Home Live Review Preview: Seal w/ The Buggles @ The Anthem, 5/10/23

Preview: Seal w/ The Buggles @ The Anthem, 5/10/23

Preview: Seal w/ The Buggles @ The Anthem, 5/10/23
Seal (Photo courtesy the artist)

GRAMMY award-winning global icon Seal is now on a massive 30th Anniversary Tour across North America. Produced by Live Nation, he teams up with longtime producer and trusted collaborator Trevor Horn, who will take on the role of musical director for the run of shows. Additionally, Horn’s acclaimed new wave band The Buggles open the show as special guest performers.

Seal performs with special guests The Buggies at The Anthem in DC on Wednesday, May 10.

The 30TH Anniversary Tour commemorates three decades of Seal’s landmark self-titled debut album Seal (1991) and eponymous follow-up Seal II (1994). He performs the records in their entirety for the first time, delivering a set highlighted by classic chart-topping anthems such as “Crazy,” “Future Love Paradise,” “Killer,” and “Kiss From A Rose.” Expect soul staples and standards peppered throughout the set, showcasing the full spectrum of his incredible repertoire.

Last fall, Seal reissued Seal as the 4-CD/2-LP SEAL: DELUXE EDITION complete with rarities, a 12”x12” hardcover book that includes never-before-published photos and liner notes courtesy of Jim Farber, a previously unreleased 13-track concert performance, and more, with all music impeccably remastered by Trevor Horn. The set has been widely acclaimed: American Songwriter celebrated the set’s “incredible dance remixes,” while Paste proclaimed it one of “The 20 Best Album Reissues of 2022,” writing, “Looking back three decades later, Seal’s combination of pop, funk, roc, and dance hit harder than we might have realized at the time.”

Seal notably reached RIAA platinum status in the United States, cracking the Top 30 of the Billboard 200. In the UK, it earned a double-platinum certification and captured #1 on the UK Album Charts. Describing the magic of this debut, Pitchfork likened it to “a vast, multi-sensory explosion of color and texture, a voice giving voice to something beautiful.”

Watch Seal perform “Kiss From A Rose” live for SiriusXM on YouTube:

Wielding one of the most identifiable voices of all-time, Seal has left an indelible imprint on pop, R&B, soul, and dance music. Along the way, he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, generated over 1 billion streams, and garnered four GRAMMY Awards, three BRIT Awards, Two Ivor Novello Awards, and one MTV VMA.

As a versatile and vital force throughout popular culture, his catalog encompasses ubiquitous anthems such as “Killer,” “Crazy,” and “Kiss From A Rose,” which toppled the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1, scored GRAMMY Awards for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” and adorned his quadruple-platinum 1994 epic, Seal II.

In retrospect, Stereogum likened it to a “radio wave sent out across the universe from a much, much prettier planet.” In addition to appearing in films by iconic directors such as Spike Lee and the late Joel Schumacher, his music has been celebrated with covers by Alanis Morissette, Bastille, and George Michael, to name a few. Speaking to his enduring influence, Seal notably appeared in John Hamburg’s Me Time alongside Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg, The Lonely Island’s cult classic Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping, Tyler Perry’s The Passion, America’s Got Talent, and The Masked Singer. Most recently, he earned a GRAMMY Award nod in the category of “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for Standards in 2019. Along the way, he has collaborated with everyone from Jeff Beck, Joni Mitchell, and Santana to P!nk, John Legend, and Gallant. However, Seal’s voice resounds louder than ever with more music in 2022 and beyond.

Buy your tickets online now!

W/ The Buggles
The Anthem
Wednesday, May 10
Doors @ 6pm
$49.50/$79.50/$119.50/$229.50 Standard
$325/$250/$375/$399 Platinum
All ages


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