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!
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.
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:
Your articles be unique to this site – no copying an existing post from your own website/blog
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.
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 http://frontrowent.tv/.
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).
TheInsider.com’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!
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.
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 Infidelity
“Don’t Let Him Go”
“Keep On Loving You”
“In Your Letter”
“Take It on the Run”
Queen – Greatest Hits
Top Songs- All of them! But for the 80s it would be..
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“Another One Bites The Dust”
Styx – Paradise Theater
“Rockin’ the Paradise”
“Too Much Time on My Hands”
“The Best of Times”
Foreigner – 4
“Juke Box Hero”
“Waiting for a Girl Like You”
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.