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’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.

James Spader to play Ultron in the next ‘Avengers’

James SpaderJames Spader has been tapped to play Ultron the next time the “Avengers” assemble. The 80’s actor best known for such movies as Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, Sex, Lies, and Videotape and recently the TV show Boston Legal was announced to play the Marvel villain Thursday.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will show a more humanized — but just as fearsome — villain, Whedon told Entertainment Weekly.

In the Marvel universe, Ultron is a sentient robot that has an incredibly wide range of abilities, coming equipped with super-speed, super-strength, flight, mind control and a coma ray, to name a few. Whedon’s Ultron won’t be quite as versatile, and the filmmaker is imagining a less robotic bad guy.

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will debut on May 1, 2015. In the meantime, Spader will be on the small-screen as well: The three-time Emmy winner stars in NBC’s “The Blacklist,” which premieres September 23.

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

 

 

 

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.

Iron Maiden’s ‘Piece of Mind’ album turns 30

Iron-Maiden-Piece-of-MindFor you folks that bought Iron Maiden’s ‘Piece of Mind‘ album in 1983; Are you feeling old yet? The album was recorded January – March 1983 and released May 16, 1983.

‘Piece of Mind’ was Maiden’s fourth studio album released by EMI and by Capitol Records in the US, where it was reissued later by Sanctuary/Columbia Records. This was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust and has been Iron Maiden’s drummer ever since.

The album was a commercial success, reaching No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart and achieving platinum certification in the UK and North America.

Track Listing:

If you have forgotten the track listing, here you go:

  1. Where Eagles Dare
  2. Revelations
  3. Flight of Icarus
  4. Die with Your Boots On
  5. The Trooper
  6. Still Life
  7. Quest for Fire
  8. Sun and Steel
  9. To Tame a Land

Fun Fact:

At the beginning of the sixth track, “Still Life”, the band included a hidden message which could only be understood by playing the album backwards. This was a joke and an intended swing back at the critics who had accused Iron Maiden of being Satanic.

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.

Look what the lawyers dragged in; Poison sued for alleged plagiarism

80's hair/glam band PoisonMembers of Poison have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn’t over recently created work, but rather over old hits, including “Talk Dirty To Me,” “I Won’t Forget You,” “Fallen Angel” and “Ride the Wind.”

The plaintiffs in this new case are Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, who were members of a Chicago band known as Kid Rocker. This band was formerly signed to Atlantic Records and is said to have been a favorite on the Hollywood club scene in the early-1980s. During those years, they created a number of songs, including “Hit and Run” and “Wham Bam Slammin’ Romance,” which are said to have later been incorporated by Poison in their own work.

According to the plaintiffs, in 1984, before guitarist C.C. DeVille joined Poison, he auditioned for Kid Rocker. During this time, he allegedly was shown completed and formatted songs and was lent master-recorded studio tapes. Kid Rocker disbanded that year, but McCarthy purportedly presented songs for DeVille’s use as a member of another band, Screamin’ Mimis. Then DeVille joined Poison, and the rest is history. In 2004 McCarthy was asked by Sleaze Roxx how much of a hand he had in writing “Talk Dirty To Me” and replied, “I was the only hand in the arrangement–which Poison karaoke’d off Screamin Mimi’s version. If others differ, I’m waiting to hear or see it.” Poison became one of the stars of the glam era as their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, sold approximately 4 million copies.

Now, 25 years later, McCarthy and Stonich are suing members of Poison plus Capitol Records and EMI Music for allegedly infringing the copyright on their songs. The plaintiffs are demanding disgorgement of all profits from the songs in question, statutory damages for willful infringement, and an injunction that prevents Poison and Michaels from performing this allegedly stolen material.