Record company politics split them apart, but mortality has brought them back together, if only for one night.
Fingers, the Oklahoma City power-pop act that was a staple of metro venues in the early 1980s, return for a semi-reunion concert at 9 p.m. Saturday at Coach’s Brewhouse, 110 W. Main in Norman — “semi” because the original lineup, sadly, is not intact. Alan Roach said the recent death of Fingers member David Medford ironically kick-started talks of playing again.
“We had some fans who had wanted us to get back together for a long, long time to do a show,” Roach said. “When we lost Medford last year ... Rick (George) and I thought, ‘You know, we’re 56 years old, and Dave was 57, so if we were ever going to do it, we need to do it now. The energy just kept building up behind it.”
He said the plan is to play Fingers’ one and only album, “Video Games,” in its entirety, along with plenty of ’80s covers. In their heyday, Fingers performed full sets of hits from The Police, XTC and Ramones.
“It’s a little surreal without David, because Rick and Dave and I were real, real tight,” Roach said of reuniting, with Stanley Walker and Jerry Murphy filling in for Medford and Bobby Gilpatrick. “I guess mostly, it’s just flattering.”
Local rock quintet The Wurly Birds will open. Admission is $5. For more information, call 321-2739 or visit facebook.com/fingerstheband. —Rod Lott