Friday, March 30, 2018

Rock the Park announces ’80s night led by Cyndi Lauper | The London Free Press

Rock the Park announces ’80s night led by Cyndi Lauper | The London Free Press: "The final night of this year’s Rock the Park will feature ’80s pop superstar Cyndi Lauper.

The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun singer will be joined by other ’80s stars: Poison lead singer Bret Michaels, British pop star Howard Jones, Mr. Mister lead singer Richard Page, Platinum Blonde, A Flock of Seagulls and Men Without Hats for a bill dubbed Mixtape Rewind night, July 12.

“We saw how successful our ’90s night was last year that we wanted to offer a new demographic the chance to relive their youth as well. It’s completely different than what we’ve ever done before, but truly believe we’ll see some magic happen down in the park each and every night this year,” Brad Jones, president of Jones Entertainment Group, said in a statement.

Tickets go on sale April 7 at 10 a.m.

That’s the final announcement of headliners for the 15th annual festival at Harris Park."

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hospital and doctor deny negligence in Glenn Frey’s death | Page Six

Hospital and doctor deny negligence in Glenn Frey’s death | Page Six: "The New York hospital and doctor that treated Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey are denying any wrongdoing in their treatment of the late musician.

Frey’s widow, Cindy Frey, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in January, claiming Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Dr. Steven Itzkowitz were negligent in their care of Frey’s ulcerative colitis in October and November 2015.

Both Mount Sinai and Itzkowitz responded to the lawsuit, claiming in legal documents obtained by Page Six via The Blast, “the injuries of the plaintiff [Frey] were caused in whole or part by the culpable conduct of the plaintiff…”

In addition to negligence, Cindy claimed the hospital and Itzkowitz failed to “promptly and properly assess the patient for respiratory issues” and ignored an infection, according to court papers."

'80s star Corey Feldman attacked in stabbing attempt - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

'80s star Corey Feldman attacked in stabbing attempt - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina: "LOS ANGELES (RNN) - Actor Corey Feldman said he was the victim of a stabbing attack in posts to his Twitter account Wednesday.

The 46-year-old shared pictures of him at the hospital but said he's OK.

"I was attacked 2nite!" Feldman tweeted. "A man opened my car door & stabbed me w something! Please say prayers 4 us!"

Officer Drake Madison, a spokesman for the LAPD, said Feldman was in his car with around 10:45 p.m. local time Tuesday when someone opened his car door and made a "stabbing motion" toward the actor's stomach. It was not clear what type of object was used by the assailant."

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Kenny Loggins, Dee Snider to headline 2019 voyage of The 80s Cruise

Kenny Loggins, Dee Snider to headline 2019 voyage of The 80s Cruise: "Kenny Loggins, Dee Snider and Sheila E are among the headlining performers announced for the 2019 voyage of The 80s Cruise. This will be the fourth annual sailing of the cruise, which charters an entire cruise ship for a week of concerts, meet-and-greets, Q&As and other '80s related entertainment.

Other performers include Berlin, OMD, The Fixx, The English Beat, Grandmaster Flash, Cutting Crew, Club Nouveau and comedian Alonzo Bodden. Tiffany and actress Claudia Wells from Back to the Future will be special event hosts this year along with several original MTV veejays.

Ports for 2019 include Key West, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Belize. The Celebrity Infinity is the ship for year four of the cruise."


Prince died from 'exceedingly high' amount of fentanyl, experts say

Prince died from 'exceedingly high' amount of fentanyl, experts say: "MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an "exceedingly high" concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Public data released six weeks after his death showed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

A confidential toxicology report obtained by the AP provides some insight into just how much fentanyl was in his system. Experts who are not connected to the Prince investigation said the numbers leave no doubt that fentanyl killed him.

"The amount in his blood is exceedingly high, even for somebody who is a chronic pain patient on fentanyl patches," said Dr. Lewis Nelson, chairman of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He called the fentanyl concentrations "a pretty clear smoking gun.""

Why Pop Culture Is Obsessed With The 1980s Right Now

Why Pop Culture Is Obsessed With The 1980s Right Now: "The ’80s are back, baby – and they’ve been back for what feels like forever in terms of the pop cultural zeitgeist’s notoriously short attention span. While the decade might have once been branded as a tacky, one-note punchline filled with aerobics videos and unfortunate shoulder pads, it’s now considered worthy of genuine artistic examination. Take, for instance, the critical success of recent television shows like The Americans, Halt and Catch Fire, and GLOW, all of which examine different facets of distinctly ’80s cultural phenomena, from Cold War intrigue to the birth of computing and women’s wrestling respectively. It would be impossible for their central narratives to take place during any other decade.

Yet the ’80s craze isn’t just limited to a desire to realistically document the era. Smash-hit genre properties like Stranger Things and the 2017 IT remake both place clearly supernatural horrors into imaginary towns that are nevertheless situated within that historical milieu. They draw on the period’s broader cultural context, such as its widespread panic over child abduction, in order to deepen their drama and terror. Stranger Things strives to pay homage to the decade’s character even in its non-diegetic elements, such as its shimmery, faintly sinister John Carpenter-esque score."

10 acts bringing your favorite '80s soundtrack to South Florida - southflorida.com

10 acts bringing your favorite '80s soundtrack to South Florida - southflorida.com: "
When you say, “I love the ’80s,” what do you mean? What’s the first song that pops into your head? A Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran”? Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love”? Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”? Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”? OMD’s “If You Leave”? Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”? Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”? Here are 10 South Florida concerts that will remind you what awesome sounds like — or explain why your parents are so crazy about the old days."

From Top Gun to Stand By Me: why the 1980s is my favourite film decade | Film | The Guardian

From Top Gun to Stand By Me: why the 1980s is my favourite film decade | Film | The Guardian: "I’m such a raging narcissist (or sociopath) that I generally assume my taste is the same as everyone else’s. How can people possibly think differently from me? Obviously everyone prefers Albert Finney’s Poirot to David Suchet’s Poirot, Blur to Oasis, hard cheese to soft cheese, Anchorman to Knocked Up, 80s goofball Tom Hanks to 90s Oscar winner Tom Hanks, right? Right?

So when I was asked to write about my favourite decade for films I sighed and said, “Well, I guess the 80s have already been taken, right?” Because, obviously, my favourite film decade is everyone’s favourite film decade, right?

Wrong. It turned out I was the only 80s taker, which amazed and rather depressed me. Because the truth is, as much as I have slowly come to accept that some (insane) people truly do prefer brie to cheddar, I do not believe anyone actually doesn’t love 80s films. They’re just too much of a snob to admit it."

Monday, March 26, 2018

After Madonna, Rick Astley sings Don't Cry for Me Argentina for BBC show

After Madonna, Rick Astley sings Don't Cry for Me Argentina for BBC show: "It’s a show-stopping anthem of female strength and vulnerability that has been belted out by Madonna, Sinéad O’Connor and Shirley Bassey.

But now Rick Astley is the surprise choice to sing Don’t Cry for Me Argentina for a BBC tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The 80s pop star will take on the famous appeal to her countrymen, sung by the spirit of Eva Perón, Argentina’s controversial First Lady, in the most famous scene from Evita, the musical written by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice."

Sunday, March 25, 2018

10 Things You Didn't Know about Crossroads (Not the One With Britney Spears)

10 Things You Didn't Know about Crossroads (Not the One With Britney Spears): "To start off with this is not the Brittney Spears Crossroads as you might remember, but instead a movie featuring Ralph Macchio that you might not even know about. When guitarist Eugene Martone meets up with Willie Brown, a failed blues musician, he embarks on a journey that will test not only his musical skills, but also his loyalty to a man that eventually becomes one of his best friends. His love for the music becomes the only thing that saves both of them and eventually impresses the individual that holds both his and Willie’s fate in his hands. It’s the kind of movie you might never have watched since it looked like another 80’s flop, but in truth it looks pretty good.

Not seeing Ralph Macchio as an Outsider or the Karate Kid is kind of weird."

Saturday, March 24, 2018

MovieNews | The cast of The Breakfast Club: Where are they now? - entertainment.ie

MovieNews | The cast of The Breakfast Club: Where are they now? - entertainment.ie: "John Hughes' The Breakfast Club was, by far, the ultimate in 80's teen drama.

Five teenage archetypes - a sports jock, a rich kid, a nerd, a Goth and a burnout - are held in detention on Saturday morning on March 24th and form a bond that goes on to define a generation. Hughes would go on to direct the likes of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and pen screenplays for the likes of Home Alone, but what of the cast?"

Is 'Eliminator' ZZ Top's Best Album? We Answer Five Big Questions

Is 'Eliminator' ZZ Top's Best Album? We Answer Five Big Questions: "To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Eliminator, the daringly innovative album that made ZZ Top household names, we gave five writers all our hugs and kisses and then asked them to answer five big questions about its place in rock history. Here's what they said.

Eliminator is ZZ Top’s best-selling album, having sold more than 10 million copies to date. But is it their best album? Why or why not, and if not what is?

Michael Gallucci: Tres Hombres has a slight edge over Eliminator, mainly because I think it's a better representation of what ZZ Top are all about. I love the way Eliminator took over radio in 1983, but some of it sounds a bit dated now.

Nick DeRiso: It’s a great album, and it’s a fun album, but it’s not their best album. Deguello, though it's brilliant from start to finish, can’t even top Tres Hombres, which will always be ZZ Top’s most complete studio effort. One of that 1973 project's deep cuts said it best: "Hot, Blues and Righteous." By the way, if you want a preview of these oh-so-‘80s sounds, head over to "Manic Mechanic” from Deguello. It’s all there."

OMD March 21, 2018 Salt Lake City The Complex - Utah Concert Review

OMD March 21, 2018 Salt Lake City The Complex - Utah Concert Review: "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, or OMD, is a band my oldest sister introduced me to back in the 80’s.  I knew within the first minute of their first hit “Electricity” that I was a big fan. So, of course, I was excited when I heard they were going to play The Depot on March 21.  I was even more happy for them when I learned that Utah fans were so excited about this tour stop that the show was moved around the corner to the larger venue, The Complex in order to accommodate the ticket demand.

The last time OMD played Utah was as a support act for Barenaked Ladies in the summer of 2016 at Red Butte Gardens.  They were great, but being a support act, they took the stage while the sun was still out, and it of course not everyone had arrived yet.  So I couldn’t wait to see them back in the headlining slot.

One of the best things about seeing a band that you have loved for 30 years is all the memories you’ve had with these songs. The downside tends to be having to forgive a band that’s been doing it that long for having lost a step or two.  How many times have you gone to see one of the favorite bands of your youth, and their songs seem slower, or they don’t move around the stage like they used to, or the lead singer just can’t hit the high notes like they did in days gone by. In the moment we’re usually just happy to hear the songs we love but usually, we’ll notice the decline and it becomes a quick reminder of how old we now are.  And who wants to remember that?!"



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

T'Pau and the glory - there's more to this band than just China in Your Hand - Essex Live

T'Pau and the glory - there's more to this band than just China in Your Hand - Essex Live: "Aaah the 80s. Big hair, soft focus videos and being able to go about your daily business without posting everything you did on social media.

And, of course, the music. A vibrant kaleidoscope clash of styles, genres and tastes which is still celebrated today as something of a golden age.

Someone who knows all about the music scene back then is Carol Decker of T'Pau, still instantly recognisable after all these years and still heard regularly thanks to the enduring quality of China in Your Hand, the pop-rock classic that spent five weeks at No 1 and 30 years on the turntable of almost every DJ in the country.

The 80s are big business these days, with tours and festivals featuring acts from that era a common occurrence all over the country.

T’Pau are no strangers to the retro circuit and will be appearing at Audley End this summer in Here and Now – Back to the 80s, alongside Jason Donovan, Midge Ure, Five Star, Toyah and a stack of other well-known acts."

Beetlejuice at 30: the ghoulish comedy-horror that had us laughing behind the sofa

Beetlejuice at 30: the ghoulish comedy-horror that had us laughing behind the sofa: "Tim Burton’s terrifically ghoulish 1988 film Beetlejuice turns 30 next week. And the anniversary is likely to bring back both happy and nerve-jangling memories for those growing up at the time.

The comedy-horror hails from a distinctly pre-12A certificate era, when the likes of Gremlins and Poltergeist delighted adults and children alike – but were a scary prospect for kids.

Beetlejuice definitely falls into that honoured company. Rated ’15’ by the BBFC on its release, but enjoyed by whole families on home video, it remains an inventive, spooky and amusing treat.

The plot revolves around happily married couple Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis), who are drowned when their car careens off a bridge and into a river.

Arriving instantly back at their beloved house on the hill, they find a Handbook For The Recently Deceased on their coffee table – and something very nasty lurking outside of their front door should they attempt to leave."

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fleetwood Mac, Run-DMC Added to National Recording Registry - Rolling Stone

Fleetwood Mac, Run-DMC Added to National Recording Registry - Rolling Stone: "Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Run-D.M.C.'s Raising Hell and the Temptations' "My Girl" were among the 25 recordings inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry Wednesday.

Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," The Sound of Music soundtrack, Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Chic's "Le Freak," Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" and Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" were also named as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" recordings.

"The thing that I remember most about Raising Hell is that it was so much great energy that it was made very easily," Run-D.M.C.'s Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons said of the honor in a statement. "To think that something that just came out of my mouth and out of my creativity is being put on this level of honor just blows my mind.""

Bruce Springsteen Signs Up for More Time on Broadway - The New York Times

Bruce Springsteen Signs Up for More Time on Broadway - The New York Times: "Bruce Springsteen is staying on Broadway.

Mr. Springsteen on Wednesday announced a third extension of his sold-out show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” to Dec. 15.

The production, which features Mr. Springsteen telling stories about his life and delivering stripped-down arrangements of his songs, has been an enormous commercial success, bringing in $44 million thus far at the box office.

The average ticket price last week was a whopping $507.60; by comparison, the average price for “The Lion King” was $149.27. (Those are prices paid to the box office — some people spend more buying from resellers.)

 Even critics liked it. “As portraits of artists go,” Jesse Green wrote in The New York Times, “there may never have been anything as real — and beautiful — on Broadway.”"

Candid photos of pre-fame Madonna in 80s New York | Dazed

Candid photos of pre-fame Madonna in 80s New York | Dazed: "Just one month before Madonna rose to fame with her self-titled eponymous album in 1983, photographer Richard Corman captured her soon to be iconic charm in her quaint, lower-East side apartment. It was a fleeting moment, one where the world did not know Madonna, yet a 24-year-old Madonna knew the world. She was charming, present and powerfully in charge of her dreams: an energy that beams brightly in Corman’s twin-lens Rolleiflex portraits. With leather studded cuffs, double denim, a neck wrapped in pearls and signature red lips, this is Madonna just 30 days before she rose to be one of the world's greatest icons.

Corman met Madonna after his friend, a casting director, was casting for Martin Scorcese‘s The Last Temptation of Christ, which Madonna auditioned for. Even though she didn't get the role, Corman's friend knew there was something incredibly unique about Madonna and urged Corman to photograph her. Before the shoot, Madonna already had a cult following in New York by spending her days producing her demo and performing from club to club. “The first question I asked her, naively, was ‘what are your goals?’...she said: to rule the world”, recalls Corman. It’s this exact conviction that also flowed through the veins of 1983 in underground New York, as the city was crawling with soon to be famous artists. Corman, one of these creatives, would spend his days bouncing from Keith Haring’s studio, to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s house and Madonna’s apartment to shoot the faces that would soon rise to fame across music and art. It’s for this oeuvre that Cormon’s work has contributed to defining an early era of portrait photography that has become synonymous with understanding the art itself."



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MLB Just Released a Reboot of the '80s Nintendo Classic 'R.B.I. Baseball' - Maxim

MLB Just Released a Reboot of the '80s Nintendo Classic 'R.B.I. Baseball' - Maxim: "Eighties kids know that R.B.I. Baseball for Nintendo was the greatest baseball game ever made. Where else at the time could you play as real MLB heavyweights like Jose Canseco, Nolan Ryan and George Brett?

It's so beloved, in fact, that fans have used it to reenact seminal moments from baseball history. (Red Sox fans, you might want to avoid this one...)

Now, Major League Baseball has released an update of the 1988 classic called, appropriately, R.B.I. Baseball 18. Per Sport Techie, It's currently available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will be coming to iPhone and iPad on March 27, and to the Nintendo Switch and Android devices later this spring. Just like the original, it carries a license from the MLB Players Association and recreates actual players."

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

5 video games from the 1980s worth playing again today | The Seattle Times

5 video games from the 1980s worth playing again today | The Seattle Times: "Video games today might seem like they’ve come a long way from the 1980s. Graphics are certainly better, storylines are more complicated and there are even games to play in virtual reality instead of at your local arcade. However, those games from the ’80s, back when companies were first starting to come out with lots of different options, represent a golden age worth revisiting, according to Rob Schmuck, senior operations manager at Living Computers Museum + Labs and executive vice president of the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo.

“Atari had a mentality about games at the time that really makes retro games different,” says Schmuck. “They thought games should be easy to learn but hard to master. So anyone could really pick them up, but to get really good and deep into the game you had to really work hard at it.”

Today, Schmuck says, there are indie games that are trying to get back to that same mentality Atari had back in the ’80s. “Especially in Seattle, you’re seeing a resurgence of these types of games. Of course you don’t play them in the arcade or a big console anymore, now you can run them on a smartphone or a tablet, but you’ll see a similar experience in games today like ‘Shovel Knight,’ ” he says."



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Scrunchies, Scourge of the 1980s, Are Back - WSJ

Scrunchies, Scourge of the 1980s, Are Back - WSJ: "Molly Rees was shopping online one day when a puffy, scrunched-up fabric-covered hair tie caught her eye.

Karli Henriquez,’s scrunchie

“I thought, OK, that’s a bit retro, a bit of a throwback, but I feel I can do it,” says Ms. Rees, 24 years old.

Yes, it was a scrunchie, the eye-catching hair accessory of the 1980s and ’90s, the staple of “Full House” episodes and Madonna ensembles.

They’re big, they’re divisive and they’re back."

Flashback to the ’80s: Boy George and Culture Club come to the state fair on Sept. 13 | Auburn Reporter

Flashback to the ’80s: Boy George and Culture Club come to the state fair on Sept. 13 | Auburn Reporter: "Boy George and Culture Club with special guest Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey perform at the Washington State Fair on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Since the band’s inception in 1981 Culture Club has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, led by their classic hits, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon,” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.” The group is fronted by British singer/songwriter Boy George, who is universally recognized as one of music’s most renowned artists. George was presented with the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his contribution to the music industry.

For nearly three decades, fans of the Thompson Twins have been waiting for more live performances from one of the most iconic bands of the eighties. Now The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, with a new band, will be touring and performing the Thompson Twins hits."

The Awesomely Retro 'Ataribox' Video Game Console Has New Photos and an Official Name - Maxim

The Awesomely Retro 'Ataribox' Video Game Console Has New Photos and an Official Name - Maxim: "We've heard buzz about a retro "Ataribox" some time now, but details have been hard to come by.

We now know that the forthcoming console's official name is the Atari Video Computer System, or VCS. Check out it's disco-style logo below:

New photos offer a look at a prototype that will be unveiled March 21 at Game Developers Conference 2018. As previously released images show, the VCS's aesthetic is similar to the classic Atari 2600, but with a modern twist.

A slick wooden construction with flush backlit buttons houses the main hardware. Gamers will bee able to play a yet-released list of classic titles with a '70s-era joystick.

But it's much more than a revamped version of the 2600. The VCS will function as a PC that runs an easily customizable Linux operating system and an AMD processor, which is to say that it'll have modern gaming and computing capabilities."

Monday, March 19, 2018

'80s and '90s kids, rejoice! KB Toys is coming back | Nintendo Wire

'80s and '90s kids, rejoice! KB Toys is coming back | Nintendo Wire: "The fall of Toys”R”Us has been a big blow for many, especially those of us who grew up going to the giant toy retailer on the regular. Toys”R”Us is sure to leave behind some mighty big shoes to fill, and it looks like another icon of ’80s and ’90s retail is about to return in an attempt to do just that.

KB Toys looks to be making a play for a comeback as the retro toy store has announced the beginning phases of bringing back the brand are taking place.

 According to the press release, the new and improved KB Toys is aiming at opening up shop both online and in physical retail spaces. As KB Toys was predominantly located in malls across the US, we expect a similar treatment this time around. Keep in mind that the press release was pretty vague — but we expect to get more info as we approach the holiday season. Stay tuned!"

How the 80s and 90s demonised the babysitter | Den of Geek

How the 80s and 90s demonised the babysitter | Den of Geek: "Chances are, whoever you are, you’ve been babysat once upon a time. Chances are, it was largely uneventful. But there’s also a chance that it’s since been dramatised out of all proportion. As memory serves, our babysitter was the most amazing woman ever and although there was a whopping 15 year age difference between this writer (then a primary school student) and her, we were destined to be together. Sadly, she spent most of her babysitting shift abusing my parents’ telephone landline while I ate dry penne pasta out of the packet.

What was this article about again? Oh yeah.

As if any further proof were needed than the penne incident alone, how any of this babysitting malarkey is still a thing nowadays is just as baffling as The Cloverfield Paradox. Not its premise, just its being. Have today’s parents seen any of the babysitting-centric movies of the late 80s and early 90s? Because they’re acting like they haven’t. So consider this a public service announcement on why you’re statistically safer to send them to nursery than to hire a babysitter..."


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Internet Archive's new handheld collection lets you play video games that were lost to time

Internet Archive's new handheld collection lets you play video games that were lost to time: "Tiger Electronics. Coleco. Konami. Bandai.

These are all familiar publishers for gamers from the '80s. Back in the days when Nintendo's biggest competitor in the living room was Atari, the handheld market was dominated by battery-operated LCD games.

Now, many of those games live on, thanks to the Internet Archive.

The digital library's ongoing efforts to preserve old games and software — a process that began around four years ago — have now given us the Handheld History Collection. The lineup of games, tabletop machines, and board games covers products released over a big stretch of time, from the 1970s into the 1990s.

It's a collection that includes roughly 60 titles, from names you know — like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong — to games that you've probably never heard of. Did you know, for example, that Tiger released a handheld MC Hammer game at one point? Or that Q*Bert's tabletop arcade release has a very different look?"

My Favorite 80s Song!

So, what is your favorite 80s song?

Don't just tell us... TELL THE WORLD!

To celebrate Wave 80's second birthday, we want to feature you, our dedicated listeners, introducing your favorite song on the air! Simply send us a recording of yourself saying:

"Hi, this is (NAME) from (COUNTRY), and My Favorite 80s Song is (TITLE) by (ARTIST), on Wave 80!"

For the next month on Wave 80, every time the song plays, it will feature your introduction! Pretty cool, huh?

Send your recordings to requests@wave80hits.com. If you need help recording a message, we can help you with that, too.

We love our listeners, and we appreciate each and every one of you. Come join us on the air!

Magnum P.I. Reboot Casts Happy Endings Star | Screen Rant

Magnum P.I. Reboot Casts Happy Endings Star | Screen Rant: "Happy Endings star Zachary Knighton has been chosen for a lead role in CBS’ Magnum P.I. reboot. The pilot for the ’80s classic, which launched Tom Selleck’s career, was picked up by the network back in January. It will join several other vintage TV reboots on the airwaves, including Hawaii Five-O, Lethal Weapon, and MacGyver. In addition to the pilot for the new Magnum P.I., CBS is also developing an updated take on fellow 80s classic, the female-fronted police procedural Cagney and Lacey.

The new take on Magnum P.I. will focus on an ex-Navy SEAL who uses his military skills in his investigative work for “lost causes.” The role of former military man Higgins, who was originally the caretaker of the opulent estate where Magnum resided in the guesthouse, has been reimagined as disavowed MI6 agent Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks). Suicide Squad actor Jay Hernandez has already been cast as Thomas Magnum."



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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bruce Willis and more 1980s action stars - Where are they now? | Gallery | Wonderwall.com

Bruce Willis and more 1980s action stars - Where are they now? | Gallery | Wonderwall.com: "Thirty years ago, Bruce Willis became a fan-favorite action star when he played NYPD detective John McClane in 1988's "Die Hard." While the role wasn't his first on the big screen, it helped define his acting career and gave Bruce a reputation for being a Hollywood tough guy. On March 19, 2018, old Brucey turns 63 and to celebrate, Wonderwall.com wanted to see what's happening in his life today -- and find out what the other major action stars of the '80s are up to now. Keep reading to see who's still shooting 'em up on-screen and who's faded into obscurity..."

Aretha Franklin cancels concerts due to doctor’s orders | Page Six

Aretha Franklin cancels concerts due to doctor’s orders | Page Six: "Aretha Franklin is canceling two upcoming concerts on doctor’s orders.

The Queen of Soul’s management team says in a statement Friday that Franklin will not perform March 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. That show would have taken place on her 76th birthday.

Franklin also won’t appear April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Organizers say Rod Stewart will perform as the headliner instead.

The statement says the singer has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months. It adds that Franklin is “extremely disappointed she cannot perform as she had expected and hoped to.”"

Here's how much your retro toys are worth

Here's how much your retro toys are worth: "Tucked away in your attic far away from the prying eyes of gold diggers sits a fortune. And to mark the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels and 65th anniversary of Matchbox cars, gocompare.com has approached Neal Giordano, an expert, to help them identify ‘old gold’ in the form of ‘retro toys’. Here’s looking at those forgotten ’80s and ’90s toys that could fetch you a load of cash."

Almanac, 3/17

Actor Patrick Duffy is 69. 
Actor Kurt Russell is 67. 
Actor Rob Lowe is 54.

#1 song this day in 1980: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", Queen
#1 album this day in 1980: The Wall, Pink Floyd

Friday, March 16, 2018

Glenn Frey's Solo Career Summarized With New Four-Disc Box

Glenn Frey's Solo Career Summarized With New Four-Disc Box: "Glenn Frey's solo career is getting the deluxe retrospective treatment with a new box set that collects hits and deep cuts, as well as live recordings and out-of-print early sides.

Titled Above the Clouds: The Collection, the four-disc set is scheduled to arrive in stores May 11. After a first disc focusing on the Eagles co-founder's hit solo singles — which will also be available as a standalone release — Clouds moves on to less well-known material, including songs from his 2012 After Hours release.

With its third and fourth discs, Above the Clouds offers material that should be of most interest to collectors — starting with the digital debut of Longbranch/Pennywhistle, the 1969 LP Frey recorded as a duo with longtime collaborator JD Souther. Previously available on CD only as an import, the album is followed here with a DVD presenting footage of a Frey show from Sept. 15, 1992, during the tour in support of his Strange Weather release."

6 Qs for They Might Be Giants (TMBG) - OnMilwaukee

6 Qs for They Might Be Giants (TMBG) - OnMilwaukee: "Thirty-six years ago, John Flansburgh and John Linnell started They Might Be Giants, a quirky duo with a drum machine. The band, which now has a backing band, occasionally takes breaks, but has never broken up. Instead, they've released 20 studio albums and have garnered success in a variety of genres, including alternative, college radio and children's music.

OnMilwaukee recently had the pleasure of asking Linnell a few questions before their show tomorrow night, Friday, March 16, at The Pabst Theater. Of course the 1992 stage collapse at the Modjeska Theatre was the white elephant in the conversation and had to be discussed."

David Bowie Statue to Be Unveiled in English Town | Pitchfork

David Bowie Statue to Be Unveiled in English Town | Pitchfork: "According to certain accounts, David Bowie is said to have debuted his Ziggy Stardust persona in the early ’70s at a club called Friars in Aylesbury, a town in Buckinghamshire, England. Honoring his legacy, Aylesbury will unveil a David Bowie statue in the town’s Market Square on Sunday, March 25, the BBC reports. (Bowie referenced the square on Ziggy’s “Five Years.”) The bronze sculpture, called Earthly Messenger, was created by Andrew Sinclair. The statue features Bowie’s various personae, including Ziggy. Below, check out a miniature mock-up of Earthly Messenger, as well as photos of Sinclair with the life-size figure.

In addition to the statue, there is a Change.org campaign for Aylesbury to change its name to “Aylesbowie.” The campaign was started by David Stopps, a promoter for Friars Aylesbury who started the initial fundraiser for the Bowie statue. Stopps told the BBC that he thinks the name change is possible because “since records began there have been 57 variations of the town’s name.” A spokesman for Buckinghamshire County Council commented, “It’s an interesting idea and perhaps on 25 March we could all think ‘Aylesbowie’—just for one day!”"

Sir Paul McCartney stuns commuters choosing second class on train | Daily Mail Online

Sir Paul McCartney stuns commuters choosing second class on train | Daily Mail Online: "Sir Paul McCartney may have an estimated fortune of £780 million but the Beatles legend is not averse to saving the odd penny here and there.

The 75-year-old was spotted rushing onto a train yesterday just before it pulled out of Charing Cross railway station.

Rather than opting for first class, down-to-earth Sir Paul settled down in second class, sitting alongside ordinary commuters and their bicycles.

Dressed smartly in a suit and crisp white shirt, Britain's most famous singer songwriter kept a low profile as he sat quietly on his own in the carriage. "

Rick Springfield Opens Florida Tour at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota

Rick Springfield Opens Florida Tour at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota: "Musician, soap star, movie star and author Rick Springfield brought his show to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Thursday night. He is touring with the new record “The Snake King”, which was released in January. A bluesy rock hard edged record making some political statements is not what you expect from one of 80's pop/rock favorites. Long before Justin Bieber, Springfield was a Teen Idol in his native Australia in the 70's. He came to America and found musical success and then television success on the popular daytime drama General Hospital. In the 80’s, Dr. Noah Drake and Rick Springfield were almost one in the same. Rick left the show and devoted himself primarily to his first love music.

He has continued to release new music, play sold-out shows and do some acting occasionally. He has played the Van Wezel several times over the last 10 years, he has a fan base here and this show starts off a string of dates in the south along with the 80’s Cruise which Rick is hosting. When he disembarks he and his band will be playing in Naples. April 15th through 16th, he will be back in Florida to play the Garden Concert Series at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot and a date in Miami."

Meet the Woman Behind the Catchy Toys 'R' Us Jingle From the 80s | Inside Edition

Meet the Woman Behind the Catchy Toys 'R' Us Jingle From the 80s | Inside Edition: "The woman behind the iconic Toys 'R' Us jingle, featured in the commercials from the 80s and 90s, wrote the tune with best-selling crime author James Patterson. 

Linda Kaplan Thaler wrote the catchy tune with Patterson back when they were both working at an ad agency — The J. Walter Thompson Agency — in 1982. 

"I wanted to think like a child because I was imagining a kid singing it," she said of the jingle, which she composed on a toy piano. "I knew that I had done something that was going to be catchy because there was a little 4-year-old running on the street and his mother said to him, 'If you don’t stop singing that song, we are never going to make it to school.' I thought, 'That’s cool.'"

She said when they wrote the song, they thought it was going to be a "one time thing," adding, "We never thought it was going to go on for so long.""

Pop review: Kim Wilde: Here Come The Aliens | Times2 | The Times

Pop review: Kim Wilde: Here Come The Aliens | Times2 | The Times: "Unlike many of her 1980s compatriots, Kim Wilde is not labouring under delusions of glory. She’s only too happy to head off on nostalgia package tours, present gardening shows and make a campy album named after an alien landing that she claims took place on her lawn in Hertfordshire in 2009.

“I’m worried he’s going to beam me up and I’ll have to sing Kids in America to him for the rest of my life,” said Wilde of her fear of being abducted by a starship trooper. Thankfully that didn’t happen, leaving her to sing instead about the joys of a lifetime in pop (Pop Don’t Stop), the wonders of love (Addicted to You) and internet trolls (Cyber Nation War)."

Almanac, 3/16

Game-show host Chuck Woolery is 77. 
Actor Erik Estrada is 69. 
Guitarist-singer Nancy Wilson of Heart is 64. 
Rapper Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is 59.

#1 song this day in 1989: "Lost in Your Eyes", Debbie Gibson
#1 album this day in 1989: Electric Youth, Debbie Gibson

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Culture Club, Thompson Twins, ABC, Midge Ure & more new wave stars on tour

Culture Club, Thompson Twins, ABC, Midge Ure & more new wave stars on tour: "This year looks to be a good one for fans of ’80s new wave who would like to see multiple groups on tour together. So break out your skinny ties, paisley shirts, shoulder pads, hairspray, pirate jackets, etc etc.

 First is the Retro Futura package tour, which this year features ABC (who put out a surprisingly good sequel to their classic 1982 debut The Lexicon of Love a couple years back), former Go-Gos frontwoman Belinda Carlisle, Modern English, onetime Kajagogo frontman (and Neverending Story themesong singer) Limahl, Annabella of Bow Bow Bow, and Tony Lewis of The Outfield. So far the only date of the tour that’s been announced is a Nassau County’st NYCB Theatre at Westbury on July 13. Tickets are on presale now (use code ENCORE).

 Meanwhile, Midge Ure (Ultravox), who played previous editions of Retro Futura, will play NYC’s Highline Ballroom on June 8 with Paul Young, and tickets are on sale now. Midge has a few other North American dates lined up, and lots in Europe. All are listed below."

Almanac, 3/15

Actor Judd Hirsch is 83. 
Bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is 78. 
Singer Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 63. 
Actress Park Overall (”Empty Nest”) is 61. 
Model Fabio is 57. 
Singer Bret Michaels of Poison is 55. 
Singer Rockwell is 54.

#1 song this day in 1988: "Never Gonna Give You Up", Rick Astley
#1 album this day in 1988: Dirty Dancing, Soundtrack

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking, Rock Star


Stephen Hawking, Rock Star: "Renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. And while he may have been more interested in classical music than popular music, he still managed to notch up an impressive series of rock star credentials.

While the works of composers like Wagner helped him deal with a rare and gradually paralyzing disease that was diagnosed when he was 21, he retained an interest in the world of rock. Asked about having attended a Depeche Mode show, Hawking once said, “It was a great concert, they had real energy. I don't think many people would have expected to see me there but I'm very glad I went, even though I was sitting just in front of the speakers and my ears were ringing for the next 24 hours. .. I try to make it to a pop concert every now and again. I have also seen Pink Floyd and Tracy Chapman while I was in the U.S.A. And Status Quo...but I left after 20 minutes – they were terrible.”

Hawking also helped shape the works of some rock artists over the years. His distinctive voice -- channeled through a speech-generating device he controlled with a cheek muscle -- showed up in songs by Pink Floyd, U2 and others."

Morrissey's 'Viva Hate' Turns 30: How His Solo Debut Predicted His Post-Smiths Career | Billboard

Morrissey's 'Viva Hate' Turns 30: How His Solo Debut Predicted His Post-Smiths Career | Billboard: "In his days as the headstrong, enigmatic lead singer of The Smiths, the most important U.K. guitar band of the ‘80s, Morrissey wasn't itching to go solo. Why would he? The band was defined by his peculiar psychology—narcissism tempered by self-effacement topped with a wicked sense of humor—and driven by a genius guitarist, Johnny Marr, with no desire for the spotlight. It was a nice arrangement.

 When Marr left The Smiths in 1987, ending the group’s run after four brilliant albums, Morrissey felt bewildered and betrayed. “The split is our final loss of innocence,” Moz writes in Autobiography, the 2013 memoir that reveals little about what actually what actually broke up indie’s Leiber and Stoller. To make matter worse, Morrissey soon learned he was contractually obligated to give EMI another album. Such was the impetus for his debut solo, Viva Hate, released 30 years ago today (March 14, 1988)."

Goodbye Claudia Fontaine, the unknown famous face of 80s pop | Music | The Guardian

Goodbye Claudia Fontaine, the unknown famous face of 80s pop | Music | The Guardian: "Soul singer Claudia Fontaine, who has died aged 57, was a Zelig-like figure in the 1980s, backing up performances by Elvis Costello, the Jam and the Specials – and was not the only unsung pop hero of the age

 I didn’t know Claudia Fontaine’s name until this week, when she died at the age of 57. I knew her face, though, and her voice: she was as much part of my pop adolescence as being poised over the pause button of the radio cassette recorder while listening to John Peel, or wondering whether I’d get back to Paddington from some London venue for the last train home to Slough."

This Account Tweets the Lyrics to ‘Africa’ by Toto Over and Over Again

This Account Tweets the Lyrics to ‘Africa’ by Toto Over and Over Again: "I was trolling Twitter last night when I stumbled across the best thing I had seen on the internet that entire day.

 There is a Twitter account that does nothing but tweet the lyrics to the song “Africa” by Toto over and over again.

 Before I go into my explanation for why this is amazing, let’s make sure we all know what song I am talking about. It is 1980s soft rock gold that everyone can relate to.

 Now that we are all on the same page, please meet africa by toto bot.

 When I say the account only tweets the lyrics to this masterful ’80s classic, I mean just that. It is not at all obnoxious—every three hours, another line from the song is tweeted out."

80s pop queen Tiffany dishes on malls and Debbie Gibson ahead of Tampa show

80s pop queen Tiffany dishes on malls and Debbie Gibson ahead of Tampa show: "Children of the 80s, Tiffany is calling.

 The former pop princess doesn’t play malls anymore, and three decades after her I Think We’re Alone Now success, she’s refined her act to an energetic mix of past and present. Expect less of a Casio backbeat, a bit more of a country take on her classic hits and some of her new material.

 Ahead of her Sunday show at the intimate Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Tiffany took the time to answer some questions by phone. We talked about the death of malls, Debbie Gibson and a 2008 documentary I Think We’re Alone Now (a must-watch) about obsessive fans."

Sarah Drew, Michelle Hurd to star in the reboot of iconic 80s show Cagney & Lacey- Entertainment News, Firstpost

Sarah Drew, Michelle Hurd to star in the reboot of iconic 80s show Cagney & Lacey- Entertainment News, Firstpost: "Another reboot is coming to TV, and this time it's the 80s iconic show Cagney & Lacey that will be brought back to life.

 The police crime drama, which ran from 1982 to 1988, revolved around the lives of Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney — two female police officers in New York City.

 Cagney & Lacey was a trendsetter in many ways as it showed two entirely different characters — Cagney a single, career-minded woman, while Lacey a married mother — fight bad guys as New York City police detectives. The two detective partners were also close friends who together combated sexism in the male-dominated workplace. The original show starred Tyne Daly as Mary Beth Lacey and Sharon Gless as Chris Cagney."

Almanac, 3/14

Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 85. 
Comedian Billy Crystal is 70. 
TV and radio personality Rick Dees is 67. 
Actor Adrian Zmed is 64.

#1 song this day in 1987: "Jacob's Ladder", Huey Lewis and the News
#1 album this day in 1987: Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

5 reasons the Eagles may have already delivered the year’s best concert

5 reasons the Eagles may have already delivered the year’s best concert: "The Eagles, a band reimagined and rejuvenated in its 47th year, may turn out to be the biggest concert story of 2018.

With greetings of "Good morning" from Joe Walsh and "Howdy, Hoosiers" from Don Henley, the Eagles' 53-date tour kicked off Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The two-hour, 40-minute show presented countless musical reminders of Glenn Frey, the co-founding Eagle who died in January 2016.

But it wouldn't be accurate to describe the performance as a memorial for Frey, which seemed to be the spirit of eight concerts the band played last year."

Molly Ringwald is a wonder in white patterned mini dress in NYC gala | Daily Mail Online

Molly Ringwald is a wonder in white patterned mini dress in NYC gala | Daily Mail Online: "She is best known for her role in Pretty In Pink.

But Molly Ringwald was a wonder in white on her latest outing.

The 50-year-old actress performed with her jazz band at Chico's #HowBoldAreYou event in New York City on Monday night.

The veteran star was seen enjoying the festivities with her husband Panio Gianopoulos, 42, and her friend, Tracee Ellis Ross, 45.

The 50-year-old actress even put her vocal talents on display at the gala

The actress, who is best known for her role in the '80s cult classic Pretty In Pink, rocked a more mature look with a different color. "

Twins sequel could co-star Eddie Murphy

Twins sequel could co-star Eddie Murphy: "There are movies from the '80s that cry out for sequels. Classics like The Breakfast Club, Purple Rain and Ferris Bueller. And then there's Twins. The 1988 movie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as a pair of unlikely twin brothers – test-tube babies – who are separated at birth.

Now Deadline.com says that 30 years later, a sequel – dubbed Triplets – is on the way and it could co-star … Eddie Murphy? "Thank you for the cookies. I look forward to tossing them."

Schwarzenegger himself confirmed the news at a recent SXSW panel, where he announced that the script is completed and that Murphy is "attached.""