Tiffany returns to Mugsy’s

By Gus Bode

In an era of tight-rolled jeans, day-glow, big economy and even bigger hair, there was a new musical movement awakening that would set the groundwork for the future sound of pop. One 15-year-old girl would become the prototype for the modern day teen diva as she toured malls during the late 80’s. Her name is Tiffany and she is still making music into the millennium.

Tiffany gained popularity as a teen icon in 1987 after the release of her debut album “Tiffany.” The promotion of the record was done in malls across America as she staged mini concerts that soon overcrowded many shopping centers, making the young star a phenomenon. Tiffany was best remembered for her red hair and No. 1 hit single, “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Her resurgence into the media spotlight came in 2002 when she bared it all in a pictorial for the April issue of Playboy. Copies flew off the newsstands and into the hands of a public that wanted to see Tiffany all grown up.

At 8 p.m. this Friday, fans of Tiffany’s music or photos will see her perform live at Mugsy’s Entertainment Center for a second time following her May 2003 show at the venue.


She will be performing hits from her albums, past and present. Her most resent record, “The Color of Silence,” showcases a sound of a more colorful, more mature Tiffany that has been compared to the renderings of Alanis Morissette.

“Her last visit was great,” Matt Maier, owner of Mugsy McGuire’s said.

“She is really good performer.”

Maier also recalls that the performer was outgoing and pleasant, but a little shy about signing the Playboy issue.

“She would only sign the covers,” Maier said.

“Autographing the inside was more difficult.”

Maier says that the turn out was exceptional during Tiffany’s last visit to Carbondale considering the variety of events occurring last May, which included Herrinfesta Italiana. He hopes the timing is right this weekend for a large audience.


In addition to gracing magazine covers, Tiffany has climbed right back on the pop culture horse as she appeared on many popular television programs such as “Star Dates,” “That ’80s Show” and “The View.”

Tiffany is rumored to be looking for more on-screen work in the future, according to MTV news documents. In the meantime she will continue to promote “The Color of Silence” and scrawl the covers of Playboy with felt tipped pens.

The show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.