Want to Star in a Twisted Sister Video?

That crazy 80s hair metal band, Twisted Sister, is back! And they’ve hooked up with Hornitos Tequila to run one of the raddest competitions I’ve seen in ages – you can win a trip to New York to star in a remake of the video for Twisted Sister’s most famous song, We’re Not Gonna Take It! The competition is for Cinco De Mayo, and the new video will be a mariachi version. Imagine, being in as close to a real 80s music vid as you can get (unless you have access to your own time machine…). “Like” the Hornitos Tequila Facebook page to enter!

Jenna blogs about all things 80s at Pop Eighties

A Music Fan Enlists 80s Vocalists’ to Help Bring Back Rock

Resurgence of Rock

Ken Savage was a huge fan of all the great rock songs that came out of the 70s and 80s.  He had pretty much worn out all of his old albums and CDs and wanted something new.  Not finding anything in today’s music scene, he decided to take matters into his own hands.  He sat down and wrote the lyrics to a bunch of 80s style rock songs, but updated them to modern times.  He then convinced some rockers straight out of the 80s music scene to help him bring them to life.  Terry Ilous of XYZ, Paul Shortino from RoughCutt, and the fabulous Lorraine Lewis from Femme Fatale all contributed to putting together an album appropriately named: Resurgence of Rock.  Here is the story:

Also check out their Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/resurgenceofrock

Whitney Houston Dies Aged 48

80s mega star singer Whitney Houston has been found dead, aged 48, in Beverly Hills, California. Whitney was one of the biggest selling artists of the decade, with 7 number 1 hits, and more in the 90s when she also dabbled in acting. Whitney married RnB star Bobby Brown in 1992 and though it seemed at first to be a magical pairing, by the late 90s it became clear that Whitney was using drugs and had a fairly extreme behavior change, turning from the golden girl of American music to an erratic and unreliable star.

In recent years she received criticism for lackluster performances and appeared, tragically, to have lost the amazing voice that made her a legend. The cause of her death is currently unknown.

While the world speculates and mourns her passing, one thing remains certain – she will live on as one of the brightest, most special stars of the 80s.

A quite devastated Jenna blogs about all things 80s at Pop Eighties

Original Star Wars Trilogy to be Released in 3D

You’ve likely seen that the Star Wars prequel trilogy has been released theatrically in 3D this year. I don’t know too many people who love the prequels, but the great news is that George Lucas has confirmed that the original trilogy will be released in 3D too! That includes arguably the 2 best Star Wars movies in existence, the Empire Strikes Back (1980) and the Return of the Jedi (1983). Lucas has said that it will take about a year to render each film in 3D, so we can expect to wait another 3 years for the original 1977 movie to come out, but it will likely be well worth the wait!

Jenna blogs about all things 80s at Pop Eighties (where it is currently 80s Movie Month!).

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Fans of the 80s

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Here are some last minute gift ideas for the 80s fans in your life.  We have everything from a rocking guitar shirt that really plays to a tie straight out of an early Leisure Suit Larry game!


8-Bit Tie by ThinkGeek

Rubik’s Cube Salt & Pepper Mills

Rock N Roll 45 RPM Clock

’80s Cellphone Case

Voltron 8GB USB Flashdrive

I Rocked The 80's 2012 Wall Calendar
I Rocked The 80’s 2012 Wall Calendar

Electric Rock Guitar Shirt

Etch-a-Sketch iPad case

Donkey Kong Wall Stickers

Intellivision Lives!, Intellivision Rocks & Intellivision in Hi-Fi in one low-price collector’s pack

80s movie star Elisabeth Shue is joining CSI

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Elisabeth Shue is moving to the small screen.  She will be replacing Marg Helgenberger later this season on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.  The Las Vegas based police forensic program is part of the CBS Wednesday night lineup.

80s fans will remember Elisabeth in movies such as Karate Kid, Cocktail, and Adventures in Baby Sitting.  She also took over the role of Jennifer from Claudia Wells in the sequels to Back to the Future.

Check out E-Online for more

Wendy Dio Plans Re-release of All-Star 80’s Metal Collaboration

Wendy Dio tells Rolling Stone that she wants to re-release the All-Star 80’s metal collaboration put together for charity in the mid 80s by her late husband Ronnie James Dio.

I’m going to rerelease [‘Stars’] because it only ever came out on vinyl and cassette. So it’ll come out on DVD and CD,” she says. “I have loads of outtakes for the video.

The year is 1985 and Dio band members Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell want to do a rock charity single to go along with the more pop oriented “We are the World” and “Do They Know it’s Christmas”. They talk Ronnie into putting together a band and Hear ‘N Aid is formed.

The band included many of the top 80’s metal artists, including singers Don Dokken, Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow, and Rob Halford from Judas Priest.  It also included some killer guitar work with leads by guitarists like George Lynch and Yngwie Malmsteen

The original video for their song “Stars” is below:

Here is the complete list of participants from Wikipedia:


  • Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
  • Don Dokken (Dokken)
  • Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
  • Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
  • Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
  • Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt)
  • Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)

Backing Vocals

  • Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Dave Alford (Rough Cutt)
  • Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/King Kobra)
  • Vinny Appice (Dio)
  • Jimmy Bain (Dio)
  • Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
  • Mick Brown (Dokken)
  • Vivian Campbell (Dio)
  • Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
  • Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt)
  • Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
  • Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
  • Chris Hager (Rough Cutt)
  • Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)
  • Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P.)
  • George Lynch (Dokken)
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe)
  • Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap)
  • Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)
  • Ted Nugent
  • Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
  • Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
  • Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)
  • Claude Schnell (Dio)
  • Neal Schon (Journey)
  • Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap)
  • Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)
  • Matt Thorr (Rough Cutt)
  • Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake)

Lead Guitar Solos

  • Vivian Campbell (Dio)
  • Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
  • Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
  • Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
  • George Lynch (Dokken)
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
  • Neal Schon (Journey)

Rhythm Guitar Melody Lines

  • Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
  • Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)


  • Jimmy Bain (Dio)


  • Vinny Appice (Dio)
  • Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)


  • Claude Schnell (Dio)

80s In The News – 80s Movie Edition

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Time to take a look at news items related to our favorite decade, the 1980s!

Hollywoods obsession with remaking movies from the eighties continued with the release of new versions of Footloose, Fright Night,  and The Thing.

Speaking of Footloose, What do you think of Blake Shelton’s version of the classic Kenny Loggins’ theme song?

In other 80s Movie News:

Also in the News:
The complete collection of the 80’s Cartoon “Jem” was released on DVD,
and The Republic has a great interview with Dynasty star Linda Evans

Well, that’s it for this edition of “80s In The News”..  Until next time, thanks for helping keep the 80’s alive!

Classic 80s Metal Bands sign up for Monsters of Rock Cruise

Wow, what a great lineup they have on tap for 80s Metal Fans on this cruise!   If you are a fan of the old Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, this is a must.

Created for fans of 80s Hard Rock music, the Monsters of Rock Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas from February 25-28, 2012, showcasing legendary bands including Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Stryper, Y & T, UFO and more. This high seas festival plays like a fantasy camp for hard rock enthusiasts with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun…the party never ends!

Visit the following website for more details: http://monstersofrockcruise.com/

The 80s Makes a Comeback

I can’t even describe how powerful of an influence the 80s has had on me – and surprisingly still has on pop culture. Here are a few ways the 80s has snuck back (or up) into the 21st century:

Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin” has made several poignant appearances over the past handful of years, rejuvenating our spirits with its powerful and trademark 80s positive, uplifting, and energetic riffs. First, the Chicago White Sox adopted it as their anthem en route to the 2005 World Series. Then, it served as the closing soundtrack to the final moments of the HBO hit series The Sopranos. More recently, its popularity was revived again when it was featured on the hit TV show Glee.

The Smurfs, the latest box office phenomenon to hit the big screen, used to light up our small screens every Saturday morning as an animated series. We fell in love with those little blue creatures, and let’s face it, Papa Smurf probably ended up teaching us more life lessons than our own parents did.

Nothing makes a more ironic, and thus awesome, fashion statement than rocking throwback wardrobe items that speak to your love of the 80s. I’m sure you’ve noticed that 80s t-shirts are on the rise. It seems everywhere I look there’s someone sporting a Madonna or Top Gun tee.

For a kid who spent all his time next to an enormous tape deck rocking out to 80s tunes, nothing shows off my love of the 80s like this funny t-shirt.