Man builds own 80s Arcade

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Heaven in His ’80s Arcade
By Mike Musgrove
Sunday, February 3, 2008
 The private Luna City Arcade was built by Peter Hirschberg next to his Linden, Va., home to store his growing collection of '80s-era arcade games. 

Well, he did it.

Last time I wrote about Peter Hirschberg, a guy with a passion for restoring vintage, ’80s-era arcade games, he was toying with the notion of building a full-blown arcade next to his Linden home to store his growing collection.

And here it is. Finally, after a couple of years, a pile of money, and a struggle or two with contractors and local building regulations, Luna City Arcade is complete.

Missile Command, Space Invaders, Defender, Asteroids, Q*bert — all the old pizza parlor favorites are here, chirping away with the same old sounds and waiting for a quarter. Luna City, as he calls it, is Hirschberg’s personal time capsule: The walls of the 60- by 40-foot building are lined with posters for “Star Wars,” “Tron” and “Battlestar Galactica” (the original series, not the recent remake). The collection is up to 65 games at the moment, and another three are on the way.

“This is what heaven looks like,” said Hirschberg, as he welcomed a small group of my friends and me to his recent unofficial grand opening, where about 50 of his friends and co-workers, and their kids, showed up to play.

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A musical based on life in the 80s…

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The Awesome 80s Prom, the celebrated off-Broadway smash hit, now in its fourth year, has recouped its investment, becoming a rare Off-Broadway success story, has launched productions across the US.  While New York audiences continue to party like it’s 1989 at the famed nightclub, Webster Hall, it has also enjoyed runs in Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Chicago. And, The Awesome 80s Prom is now available for licensing; it has already been performed at many community theaters and high schools across the country.

Over the last three and a half years, over 50,000 wine coolers were served, over 100,000 packs of pop rocks were consumed and over 200,000 attempts at “The Worm” were tried by folks attending The Awesome 80s Prom.

The Awesome 80s Prom is the acclaimed interactive experience in the style of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding and The Donkey Show set at the Wanaget High’s Senior Prom… in 1989! All your favorite characters from your favorite ’80s movies are at the prom, from the Captain of the Football Team to the Asian Exchange Student, from the Geek to the hottie Head Cheerleader, and they’re all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on “American Idol,” the audience decides who wins, all while moonwalkin’ to great retro hits like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!” Come “Back in Time,” to quote a Huey Lewis tune, and join the break-dance circle or just sit back and watch the ’80s drama unfold.

The Awesome 80s Prom was conceived and directed by Ken Davenport and written by Davenport and “The Class of 1989”, a group of performers including Sheila Berezan, Alex Back, Adam Bloom, Anne Bobby, Courtney Balan, Nicole Cicchella, Mary Faber, Stephen Guarino, Jeff Hiller, Emily McNamara, Troy Metcalf, Jenna Pace, Amanda Ryan Paige, Brian Peterson, Jessica West Regan, Kathy Searle, Mark Shunock, Josh Walden, Noah Weisberg, BranDon Williams, Simon Wong and Fletcher Young.  In addition to THE The Awesome 80s Prom, Ken Davenport is currently presenting the new hit My First Time (a play in the style of The Vagina Monologues, that was recently featured in an iPhone commercial as well as on CNN and Jay Leno) and Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award winner, Best Off-Broadway Musical).  Ken was profiled in the premiere issue of Experience magazine as a Broadway “up-and-comer” and won an Acclaim Screenwriting Award for his television pilot, “I.C.A.” Ken is a member of the BMI Librettist workshop.

The Awesome 80s Prom continues to be performed every Saturday evening at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street),
Prom doors open at 8 PM; although there’s, dancing and Duran Duran from 7:30 PM. Tickets from $49.99.   After The Prom, party all night at Webster Hall for free with each paid admission.  For tickets call at 212-352-3101 or visit 

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AC/DC website goes live

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Email I received from

AC/DC fans,

You are invited as formidable rockers AC/DC turn on the power
at their official website,! has finally been returned to its rightful owners. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. 

Visit today and get:

  • The latest news on the band
  • A tour of AC/DC’s past, complete with a daily lesson in AC/DC history (schoolboy uniform not required)
  • Video previews of AC/DC DVDs
  • A chance to browse photos from the band’s personal collection.
  • The official AC/DC online store, featuring the new “Plug Me In” CD, DVD, and exclusive “Plug Me In” merchandise
  • A chance to win amazing prizes, like a Peavey bass signed by AC/DC bassist, Cliff Williams. Enter Now!

Of course, there will be much more coming in the very near future, but the band couldn’t make you wait any longer.

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No Kids on the Block…

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New Kids on the Block Reunion Tour Canceled

One of the most popular boy bands from the 1980s and early1990s, New Kids On the Block, have announced that their tour is cancelled. This is disappointing news to New Kids on the Block fans because just announced over the weekend that the rumors of them going on tour were true.

New Kids on the Block sold more than 50 million albums and were popular worldwide until the group broke up in 1994. The former New Kids members have not went unnoticed over the years though. The oldest member of the group, Jonathan Knight, is a real estate developer. Donnie Wahlberg has enjoyed a very successful acting career and Joey McIntyre has continued with his music career with his CD, Talk to Me. Jonathan Knight’s brother, Jordan, continues to record music and he was seen not too long ago on the VH1 reality show, The Surreal Life. Danny Wood has also continued in the music business as a record producer.

My generation of music was the late 1970s and 1980s, so I remember how popular boy bands were during that time, especially the late 1980s. New Kids on the Block paved the way for many of the boy bands of the 1990s. Writing about Kids on the Block brings back memories of other groups that are no longer together that I miss

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Jackson in process of reworking his “Thriller” album

Singer tries to reinvent old ’80s hits
by Brandon Dunlap

Jackson, the “King of Pop,” is reviving his classic album, “Thriller,” supposedly working with producers such as and Kanye West.

In a supreme effort to save what’s left of his shattered career and tarnished image, Jackson is remixing and updating some of his greatest work to change with the post-Moonwalk musical times. By adding some of today’s most revered artists, Jackson hopes to solidify his already iconic mark on popular music – while trying to add some much-needed cash in his silver-sparkling hands.

A remake of Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” has been rolling around many entertainment Web sites recently. The track features Akon yelping over a plain yet corny piano opening, then attempting to cover the track with minimal originality.

If I wanted to hear “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” in the original capacity, I would opt to remove Akon’s pointless and cornball support. MJ must have gone down the list of performers on the Billboard Top 20 list and selected the most talentless ones.

What’s next, “Smooth Criminal” featuring T.I. and “Leave Me Alone” with T-Pain? (Not taking anything from these two.)

Wouldn’t it be better if MJ created more new music, instead of dwelling in his past feats? I guess as long as he and R. Kelly don’t remake “Trapped In The Closet” together, the kids are safe.

But I think he still has a few more “Hee, Hee“s and “Woo“s left to make an album – without employing every one-hit wonder in heavy radio rotation.

Akon shouldn’t have even sung a verse, since everything he sings sounds exactly the same.

He should’ve just stuck to the refrain, “Mama-se, mama-sa, ma-ma-koo-sa.”

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New Kids back on the block?

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New Kids On The Block Stage Comeback,,EntPeopleTax:NewKidsontheBlock,00.html

After months of speculation and rumor, the Kids are coming back. A well-placed source tells PEOPLE exclusively that New Kids On The Block are indeed getting back together.

New Kids On The Block Stage Comeback | NKOTB

The band’s Web site,, which had been dormant, is now back up and running in anticipation of the official announcement, which the source says will be made in the next few weeks.

The site currently features a television graphic with a fuzzy, flickering photos of NKOTB in their heyday, and a link inviting fans to sign up for info.

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Journey finds a new lead singer… On YouTube!

Here’s one for the books. Popular American rock band Journey, who popularized the radio hits “Open Arms” and “Faithfully”, has a new lead singer and he’s proudly Filipino.

Arnel Pineda, lead singer of local band The Zoo, was chosen by Journey guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Deen Castronovo to replace Journey vocalist Jeff Scott Soto who left the band last June.

In a statement, Pineda said joining the legendary rock band after years of covering their radio hits is a dream come true. “It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore Journey fans,” he said.

He also said he is not out to emulate Journey’s most famous lead singer Steve Perry. “I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen. I know there’s only one Steve Perry in this world,” Pineda said.

Pineda’s success is no accident. He joined his first band at age 15 and has been singing professionally for the past 25 years. His phenomenal voice also won him the Best Vocalist award at the World Band Explosion in 1987 — a feat that he repeated the following year.

Pineda has been a veteran of several bands and is a regular in clubs in Makati, Olongapo and Quezon City. His latest band, The Zoo, released its first album “Zoology” under MCA Universal Records last September.

It is Pineda’s stint in The Zoo that got him noticed by Journey axeman Schon.

Schon said he was looking for a replacement singer on popular video-sharing site when he discovered videos of Pineda and The Zoo covering Journey songs.

“I was frustrated about not having a singer. So I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted,” Schon revealed.

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Never gonna give it up: 80s stars cash in on thirtysomething pop nostalgia boom,,2234016,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=media

 Featuring a rolling cast list of 40 stars, including ABC, Kim Wilde, T’Pau and Belinda Carlisle, the show regularly sells out venues seating up to 20,000 people. It often sells thousands of tickets even before the lineup is revealed.

The 2008 lineup includes Rick Astley, the studio teaboy turned Stock, Aitken and Waterman prodigy who notched up seven top 10 hits in the mid-1980s. Others include Curiosity Killed the Cat, Bananarama, Paul Young and ABC.

They may not look or sound like obvious standard-bearers for a musical revolution: gaggles of thirty and fortysomethings bopping to songs that whip them back to the awkwardness of the school disco.

But Here & Now, a package tour of artists big in the 1980s, has become a music industry phenomenon and is now selling tickets for its seventh UK tour in May and expanding internationally. It has already taken the delights of big hair and big choruses to Japan, Germany and elsewhere.

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 From Mediatakeout:

January 15, 2008. First there was Flavor Of Love, then I Love New York, now there’s plans for a new reality, more shocking, reality show. has exclusively learned that 1980s child star Webster is in talks to work on a new “love” reality show.A California based production company is shopping the show to a number of networks. The show, which is tentatively being called Webster’s Beauties, would have a houseful of lovely ladies competing for actor Emmanuel Lewis’ heart.

A network insider tells, “It’s not right for us, but it sounded like an interesting idea … Don’t be surprised if you see it on VH1 in a few months.”

Now that would be a GREAT show….

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Spandau Ballet reforms for Vegas Show

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Eighties pop legends SPANDAU BALLET are set to reform after the band was offered a lucrative performance deal in Las Vegas.

The band, which split up in 1989, has been offered $4 million (GBP2 million) by British property developer World Capital Partners to appear at the opening of a new luxury development in the city. And a long-running feud between frontman Tony Hadley and bandmates Gary and Martin Kemp has reportedly been ended to accommodate the reunion.

A source tells British newspaper The Independent, “It has always been quite complicated because the band has a different manager to (Hadley’s bandmates) the Kemp brothers, because they fell out with them a while back.

“But since this offer was tabled, both managers have met and it looks very promising.”

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