Feel-good '80s stories for 2008
Wow, where did the year go? Seems like only yesterday I was dodging drunken female Bon Jovi fans at his concert in Tampa ... or sneaking backstage in an unsuccessful quest to meet Colin Hay ... or paying $25 for a cheese omelet at 4 in the morning during the Regeneration Tour stop in Las Vegas.
With 2009 less than a week away, it's time to decide this: What were the biggest feel-good stories for 2008? What events, reunions, concerts, releases, etc., in the '80s world are deserving of reliving just one more time?
No negativity this time! Time to stop mourning the passing of '80s greats George Carlin and Harvey Korman and think of happier days. I want your suggestions -- maybe I'll even turn it into a year-end podcast.
In the meantime, food for thought:
THE VAN HALEN REUNION: Sure, Diamond Dave actually returned in 2007, but did anyone figure on it lasting until 2008? I still owe Sean Daly a cool $50 for predicting an earlier demise. [Clip]
JOURNEY'S NEW LEAD SINGER: Oh, the Steve Perry mafia are howling about this being a "feel-good" story, but Arnel Pineda is the real thing. I hope he sticks around. [Clip]
GEORGE MICHAEL'S COMEBACK: It's still very possible we'll see him pop up again in newspaper stories about public bathrooms, but George had a great 2008. His guest spots on TV's Eli Stone helped a lot, but so did his first mega-tour of the U.S. in about a zillion years. [Clip]
JOHN CUSACK: He was a bit prickly on The Actor's Studio, but at least he finally willingly talked about his '80s roles again. [Clip]
THE REMAKES: Practically every movie we loved from the '80s is set for remake soon. That's either "feel good" or "feels desperate." You decide.
Fire away with your comments. No idea is too weird to write up.