Category Archives: 80’s Music Artists

New Order, Culture Club and other 80s bands are recording again!

New OrderHere is some exciting news for 80s music fans! Remember the Britpop synth band New Order, who recorded the chart-topping song “Blue Monday“? Well, they are back in the studio getting ready to record their 10th studio album.

If you grew up in the 80s, you will definitely remember hits like “Karma Chameleon“, “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” from the Boy George-fronted ’80s group Culture Club. They are also currently in the studio recording their first album as a band in more than 15 years!

Faith No More, the band behind 1989’s hit “Epic” are back together and in the studio getting ready to release their first full-length album in 18 years. Their album will be available sometime in 2015.

The English synthpop duo Erasure, who saw their biggest hits like “Oh, L’Amour” and “Ship of Fools” reach their peak in the mid to late ’80s are also gearing up to release an album this fall.

If you didn’t grow up in the 80’s, don’t fear… There are also a few ’90s acts that will be dropping albums in 2015. Music artists such as: En Vogue, Counting Crows, Limp Bizkit and Smashing Pumpkins.

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Lead Singer of ’80s Group Survivor Jimi Jamison Dead at 63

Jimi JamisonJimi Jamison, the lead singer of the rock band Survivor, has died, the band announced. Jamison was 63.

“Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison,” the band wrote on its Twitter page. “Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends and family.”

According to Wikipedia, Jimi Jamison was born in rural Mississippi on August 23, 1951. Jamison is best known as the longtime frontman of rock bands Cobra and platinum-selling Survivor and as the voice and co-writer of the theme song for Baywatch.

RIP Jami. We are losing too many great talents from the 1980s, including recently Robin Williams (also 63 years of age).

’80s pop star Tiffany to perform at Rusty Ball

tiffany-682x1024-2013‘80s pop star Tiffany has been added to the sixth annual Rusty Ball, set for 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Nov. 9 at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tiffany will perform some of her hits and will take part in a VIP Meet & Greet before The Rusty Ball for VIP guests only.

Organized by The Spirit of Cincinnatus, a non-profit founded by ’80s party band The Rusty Griswolds, the event also features music by that band and Suits That Rock, silent and live auctions, and more.

The event distributes proceeds to participating charities based on each charity’s percentage of ticket sales; this year, a record-breaking 161 beneficiary groups have signed up to participate.

Last year, event raised $402,000; in five years, it has raised more than $1.4 million.

For ticket prices and packages, click here or visit www.therustyball.com.

Prince takes to the Twitosphere

Looking for another great 80’s music artist to follow on Twitter? Well, look no further. The artist who formerly proclaimed the Internet dead, is alive and well in the Twitosphere!

If following Prince on Twitter wasn’t enough, his tweets are pretty humorous and his replies are even more funny and interesting.

Check him out at @3rdeyegirl

 

 

 

The Fixx & Wang Chung prove that some ’80s products remain relevant

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News Contributing Reviewer, Nancy Parisi of The Buffalo News in Buffalo, New York wrote a positive article regarding The Fixx and Wang Chung who performed at Canalside on July 25, 2013. An excerpt from her article follows:

Originating from the time when acid-washed jeans, “Just Say No,” oversized shoulder pads, and drum machines ruled the land, The Fixx and Wang Chung proved that some ’80s products remain relevant – and attractive. Both bands, pop staples of clubs and radio of that era, performed Thursday at Canalside.

Wang Chung hit the stage with vocalist Jack Hues noting immediately that it was a “small but perfectly formed crowd.” They began their set with three from their 2012 recording, “Tazer Up!,” a topical array of tunes.

Their second selection, “Let’s Get Along,” was enlivened by a departure from the song’s lyrics to channel the power of their signature “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” with chorus calling for everyone to “Wang Chung tonight.” The guitar work and vocals of original bandmate Nick Feldman were rock solid. Joining the two onstage were Josh Thompson on drums, and Tony Banks on vintage-sounding synthesizer.

Click here to read the rest of the article at The Buffalo News’ website.

80’s New Wave band A Flock of Seagulls’ van recovered, but gear is gone

Mike Score of A Flock of SeagullsSeems that the eighties band A Flock of Seagulls‘ is in a bit of a jam. The band’s leader, Mike Score tells CNN “The van itself was found, but all the gear was taken. The van was empty.” Investigators are searching for fingerprints and other clues on the vehicle.

The good news is: “The word, though, is out and we have lots of other band members scouring eBay and Craigslist for signs of the equipment,” Score said. Southern California guitar stores have lists of the stolen gear in case someone tries to fence it there, he said.

Score told reporters that he is anxious about a hard drive that was in the van, since it contained songs from his upcoming solo album. The music “was just about ready to go” when it disappeared with the van, he said.

A reorganized version of the 1980s English New Wave band has been playing gigs with co-founder Score as the only original member. Their biggest hit was “I Ran (So Far Away)” in 1982.

Photo of Mike Score courtesy of CNN News.

Bon Jovi to NJ: I’ll be there for you

jon-bon-jovi-nj-story-07-2013Rock star and New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi made an appearance Monday to announce his $1 million contribution to New Jersey’s Sandy Relief Fund.

“My being here is not political. It’s emotional because I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here,” he said at an event held to announce the donation. “And in the days following the storm, when I visited these streets and spoke to the residents, one thought that came to me time and time again was what can I do?”

Beaming with pride, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Bon Jovi and his wife are people “who never take New Jersey away from themselves.” Read more at CNN.com…

LL Cool J & Eddie Van Halen Collaboration

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To make his new album ‘Authentic,’ rapper LL Cool J searched for the best of the best from rock, country, rap pop and funk. In a recent interview he said Eddie Van Halen was at the top of his list.

“I just really wanted to work with the best, work with people that I respect, people that I look up to, people that impress me, people that I believe are truly super talented,” LL Cool J told Radio.com. “I feel like Eddie falls in that category.”

One clip of their collaboration leaked last week. The song is called ‘We’re the Greatest,’ and is one of two from the album to feature the guitarist. “It’s LL and Eddie Van Halen together,” he says. The song closes the project; ‘Not Leaving You Tonight’ is the other song and it also features Fitz and the Tantrums.

“I am in no way trying to put myself on the level of Van Halen or say that … I don’t want Van Halen fans to get the wrong impression like I don’t respect their legacy or who they are. I do. I just wanted to do something with Eddie that I think is cool. And, I think we accomplished something great. I hope they dig it.”

Other collaborators on ‘Authentic’ are Bootsy Collins, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and country star Brad Paisley. LL Cool J, Morello and Blink-182‘s Travis Barker performed a new song called ‘Whaddup’ at the 2013 Grammys.

LL Cool J & Eddie Van Halen ‘We’re the Greatest’ video clip:

Source: ultimateclassicrock.com

’80s band Pet Shop Boys set for Las Vegas concert

electric_pet_shop_boysEnglish electronic duo Pet Shop Boys are set to bring the spirit of the ’80s to Las Vegas.

Music venue The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel announced the duo’s arrival on Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets, which start at $45, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Apart from their catchy 1980s-defining hits, Pet Shop Boys are stopping in Las Vegas as part of a tour to promote their latest album, Electric.

Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

Michael Schenker adds London date to 2013 UK Tour

Michael SchenkerFor our UK friends:

Rock guitarist Michael Schenker has added a London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert on Friday May 31st to his 2013 Temple of Rock UK Tour. Tickets for the London concert goes on sale Wednesday December 5th from www.thegigcartel.com and 0844 478 0898.

Stockton on Tees ARC (April 9)
Aberdeen Lemon Tree (April 10)
Edinburgh HMV Picturehouse (April 11)
Newcastle o2 Academy (April 12)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (April 13)
Warrington Parr Hall (April 14)
Falmouth Princess Pavilion (April 16)
Bristol o2 Academy (April 17)
Salisbury City Hall (April 18)
Oxford o2 Academy (April 19)
Nottingham Rock City (April 20)
Norwich Waterfront (April 21)
London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (May 31)

The London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert dovetails Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock: Live in Europe  CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Ltd Deluxe Collector’s Edition, released by inakustik on Monday December 10th.  Live In Europe was recorded and filmed in Tilburg, the Netherlands in May 2012, and at 2011’s London’s High Voltage Festival.