UB40 World Tour Set For 2019

UB40 is a pop/reggae band from the 80s that had quite the distinct sound and now, the entire world will be able to hear that sound once again. The band has announced a new worldwide tour for 2019, so UB40 fans, you’ll want to pay attention to this.

UB40, an English reggae band have hit over 100 million records sold and have had dozens of chart-topping singles including Red Red Wine and “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You.” The band has had over 50 singles on the UK single chart and has been nominated for the Grammy Award for the Best Reggae Album.

Now, with the 40th Anniversary Tour, there is going to be a lot to celebrate. To mark the milestone, in addition to going on tour, the group will be releasing a new album, “For The Many”, their 19th studio album.

The band will also be releasing two companion versions of “For The Many,” as Brian Travers explains, “We have really enjoyed making this album, a huge amount of work went into it. It became a massive piece of work so, in addition to the regular version of the album, there will be a dub version and a collaboration version, featuring guest artists from all around the world.”

“‘For The Many’ is a great mix of reggae styles, while the different artists we have collaborated with will appeal to more fans and tastes in reggae – it really is an album for the many,” said co-vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell.

“The 2019 tour is a continuation of our 40th year celebrations, as well as sharing tracks from our latest album. Twenty-three dates around the US instead of a few arenas means that our fans from all over the USA can get to see us much more locally and up close – truly a tour for the many.”

In UB40 prime time, many of their songs hit #1 on the Billboard charts including Red Red Wine,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love (From “Sliver”),” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “Here I Am (Come And Take Me)” and “I Got You Babe.”

UB40’s 40th Anniversary Tour will also kick off in early 2019, with shows across the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Australia. UB40 consists of Five of the Six founding members Robin CampbellBrian TraversJimmy BrownEarl Falconer and Norman Hassan in addition long-time members Duncan Campbell (vocals), Martin Meredith (saxophone), Laurence Parry (trumpet) and Tony Mullings (keyboards).

UB40 Tour Dates

Date

City

Location

Friday, August 2, 2019

Detroit, MI

Chene Park

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Cincinnati, OH

Riverfront Live

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Huntington, NY

The Paramount

Friday, August 9, 2019

Boston, MA

The Wilbur

Saturday, August 10, 2019

West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth University – Pollak Theater

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Washington, DC

Maryland Hall

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Atlanta, GA

Buckhead Theatre

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bonita Springs, FL

Ibis Theater @ SWFEC

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lake Buena Vista, FL

House of Blues

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New Orleans, LA

House of Blues

Friday, August 23, 2019

Kamas, UT

Dejoria Center

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tempe, AZ

The Marquee

Friday, August 30, 2019

Winterhaven, CA

Paradise Casino

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Indio, CA

Spotlight 29 Casino

Friday, September 6, 2019

Suquarmichs, WA

Suqyamish Clearwater Casino Resort

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Whitecourt, MB

To be announced soon

Monday, September 9, 2019

Edmonton, AB

To be announced soon

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Calgary, AB

To be announced soon

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Regina, SK

To be announced soon

Friday, September 13, 2019

Winnipeg, MB

Burton Cummings Theatre

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Minneapolis, MN

The Cabooze

Friday, September 20, 2019

Waukegan, IL

Genesee Theatre

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Montreal, Quebec Canada

The Olympia

Hairball Is An 80s Tribute Band To Watch

When it comes to 80s hair bands, KISS certainly stands out among the crowd. Though, there are a number of bands that would come to mind as well. Now, a new tribute band by the name of Hairball is looking to celebrate all of them and doing so in quite the fashion.

Hairball Is An 80s Tribute Band To Watch

“When Bobby Jensen hurdled a barricade and bum-rushed a KISS performance in 1984, his life changed,” according to the TheGazette.

“The then 14-year-old metalhead hopped up onstage and sprinted to KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley, who handed him a pick and embraced the star-struck teenager.”

According to the report, Jensen would spend some time in a few original bands before he joined Hairball in 2002. The band definitely has the look of an 80s hair band and from the report, it sounds like they have got the sound to match it.

“When Jensen belts out Alice Cooper songs, the guillotine is behind him and it’s in chopping mode,” according to the report.

“When KISS songs are rendered, Jensen breathes fire just like his childhood hero Gene Simmons, according to Jensen. Simmons and fellow metal legends, such as Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Rob Zombie and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, have shared the stage with Hairball at benefit shows over recent years.”

If you want to hear more about Hairball’s members and what the bands’ performances consist of, click here.

80s Musical Rock of Ages Heads To Akron

Rock of Ages is a wild 80s musical that celebrates some of the most intense aspects of 80s metal from a decade we absolutely adore. The musical is now making its way to Akron and should be bringing all of the intensity you’d expect from an 80s hair-metal show.

80s Musical Rock of Ages Heads To Akron

“It’s not often that a rock musical’s five-piece band gets in on the action on stage. But in this show — set on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood — band members dress in metalhead costumes and play an integral part in the story as backup musicians for narcissistic lead singer character Stacee Jaxx,” according to Ohio.com.

“In this jukebox musical, the band and cast rock out to 28 classic ’80s tunes by Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison and more, with iconic songs ranging from Poison’s ‘Nothin’ But a Good Time’ to Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’. ‘”

Though, the report claims that the musical is a “mockery of 80s excess” we like to think of it as a trip down memory lane with some pretty awesome music. The 80s was a pretty excessive decade, though, some may argue that is what made it such a special decade.

After all, there are so many modern-day pop culture additions that utilize 80s nostalgia to give it that extra bit of flavor. Either way, the show looks to be pretty fun for those who decide to attend. Let us know if you’ll be heading out to catch Rock of Ages, as it makes a stop in Akron.

The 80s Cruise Makes Its Return In 2019!

The 80s Cruise will sail again in 2019 with all of the original members of the iconic 80’s synth-pop/rock band BerlinTerri Nunn, John Crawford, David Diamond and Ric Olsen will appear onstage together again performing a full concert for the first time since 1985.

Along with keyboardist Dave Schulz, guitarist Carlton Bost and drummer Chris Olivas, the reunited Berlin will mark their 40th anniversary with two concerts on board the cruise, performing Berlin classics such as “Metro,” “No More Words,” “Take My Breath Away” and “Masquerade,” as well as songs from Berlin’s upcoming new studio album, TranscenDANCE, scheduled for release in early 2019.

“The 80s Cruise is such a blast,” says Terri Nunn.

“It’s a non-stop party and it’s going to be even bigger, louder and more radical than ever when our entire band – past and present – takes the stage next year.”

The 80s Cruise, a radical weeklong party through the Caribbean, will be helmed by larger-than-life rock star Dee Snider, who will be joined by special in-port guest Kenny Loggins when the ship docks in Cozumel.

The cruise also features Sheila E., Starship, OMD, Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, The Fixx, English Beat, Grandmaster Flash, Cutting Crew, Club Nouveau, Jessie’s Girl, Trial By Fire, Alonzo Bodden, Original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter, Tiffany and star of Back To The Future Claudia Wells when it sails from March 2-9, 2019, from Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize and Key West aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity.

Folks who attend the voyage will be introduced to themed events such as: “Enchantment Under The Sea” prom night, Back To The 80s Night, the fan favorite Neon Beach Party and an all-new “Nightmare on The 80s Cruise” celebrating iconic 80s horror movie characters Freddy, Jason, Chucky, Gremlins, and more set to music from “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters.”

The cruise takes place aboard the modern Celebrity Infinity. For more information, check out www.the80scruise.com and let us know if you’re looking forward to this upcoming celebration of the 80s!

Check Out The 80s Cruise Stuck In The ’80s Recap Video From 2018 Below!

80s Halloween Costumes Take Over TODAY And GMA

The 80s is the perfect decade if you’re looking for inspiration for an amazing Halloween costume. For Halloween, The Today Show and Good Morning America revealed their costumes which leaned heavily on the 80s. Check out these 80s Halloween costumes.

“Over at ABC, the GMA gang gave viewers a tour of the ’80s biggest television stars, with Robin Roberts as Diahann Carroll’s Dominique Deveraux from Dynasty, Amy Robach as Katey Sagal’s Peg Bundy from Married… with Children, Lara Spencer as The Love Boat‘s Captain Merril Stubing — originally portrayed by Gavin MacLeod, Ginger Zee as a sewer-dwelling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, George Stephanopoulos as the buttoned-up Alex P. Keaton — aka Michael J. Fox — from Family Ties, and Michael Strahan as none other than Mr. T — complete with a mohawk and gold chains,” according to People.

However, the costume we were most impressed with came from Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer, who not only made their way to the show in a DeLorean, but also dressed up as Doc and Marty McFly. These are two 80s heroes we expect to see every Halloween and are bound to be popular go-to costumes for any 80s fan.

When we think of all of the holidays that really allow us to celebrate the 80s, Halloween and Christmas are definitely up there. To check out more photos from Today and GMA’s 80s flashback, click here.

80s Halloween Costumes Take Over TODAY And GMA

Is An 80s Pop Resurgence Springing From Houston?

Of all of the cities in the U.S. to adopt 80s pop and foster a return, Houston may be the last one on your mind. However, it looks like the 80s pop scene is flourishing in Houston. According to a recent report, Houston has adopted the 80s pop sound with its synth-heavy tunes that bring that nostalgic feeling right back to you.

Is An 80s Pop Resurgence Springing From Houston?

“But why are the sounds of the ’80s reappearing in Houston? Many of these artists’ parents likely provided them with an ’80s centric music education, instilling a love for the decade at an early age,” according to HoustonPress.

“Perhaps these musicians’ more immediate influences from the ’90s and beyond took direction from the era, and now their artistic lineage manifests in this talent pool. The most plausible reason, however, is that these local acts are in the same room at the same time.”

Of course, we like to think that the resurgence comes from the fact that every aspect of 80s pop culture is being revisited in all of today’s larger releases. Style, music, film and all of the categories in-between are moving back to those similar to the decade we love and celebrate on this very site. Though, if you are looking for a new setting to enjoy 80s inspired music, Houston may be the spot.

“Houston’s new ’80s crew frequently convenes in the deep heart of the East End at Satellite Bar, performing original sets and supporting their contemporaries,” according to the report.

“A rising star in its own right, the venue thrives as a centralized hub for the intricately woven network of artists and fans that constitute today’s scene.”

To learn more about the 80s pop resurgence in Houston and more, click here.

80s Hit Beetlejuice Turns 30!

Beetlejuice was an undeniable hit from the 80s and the film is actually hitting a pretty serious milestone this year. That’s right, the film is turning 30, not that this means you’re getting old or anything.

“This week, we make good on this historic wrong and discuss 1988’s Beetlejuice, which turned 30 years old this  year,” according to Tampa Bay Times, which also has a dedicated 80s podcast.

“Well, maybe Beetlejuice himself is more like 630 years old – we haven’t done the math. In the show, which is jam-packed with fun clips from the movie, we share some interesting trivia on the movie as well as discuss the upcoming Broadway musical.”

Beetlejuice was released in 1988 and the film was directed by none-other-than the man himself, Tim Burton. It starred a young Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis.

When it comes to spooky, yet cooky films, Burton was definitely the man to get the job done. As we know, he also tapped Ryder for a few roles in films such as Edward Scissorhands.

It’s no surprise that this film has been adapted into a musical, after all, the soundtrack was pretty spectacular. Who could forget the hilarious and funky performance of “Jump In The Line?”

If you want to celebrate 30 years of a truly awesome film, check out the Tampa Bay Times podcast by clicking here.

Beetlejuice – Jump In The Line Performance

An 80s Concert We Didn’t See Coming

If David Hasselhoff is part of an 80s concert filled with artists who came well after the decade, you know it’s going to be one to remember. In a new report, the Strange 80s 2 concert was filled with unexpected numbers from unexpected acts. Though, it does sound like one we would enjoy.

An 80s Concert We Didn’t See Coming

Oddly but awesomely enough, the event was to help raise money for Campaign to Change Direction. The campaign was started by Talinda Bennington, wife of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington who, took his life after a long battle with depression.

“The message was certainly delivered but so was a night of entertainment, highlighted by The ‘Hoff’ himself clad in a black jacket and sunglasses after arriving in his ‘Knight Rider’ car K.I.T.T. He took the stage well after 11 p.m., asking, ‘Are you guys ready to party?’ according to Variety.

“Hoff then performed ‘True Survivor,’ from his 2015 film ‘Kung Fury,’ with a backing group that included Noodles from Offspring.”

There were also acts like ‘Chris Kirkpatrick of ‘NSYNC doing the Outfield’s ‘Your Love’ and Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me.'”

To read more about the awesome event for an amazing cause and all of the acts associated with it, click here.

NKOTB Announce 80s ‘Mixtape Tour’

New Kids On The Block, the multiplatinum selling pop super-group, unveiled an epic lineup for their highly anticipated 2019 tour. NKOTB took to the Today Show plaza to reveal The MixTape Tour with very special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature. 

The five iconic pop and hip-hop acts will hit the road together for the first time ever on a 53-city tour across North America next summer. We never thought we would see this many 80s hitmakers on one tour but this looks pretty promising.

NKOTB Announce 80s ‘Mixtape Tour

To celebrate the event, NKOTB surprised fans by dropping an epic, throwback track, “80s Baby” featuring their new touring partners, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. The track takes listeners on a nostalgic yet refreshingly modern and fun ride through 80s song references – just a small glimpse into the party that will be The MixTape Tour. Stream the song HERE.

With over 100 million combined records sold worldwide, NKOTB, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson will fill arenas with hit after hit when they take to the stage next summer.

Always upping the ante, NKOTB have packaged the ultimate lineup for a once in a lifetime live show experience.  The group will return to the stage after 2018’s touring hiatus to perform fan favorite number one hits like “Hangin’ Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and “Step By Step.”

When tour mates Salt-N-Pepa, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and Naughty by Nature hit the stage, they bring with them top chart hits and legendary catalogues.  The tour will feature a night full of smashes spanning across generations.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, October 12 at Ticketmaster.com. Will you be attending the tour? Let us know in the comments section below.

Tour Dates can be found here.

Netflix She-Ra Show is Coming Soon

What would this generation do without Netflix? Well, 80s fans should also be thankful as the company intends on bringing She-Ra, a popular 80s character back. She-Ra and The Princesses of Power is an animated series set to release pretty soon via Netflix.

A trailer for the series was released and though it is an animated series, it looks pretty intense. She-Ra is He-Man’s twin sister and both characters were incredibly popular during the 80s.

“The colourful clip traces orphan Adora’s origins, her chance encounter with the magical sword that transforms her into her ‘eight-foot tall’ super alter-ego, and the banding together of the titular princesses,” according to EnGadget.

“Friendships are formed, wisecracks are served, and the empirical Evil Horde of Planet Etheria is handed an almighty a**-whooping.”

The show is being brought to us under the DreamWorksTV company and is set for a streaming date of November 16.

“Adora’s destiny turns out to be far greater than she could have ever imagined,” according to DreamWorksTV’s description.

“As the legendary warrior princess, She-Ra, it’s up to her and a spirited group of rebel princesses to restore balance in Etheria by defending it from the place she once called home.”

It will be very interesting to see just how nostalgic the show can be, despite being created for a new group of young fans. Are you excited for a new She-Ra Netflix series? Let us know in the comments section below.

She-Ra and The Princesses of Power Trailer

 

Boston’s Greatest Hits: Rock Of Ages 80s Photo Contest

Here’s a fun little contest that from the folks over at WROR 105.7, Boston’s Greatest Hits. Submitting an awesome 80s photo seems like a piece of cake for our 80s readers.

Boston’s Greatest Hits: Rock Of Ages 80s Photo Contest

“Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood,” according to WROR.

“Know What Love Is, Feel the Noise, and Take Your Best Shot at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.”

The musical will be playing from October 23-28 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. According to the report, there will be some pretty amazing song choices featured in the play from some spectacular artists of the time.

“Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon,” according to the report.

So where does the concert fit in? Well, the radio station is asking that you submit your best 80s photo. If you happen to win, you’ll have a six-pack of tickets to the show. Seems pretty simple and fun to us.

For more on the musical and the photo contest, click here.

Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley Has New Music Coming

Remember that dangerously amazing song called “True” by Spandau Ballet? Well, Tony Hadley, a former member of the band, has new music on the way. We’re wondering if there will be a new classic on the way with his new offerings.

Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley Has New Music Coming

“Coventry gig-goers will be some of the first to hear Tony Hadley’s new pop-rock tracks when the concert comes to the Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Indoor Arena,” according to CoventryTelegraph.

“The former Spandau Ballet lead singer has recently released a new solo album called Talking To The Moon, and is preparing to treat fans to some of his new songs in between belting out 80s classics such as ‘Gold,’ ‘True’ and ‘Through the Barricades.’

No amount of time can make us forget “True” it was one of the best songs of the 80s and still gets so much radio play on oldies stations. It had an undeniable 80s sound and its tenderness is perfect for that special moment between you and your lover.

“The question I’m always asked since I went solo is can I still sing the classic songs? Yes I can, and yes I do, but I will be throwing in a couple of songs from the new album as well,” said Hadley, according to the report.

To learn more about the upcoming music, click here.

Spandau Ballet – True

‘Cruise’ Film Takes Inspiration From The 80s

Tomorrow marks the release of Cruise, a film set in the 80s and is so bold you’ll wonder how they got away with it. This film looks to be pretty heavy but features an easy base of a love story.

From the trailer we can tell that there will be plenty of action, a lot of adult situations, some adrenaline-filled race scenes and what seems to be a very unlikely love story. The film features two main characters, Gio Fortunato played by Spencer Boldman and Jessica Weinberg played by Emily Ratajkowski.

Jessica looks to be the typical good girl raised in an upper-class family while Gio looks to be a bit rough around the edges. The trailer for the film features heavy 80s-synth music, though, the teaser does not give too much away.

“Mr. Boldman (a tad too eager to grin) and Ms. Ratajkowski (supplying a little of the much-needed nuance) keep things agreeable as the script nods toward a mess of movies from the ‘80s and earlier,” according to TheNYTimes.

“It’s true — you’ve seen many films like this before. Yet every so often, ‘Cruise’ helps you remember when and why you first watched them.”

With an endorsement like that, it’s hard to be an 80s lover and not want to give this film a shot. If you’re looking for a film to invoke a little 80s nostalgia, try checking out out Cruise this weekend when it hits theaters. You can check out the trailer below.

Cruise Trailer

Are The Shining Twins The Creepiest Kids Of The 80s?

The Shining twins absolutely send chills down our spine every time we see or think about them. We have to wonder, are these the creepiest kids from the 80s when it comes to horror films?

Are The Shining Twins The Creepiest Kids Of The 80s?

Of course, when it comes to creepy kids, we’re not quite sure of the kids of the 80s could top some of the intensely terrifying kids in horror movies of today. However, the Grady twins certainly have their own creepy factor. The outfits were dated and we all know that ghosts from the past just hold and extra amount of scary factor with them.

“‘Come play with us Danny…forever.’ How many of as kids would have sat there and soiled ourselves upon seeing this? The sisters as they appear in the first moment aren’t that bad,” according to TVOvermind.

“They’re a little creepy and kind of odd, but upon seeing them chopped to bloody bits only a moment later it’s no wonder that Danny would be hiding his eyes and looking away.”

Creepy may be a slight understatement when we really think about it. Though for some reason, films that feature children in roles such as the one from The Shining seem to have a super high chilling factor. Did the Grady twins scare the crap out of you in the 80s? Or do you know of a creepier set of kids from the 80s? Let us know int he comments section below.

David Bowie 80s Career Revisited

In recent publication from UNCUT, the David Bowie 80s career has been revisited. The story featured some in-depth information on what Bowie’s biggest hits were, but also focused on some hits that were gravely overlooked when most people speak about Bowie.

David Bowie 80s Career Revisited

Signing for a reported $17 million, the piece looks at how Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ – co-produced by Chic’s Nile Rogers and recorded in just 17 days – was EMI’s fastest-selling album since The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’, bringing Bowie even more popularity,” according to NME.

“Rogers also spoke to Uncut for the feature. ‘Diehard Bowie fans act like those records of the ’70’s – Ziggy Stardust, Pin Ups and the others – were these massive records, but they weren’t,’ he said,” according to the report.

While NME has a breakdown of the feature, the full version is available by finding the UNCUT magazine on the local stands. According to the report, there is even more commentary from former bandmates like Carlos Alomar who shared stories from their time working together.

It has been over two years since Bowie passed away but his impact is long-lasting. He is continuing to inspire folks throughout the industry and it is evident that there is still much more to learn about him, from these recent publications.

To learn more about the UNCUT piece, click here.