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Calvin Hayes from “Johnny Hates Jazz” remembers the 80s…

“IT’S very refreshing to see that the climate has changed,” says Calvin Hayes.

“People now seem very interested in 1980s music. Many bands are even reforming.” Hayes, along with Mike Nocito and Danny Saxon, make up the Johnny Hates Jazz trio which will perform at Genting’s Arena of Stars tonight and tomorrow night as part of the Here & Now 2008: The Best of 80s show.

It was two decades ago that Johnny Hates Jazz found its international success with the release of its second single then Shattered Dreams. The group then consisted of Englishmen Clark Datchler and Hayes, as well as American Nocito, all longtime friends who’d joined forces in early 1986.

“Mike and I, we’re still making records today,” says Hayes, who adds that he is proud of all the music they have worked on together.

For the concert here, Hayes will be playing his vintage Fender Rhodes keyboard, while Nocito will be on electric guitar. Saxon will take care of vocal duties, becoming the third vocalist in the band’s history following the footsteps of Datchler and Phil Thornalley.

Hayes remembers the 80s fondly. “Personally, the experience of being in Johnny Hates Jazz, making and producing our own records is what I really enjoyed best. We got to travel a lot … we went all over the world. And the music then … it was all very glamorous.” Hayes remembers when Shattered Dreams went to the top of the charts. “There was a real sense of accomplishment in those days. It was legitimately a hit. We had to sell quite a lot of records to get into the charts back then.”

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