80s Music

80s in the News – May Roundup

A look at 80s related news and events that happened in the month of May, 2011: The Vancouver Sun determined that Corey Hart was no longer “The Boy in the Box” Duran Duran kicked off a Summer UK Arena Tour Debbie Gibson and Tiffany joined forces for a summer tour starting with a performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Summer Concert series, Friday, July 29. Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers rocked out

XYZ Lead Singer planning 80s rocker benefit for Japan

Terry Ilous, the lead singer of 80’s metal group XYZ, has organized a 80s rock reunion that will benefit the tsunami victims in Japan.  The show will feature members of some of the top metal/hard rock bands from the 1980s and will take place at Harper’s Bar & Grille in Reseda, CA on April 16th.  A live streaming of the event will be done by Front Row Entertainment at http://frontrowent.tv/.  So far, Ilous has

Debbie Gibson Planning a Big Comeback with new Pop Album

TheInsider.com’s Nicole Dabeau recently met up with her ’80s music idol Debbie Gibson.  During the talk Debbie revealed she is planning a major “Tina Turner/Cher” style comeback.  Check out the video of the interview and let’s hope Debbie is successful with her new album! http://www.theinsider.com/news/39256_80s_Teen_Idol_Debbie_Gibson_Plans_Major_Comeback/index.html

The Return of El DeBarge

The Washington Post has a great article about the comeback of 80’s singer El DeBarge.  He has his first new album out in 16 years and it earned two Grammy nominations.  El DeBarge is best known for his huge hit “Who’s Johnny” which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986.  He also had a string of hits with his family in the band DeBarge, including “Rhythm of the

My First Columbia House Music Club Shipment in 1982

It was 1982 and I was about to make my first big foray into 80s music. I had just received a hand me down record player/stereo and my parents had finally relented and allowed me to join The Columbia House Music Club. This was the album by mail club where you receive 8 free albums just for joining up. MTV did not exist in my area of the country, so

Missing Persons not missing anymore?

After 24 years, Warren Cuccurollo is reuniting with Missing Persons, featuring lead singer Dale Bozzio. Many people hail Dale Bozzio as the original Lady Gaga. Warren was initially with Frank Zappa, before moving on to Missing Persons and then Duran Duran. Missing Persons disbanded in 1987 after a string of hits and a huge “cult” following. Missing Persons has now reformed for a world tour and a new album. In

Bon Jovi: Billboard’s Top Touring Act of the Year

Since 1986, only two bands have claimed the honor as the top-grossing act twice in three years: the Rolling Stones (1998 and 1999) and the Grateful Dead (1991 and 1993). But this year, another act can claim that title: Bon Jovi. For the second time in three years, Bon Jovi ranks as the highest-grossing touring act. The band’s achievement, this year and previously in 2008, demonstrates that, remarkably, the group

Tom Cruise in talks to star in film version of 80s rock musical “Rock of Ages”

Marc Malkin is reporting that Tom Cruise is in talks to join the movie adaptation of Rock of Ages.  Not only will he act, but he will also do his own singing!   Rock of Ages is a Broadway musical about the famous LA Sunset Strip in 1987.  The musical’s website describes it as ‘an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat

John Mellencamp: ‘The Coug’ is dead to him, so are record companies and the Internet

To record his latest album, “No Better Than This” (Rounder), John Mellencamp hatched a plan with producer T Bone Burnett. They would set up a mono tape recorder and a single microphone and knock out a bunch of new songs with a small band. It was old-fashioned recording in the extreme, with an added twist: The “recording studios” were the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga., a sanctuary for

Black Eyed Peas Mine The ’80s For The Beginning

With their feel-good party anthems, the Black Eyed Peas have never had a problem bridging the generation gap. And on their upcoming album, The Beginning, the group infuses their modern sound with classic ’80s songs. In the latest issue of SPIN, frontman will.i.am says that the album, due out on November 30, was recorded in hotel rooms around the world during BEP’s last world tour. “Our last record was just,