Patty Smyth says she first noticed the phenomenon when she left the ’80s rock band Scandal and played her first solo tour in 1992.

Crowds loved her hit song with Don Henley, ”Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.” But when she played Scandal’s MTV hit ”Goodbye to You” she says, ”I saw lightbulbs going on over peoples’ heads.”

”They didn’t realize that I was that girl in that video who sang ‘Goodbye To You,’ ” Smyth says. ”They just knew Patty Smyth, but didn’t necessarily know the lead singer’s name in Scandal.”

Smyth says it was just the opposite when Scandal went back on the road after getting back together in 2004 as a result of the VH1 television show ”Bands Reunited.” ”When we played ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,’ they went crazy. They were like, ‘Wow, that’s right!’ ” Smyth says.

Scandal is back on the road again and this time the band is billing itself as Patty Smyth & Scandal. It will play all of Scandal’s hits when it arrives at Penn’s Peak on Saturday. The band is getting ready to release its first new record in 25 years — Smyth hopes to have songs on iTunes by Christmas.

”I felt like it was just to cover both grounds for a while, to let people know who I was then and who I am now, kind of,” Smyth says in a telephone call from a New Jersey studio.

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