Classic 80s Metal Bands sign up for Monsters of Rock Cruise

Wow, what a great lineup they have on tap for 80s Metal Fans on this cruise!   If you are a fan of the old Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, this is a must.

Created for fans of 80s Hard Rock music, the Monsters of Rock Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas from February 25-28, 2012, showcasing legendary bands including Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Stryper, Y & T, UFO and more. This high seas festival plays like a fantasy camp for hard rock enthusiasts with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun…the party never ends!

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The 80s Makes a Comeback

I can’t even describe how powerful of an influence the 80s has had on me – and surprisingly still has on pop culture. Here are a few ways the 80s has snuck back (or up) into the 21st century:

Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin” has made several poignant appearances over the past handful of years, rejuvenating our spirits with its powerful and trademark 80s positive, uplifting, and energetic riffs. First, the Chicago White Sox adopted it as their anthem en route to the 2005 World Series. Then, it served as the closing soundtrack to the final moments of the HBO hit series The Sopranos. More recently, its popularity was revived again when it was featured on the hit TV show Glee.

The Smurfs, the latest box office phenomenon to hit the big screen, used to light up our small screens every Saturday morning as an animated series. We fell in love with those little blue creatures, and let’s face it, Papa Smurf probably ended up teaching us more life lessons than our own parents did.

Nothing makes a more ironic, and thus awesome, fashion statement than rocking throwback wardrobe items that speak to your love of the 80s. I’m sure you’ve noticed that 80s t-shirts are on the rise. It seems everywhere I look there’s someone sporting a Madonna or Top Gun tee.

For a kid who spent all his time next to an enormous tape deck rocking out to 80s tunes, nothing shows off my love of the 80s like this funny t-shirt.

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Guest post on The 80s Blog

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We are now allowing guest postings on our 80s Blog. If you want to drive traffic back to your own 80s site or simply love the 1980s, feel free to apply to be a contributing author on The 80s Blog.  We just ask two things:

  1. Your articles be unique to this site – no copying an existing post from your own website/blog
  2. Your articles be about the 1980s or celebrities from the 1980s

You can then add a short blurb at the end of the article describing who you are with a link back to your own 80s blog/website.

To apply, just send an email to

Thanks for helping keep the 80s Alive!

The Great80s Web Team

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80s In The News – Summer Edition

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Ok 80s Fans, time to take a look at what has been going on this summer related to our favorite decade.. The 1980s!

The Smurfs are back!  This time on the big screen.

Debbie Gibson appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about her new tour with fellow 80s teen star Tiffany:

They both then appeard on The View

Sade talked to Thomas Conner of the Chicago Sun-Times about her new album being very similar to her music from the 80s.

 MTV turned 30

Like Totally 80s  interviewed original MTV VJ Alan Hunter.

80s Metal Stars Nikki Sixx, Phil Collen, Sebastian Bach, Sammy Hagar, and Tracii Guns spoke to  about Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind” helping usher out 80s Metal.

Stuck in the 80s is looking for help compiling the best guy movies of the 80s.

Oregon Music News reviewed Whitesnake’s latest album releases

Video game maker THQ announced a new game based on the 80s cartoon Voltron

The Kickin’ It Old School blog  interviewed  David Sterry of Real Life and actor Scott Schwartz from A Christmas Story and The Toy.

Billboard did a poll asking their viewers what their choice was for the best video of the 80s  The winner of course was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

The Care Bears are coming back..

Erasure is back on tour in the UK

Old Navy is counting on 80s Nostalgia to boost sales

TNT has given the go ahead for a reboot of the 80s prime time soap “Dallas” with original stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

Space Invaders is the latest 80s video game to become a movie.

Speaking of 80’s movies, Footloose and Ghostbusters are the latest ones scheduled for a remake.

80’s rapper Tone Loc found himself in trouble with the law.

Tom Keifer says there are no plans for a new Cinderella album.

The Cabbage Patch kids get a TV Special.

Celebuzz has pictures of Julianne Hough in her 80s garb during filming of the new Rock of Ages movie.

Def Leppard released a new live album:Mirror Ball – Live & More

Well, thats all for this edition.. Thanks for helping to keep the 80s alive!

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80s in the News – May Roundup

A look at 80s related news and events that happened in the month of May, 2011:

The Vancouver Sun determined that Corey Hart was no longer “The Boy in the Box”

Duran Duran kicked off a Summer UK Arena Tour

Debbie Gibson and Tiffany joined forces for a summer tour starting with a performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Summer Concert series, Friday, July 29.

Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers rocked out to 80s Metal at DisneyWorld 

The Burton Mail nabbed an interview with Nik Kershaw

’80s Supergroup Asia reunited for a new tour

Whitesnake’s David Coverdale talked to the Washington Post about ’80s Nostalgia

The NY Post had a ’80s Music Greats: Where are they now? feature 

Rick Springfield was arrested on DUI charges and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora checked into rehab

LikeTotally80s had a totally awesome interview with John Parr

Kickin’ it Old School interviewed Nick Richards from Boys Don’t Cry, Marv Ross from Quarterflash, the beautiful Catherine Mary Stewart, and John Wetton from Asia.

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XYZ Lead Singer planning 80s rocker benefit for Japan

Terry Ilous, the lead singer of 80’s metal group XYZ, has organized a 80s rock reunion that will benefit the tsunami victims in Japan.  The show will feature members of some of the top metal/hard rock bands from the 1980s and will take place at Harper’s Bar & Grille in Reseda, CA on April 16th.  A live streaming of the event will be done by Front Row Entertainment at

So far, Ilous has gotten commitments from Chris Slade (AC DC, The Firm), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Öyster Cult), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigneer, Billy Idol), Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big), Juan Croucier (RATT), Jon Levin (Dokken), John Payne (Asia), Teddy Zigzag (Guns N’ Roses), James Lomenzo (Megadeth), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Robin McAuley (Survivor /Msg), Simon Wright (Dio/AC DC), Robert Sarzo (Hurricane) and Mitch Perry (MSG/Asia).

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Debbie Gibson Planning a Big Comeback with new Pop Album’s Nicole Dabeau recently met up with her ’80s music idol Debbie Gibson.  During the talk Debbie revealed she is planning a major “Tina Turner/Cher” style comeback.  Check out the video of the interview and let’s hope Debbie is successful with her new album!

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The Return of El DeBarge

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The Washington Post has a great article about the comeback of 80’s singer El DeBarge.  He has his first new album out in 16 years and it earned two Grammy nominations.  El DeBarge is best known for his huge hit “Who’s Johnny” which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986.  He also had a string of hits with his family in the band DeBarge, including “Rhythm of the Night” and “Who’s Holding Donna Now” in 1985.

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Also, check out one of his new songs:

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My First Columbia House Music Club Shipment in 1982

It was 1982 and I was about to make my first big foray into 80s music. I had just received a hand me down record player/stereo and my parents had finally relented and allowed me to join The Columbia House Music Club. This was the album by mail club where you receive 8 free albums just for joining up. MTV did not exist in my area of the country, so I was dependant on the radio to help me decide what albums to order. Below were the choices I made:

REO Speedwagon – Hi InfidelityREO Speedwagon Hi Ifedelity Album

Top Songs

“Don’t Let Him Go”
“Keep On Loving You”
“In Your Letter”
“Take It on the Run”

Queen – Greatest HitsQueen - Greatest Hits Album

Top Songs- All of them! But for the 80s it would be..

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“Another One Bites The Dust”

Styx – Paradise TheaterStyx Paradise Theater Album

Top Songs

“Rockin’ the Paradise”
“Too Much Time on My Hands”
“The Best of Times”

Foreigner – 4Foreigner 4 album

Top Songs

“Juke Box Hero”
“Waiting for a Girl Like You”

Journey – EscapeJourney Escape Album

Top Songs

“Don’t Stop Believin”
“Stone in Love”
“Who’s Crying Now”
“Open Arms”

J Geils Band – Freeze FrameJ Geils band Feeze Frame Album

Top Songs

“Angel in Blue”

Billy Joel – Glass HousesBilly Joel Glass Houses Album

Top Songs

“You May Be Right”
“Sometimes a Fantasy”
“Don’t Ask Me Why”
“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”

Joan Jett – I Love Rock ‘n’ RollJoan Jett - I Love Rock 'n' Roll Album

Top Songs

“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”
“Crimson and Clover”

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Tom Cruise Closing Deal to Co-Star in ‘Rock of Ages’

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Tom Cruise is in final negotiations to co-star in Rock of Ages, New Line’s adaptation of the hit stage musical about 1980s rockers.  He will be playing the role of “Jaxx”, who sings Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive in the theatre production.

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