The Cowboy, the Construction Worker, the Military Man, the Indian, the Traffic Cop, and the Leather Biker, otherwise known as the Village People, have been touring the world singing their smash hits "Macho Man" and "YMCA" from the disco era of the 1970s and '80s. On Sunday, they made a stop at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, to roll the dice and disco all night.
More than 1,200 fans from all over Western New York and Canada gathered in the Seneca Niagara Events Center to see these six men bring back memories from the days when big hair, shiny clothes, and dark sunglasses were the hottest fashions. Opening the show with "All-American Band," they sang and danced like they were 20 years old again, and truly amazed the crowd.
The audience also got a lesson from the Village People about how to do the YMCA dance -- the right way. Some people put both hands on their heads for the "M," and according to the Cowboy, "that's what monkeys do." Instead the right way to do the "M" is across the chest in a "V"-like formation, touching fingertips at the bottom. This concert was a "groovy" piece of the past and the crowd seemed to really enjoy it.
John M. Curtin is a senior at North Tonawanda High School.