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Emmy-nominated Actor Rob Lowe To Narrate The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us for National Geographic Channel

Rob LoweThe ’80s: The Decade That Made Us, the National Geographic Channel announced that Emmy-nominated actor Rob Lowe will narrate the six-part cultural programming event that offers an unprecedented look at the moments, trends, inventions, and culture that have shaped our world today.

The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us isn’t about nostalgia; it’s about the history of our modern world that spawned political, technological, cultural and social revolutions that began in the United States and went on to dominate the world. This cultural programming event is the defining biography of a generation. It’s about a decade of people, decisions and inventions that changed our future, told from the perspective of the unknowing history makers who lived these iconic moments.

We worked out, worked harder, played harder and consumed more — because the 1980s was the decade when we went forward to the future. The first launch of the Space Shuttle triggered a technological explosion in global communications that gave birth to our modern love affair with smartphones; Madonna rolled around on stage in a wedding dress, sending shock waves through a celebrity-hungry world that can’t get enough of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry today. These and other incredible stories reveal surprising, unexpected details and twists and turns from a decade you only thought you knew.

“National Geographic Channel is a leader in creating engaging and relevant programs that viewers can trust,” said Lowe. “This series is a unique and provocative look back at one of the most exciting and revolutionary periods in American history.”

“Rob Lowe is one of today’s most enduring actors, and his films from the 1980s were among the most popular of the decade, with the ‘Brat Pack‘ films setting a new standard for the teen movie genre,” added Michael Cascio, EVP of Programming, National Geographic Channel. “He is the perfect narrator for this series and his voice brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and effervescent spirit of this bright and important time.”

Check out The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us website for episode schedules.

Twitter hashtag: #natgeo80s

’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.

Grab your ‘Sledgehammer’ & help celebrate Peter Gabriel’s 25th anniversary of ‘So’

Eighties music artist Peter Gabriel wants people to recreate scenes from “Sledgehammer,” his popular 1986 stop-motion music video that MTV says is one of the most-played clips ever on the 24-hour music television network.

An link on the former Genesis rocker’s Facebook page allows his fans to pick a scene from the music video, record a re-creation or upload an existing YouTube clip and vote for the best videos. Click here to recreate scenes from ‘Sledgehammer’.

The “Grab Your Sledgehammer” contest is linked to the 25th anniversary of Gabriel’s “So” album, which was re-released Oct. 22 in three different versions.

One winner will receive a TDKperformance Wireless Boombox and autographed artwork, while 30 runners-up will earn “Sledgehammer” posters. Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” video won nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1987.

Duran Duran’s racy new video & look back on past videos

Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor reveal which of their classic new-wave videos they’d like to rewind and re-do. The video below also gives us a glimpse of their racy new music video for the song “Girl Panic” off of DD’s “All You Need Is Now” album — which features super models Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Cindy Crawford.

Jay-Z scores U2, Kanye West for ‘NBA 2K13′ soundtrack

U2U2 will be rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall.

The band’s “Elevation” will make an appearance in “NBA 2K13,” the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise, as part of a soundtrack curated by the game’s executive producer, Jay-Z.

“I’m not sure if they’ve ever been in a video game,” 2K Sport’s vice president of marketing, Jason Argent, told Billboard.com. (The band came close in 2001, when the track made the soundtrack of “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” the game’s big-screen adaptation.)

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Poison’s Bret Michaels calls off engagement & wants a biopic

Monday Poison singer Bret Michaels called off his engagement to his girlfriend Kristi Gibson. “Although the couple have separated they remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising their two daughters,” says the rep.

Michaels, 49, and Gibson, 41, are parents to Raine Elizabeth, 12, and Jorja Bleu, 7.

After 16-plus years together Michaels finally proposed to Gibson on Dec. 2, 2010, with the cameras rolling; the big moment aired on the finale of his VH1 show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson. Photo by Carrie Reiser

On another note,  Bret is planning to make a movie about his life.

The 80’s rocker, who owns a film production company with actor Charlie Sheen, wants to put together a film to tell his story, starting from his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pa., and documenting his rise to fame with his band Poison.

“I want to tell the story,” Michaels told The Columbus Dispatch. “Mostly, when you see rock movies, it has to be this over-the-top thing. I want to give people a Bret Michaels movie where they see that my life is a comedy of errors. I also want to show my fans how to get through the kind of troubles that would leave most people flat on the floor.”

Duran Duran to headline Olympics concert

Duran DuranLondon will be going back to the 80’s with Duran Duran (among other headliners) kicking off the 2012 Olympics.

Duran Duran who’s hits include “Rio“, “Reflex“, “Notorious” and “Ordinary World” will represent England at the July 27 concert in London’s Hyde Park, which will feature acts from each of the four parts of the United Kingdom.

The other headliners are Snow Patrol from Northern Ireland, Stereophonics from Wales and Scotland’s Paolo Nutini.

According to The Associated Press, Duran’s lead singer Simon Le Bon said that the show would be “one of the highlights of the last decade for us.”

Tickets go on sale Friday.