Mötley Crüe adds more US dates to their Final Tour

Motley Crue's Final Tour

Motley Crue

Mötley Crüe has added more dates to their Final Tour in 2015.   The group has previously announced that they will retire as a band at the conclusion of this tour.  Their final show will be in their home city of Los Angeles on New Years Eve at the Staple Center.  Below are the other announced dates:


2/11/15 – Kobe, JP – Kobe World
2/12/15 – Nagoya, JP – Nagoya Gaishi Hall
2/14/15 – Tokyo, JP – Tokyo Super Arena
2/15/15 – Tokyo, JP – Tokyo Super Arena
2/17/15 – Fukuoka, JP – Fukuoka Kokusai Center

North America
(with Very Special Guest Alice Cooper except dates marked with *)
7/22/15 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
7/24/15 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
7/26/15 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
7/28/15 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
7/29/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
7/31/15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/3/15 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
8/5/15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8/7/15 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/8/15 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
8/9/15 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/11/15 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
8/12/15 – New York, NY – Barclays Center
8/14/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
8/15/15 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
8/16/15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8/18/15 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/19/15 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
8/20/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/22/15 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
8/23/15 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
8/24/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
8/26/15 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
8/28/15 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
8/29/15 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
8/30/15 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
* 9/2/15 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/4/15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
* 9/5/15 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
* 9/6/15 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
* 9/8/15 – Monterrey, NL – Arena Monterrey
* 9/10/15 – Mexico City, DF – Arena Ciudad de Mexico
* tba – Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA tba
Staples Center

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80s Hit 99 Red Balloons played with.. Red Balloons!

Nena’s 99 LuftBallons (The German version of 99 Red Balloons)

Normally we don’t like remakes of the great songs from the 80s, but you have to love this take on Nena’s “99 Red Balloons”.  The video maker takes the song literally and uses red balloons to put out a great sounding rendition.  Now the only question left.. is this the English or German version?!


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80s Hip Hop Pioneer DJ E-Z Rock dies at age 46

DJ EZ Rock

Rodney “Skip” Bryce, also known as DJ E-Z Rock has passed away at the young age of 46. At this time there is no word on the cause.  DJ E-Z Rock is best known for his collaboration with Rob Base on the hit song “It Takes Two”

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The 80s makes a comeback in TV Commercials

Companies are increasingly turning to the 80s to help sell their products.  While commercials have often used 80s music in the background, ad agencies are now taking it a step further by including 80s TV and movie stars in their productions.  Alf in particular has been showing up a lot lately.  Below are some of the 80s related commercials getting the most attention.

Radio Shack has an entire series dedicated to former 80s stars, here are a couple of them:


Alf also make an appearance in this 80s inspired Delta safety video:


Here is one from the UK:

Obviously companies are realizing the awesomeness of the 1980s. Here is hoping to see even more of these in the coming year!

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The 80s’ Most Rotten Villains

Check out this nice graphic detailing the most rotten cartoon villains of the 1980s put together by our friends at Spoilt Rotten Gifts .   Did they miss any?

Infographic: The 80′s Most Rotten Villains! - An Infographic from Spoilt Rotten Gifts Blog

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Jackson Browne and Richard Marx are joining Rita Wilson for a night of entertainment in LA


Richard Marx

Rita Wilson and Friends, featuring Jackson Browne, Richard Marx, Kara DioGuardi, Mickey Dolenz and The Tenors

November 5 at 8:00PM

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Along with her famous friends, including 80s Artists Richard Marx and Jackson Brown,  Rita Wilson reveals her expressive, denim-and-suede vocals in a nostalgic throwback to L.A.’s soft rock scene of the 1970s and early ’80s, seen from a point of grown-up serenity and knowing humor. Each guest will perform classics like “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Angel of The Morning,” and “Never my Love,” which are featured in Rita Wilson’s solo debut, “AM/FM.”

Presented by LA Phil. For tickets and information, visit LAPhil.com.




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The Pop-Up Video Version of a-ha’s Classic 80s Song Take on Me

The video for Take on Me by a-ha was one of the most innovative videos of the 1980s.  The video was filmed using a technology called Rotoscoping and combined live action with pencil sketch animation.  It won 6 awards at the 1986 MTV music awards, including “Viewers Choice”.  The video was also a major impetus in propelling the song to the top of the US Billboard Hot 100.

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The 50 Best Songs of 1984

Top 50 songs of 1984

George Orwell’s predictions included nothing to indicate that 1984 would be one of the hands-down finest years for pop music. Maybe it was, in fact, the terrifying concepts of his dystopian novel floating in our collective consciousness that pushed creative forces to new and invigorating levels that year. Or maybe MTV, which celebrated its third birthday in summer ‘84, had a little something to do with it — or at least the way artists adapted to its groundbreaking format, and the way the rest of us discovered and consumed music. After all, it was the year of the first MTV Video Music Awards, and Madonna’s unforgettable floor-humping performance of “Like a Virgin”; it was hot on the heels of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video debut (December 2, 1983); and it was the year Run-D.M.C. brought rap to the masses with their video for “Rock Box.”

It was a grand time for Prince, too, who had to one-up everyone and make a whole dang feature-length film with Purple Rain. Movies and music were working together to whip up storms when the theme songs for Ghostbusters and Footloose hit the Billboard charts. But 1984 was also the year of Sixteen Candles and a peak time for New Wave and post-punk, thanks to bands like Thompson Twins, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cars, Depeche Mode and The Fall.

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Top Ten 80s Hits with an Animal in the Song Name

Eye of the Tiger from Rocky III

Eye of The Tiger by Survivor

We love top ten lists here at The Great 80s, and it is time for a new one!  Today we will be counting down the top ten 80s songs that have an animal in the name of the song.  As always, our lists are based on the US Billboard Charts and not based on our personal preferences.  Also, since this is based on US charts, it might not translate well to the 80s fans outside of the United States.  With that aside, on to the Countdown!


Our number 10 song is one of the few instrumental hits to make a dent on the charts in the 80s.  When released in 1987, this song became the first instrumental to reach the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 since the “Miami Vice Theme” by Jan Hammer (a No. 1 hit) in 1985.  It’s Kenny G and “Songbird”


At number 9 is an Australian band who chose its name after passing a road sign leading to the Victorian township of Little River.  It the Little River Band with their 1981 hit “The Night Owls”


The number 8 song is by a Swedish singer-songwriter, rapper, and occasional DJ.  In 1989, Neneh Cherry had an international blockbuster hit. Her song “Buffalo Stance”  peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, and the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 1 on the US Dance chart.


You might know Brian Setzer from his swing revival band “The Brian Setzer Orchestra”.  In the early 80s Brian fronted the rockabilly group The Stray Cats.  And their big MTV video hit “Stray Cat Strut” comes in at number 7 on the countdown.

Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut by VEVO

 NUMBER  6 & 5

The next two songs come to us from one of the biggest bands of the 80s.  Duran Duran must have been really big animal lovers because they have scored two hits in our countdown.  At number 6 is Union of the Snake, which became one of Duran Duran’s most popular hits, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December, 1983.

The number 5 song is the hit song whose video catapulted them to super stardom (pun intended).  In 1982, MTV put the video for “Hungry Like the Wolf” into heavy rotation, playing it four times a day. The exposure eventually helped propel the single into the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, and their Rio album into the top ten of the albums chart.


At number 4 is a hit song by George Michael that was released as a single in 1988 and reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart.  “Monkey” became Michael’s eighth #1 US single, and the fourth consecutive #1 from his Faith album.


“Karma Chameleon” comes in at number 3 on our countdown.  The Culture Club song was featured on the group’s 1983 album Colour by Numbers. The single spent three weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984, becoming the group’s biggest hit and only US #1 single.


We are going back to the birds for the number 2 song in our countdown.  It is from an album Time magazine ranked as it’s 15th greatest album of all time.  In 1984, Prince made his film debut with the American rock musical drama “Purple Rain”.  The lead single from the Soundtrack, “When Doves Cry” was the #1 single in the U.S. for five weeks, from July 7, 1984 to August 4, 1984.

– When Doves Cry


The number 1 song in our countdown was written at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone to be the theme song for his movie Rocky III, after he was unable to get permission for Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.   The song got tremendous MTV and radio airplay and topped charts worldwide in 1982.  Here is our #1 song!  “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.








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Duran Duran – The Clothes, The Hair, and The Drugs.

The Daily Beast has a nice article on John Taylor’s new autobiography.  Information comes out from the Duran Duran bassist’s on the hair, the clothes, the drugs, and the group’s time as the house band for the Birmingham nightclub called the Rum Runner.

Eight Best Bits of John Taylor’s Duran Duran Tell-All


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