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Journey headlines final night of parties at RNC in Tampa

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Journey is the paid entertainment (probably very highly paid) for the final night/early morning of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Stuck in the '80s co-host Sean Daly covered the concert and sent in photos.

"Journey opens (at 12:27 a.m.) with guitarist Neal Schon wailing Star Spangled Banner then Any Way You Want It," Sean reports via Twitter. "Arnel's fun. Can holler. Good, sweaty fun."

The set list was full of hits: Only the Young, Stone in Love, and yes, at 1:31 a.m., Don't Stop Believin'.

Among the celebs that Sean spotted: Angus T. Jones, Evan Handler, Tim Daly (no relation) and Carol Kane. They're all with Creative Coalition, which is sponsoring the party.

Here's Sean's full review. Look below for more photos.

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RoboCop remake's villain will be ... Michael Keaton?!?

blit0867.jpgMichael Keaton can pretty much do no wrong in my book. From 1982's Night Shift's "idea guy" to 2010's The Other Guys, there's really not a movie that isn't better without Keaton's participation. And really, are there many other actors you could say that about? So I'm not exactly bummed to hear that Keaton is poised to play the villain in the upcoming remake of RoboCop.

Cinemablend.com breaks the news (after reading a tweet from Variety) that Keaton will replace Hugh Laurie in director Jose Padilha's film. Other cast members include Joel Kinnaman (as the new RoboCop), Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle and Michael K. Williams.

Of course, it won't be Keaton's first turn as a villain. Though we probably think of him primarily as the hero in flicks like Mr. Mom, Gung Ho and The Paper, Keaton played the bad guy a few times over the years. Here are are three favorites.

BEETLEJUICE (1988): Oh, it's hard to call him a real villain here, but essentially he was both the bad guy and funny guy. "Nobody say the B word!"

PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990): His first turn at evil, playing a nightmare tenant to Matthew Modine and Melanie Griffith. …

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Howard Jones to play Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Nov. 1

full.jpgHoward Jones and his music are full of great advice. Don't try to live your life in one day. Things can only get better. Ummm, Like to get to know you well? In any case, if you were to live your life in one day, make it Nov. 1 when HoJo returns to Tampa to play Clearwater's historic Capitol Theatre, the perfect intimate venue for the electronic tune maestro.

Though Jones has been touring a lot on his Human's Lib/Dream into Action tour (where he plays both albums in their entirety), his Clearwater stop is billed as a "greatest hits" show, which is fine by me. I caught the same type of show a few years ago in Largo and it was amazing. Jones loves to stop between songs and tell the stories behind him, creating a "behind the music" feel to the night.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 8, at noon at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office. I've heard it's a general admission show, which is a nice change of pace. (By the way, Jones is also playing Epcot in Disney World on Nov. 3 and 4, but trust me: If you can pick, take the Clearwater show.) Here's a full list of tour dates.

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Eddie Van Halen undergoes emergency surgery

Eddie Van Halen/Tampa Bay Times photoUnexpected news today from the official Van Halen website: "Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of Diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within 4 – 6 months. Van Halen's scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."

Diverticulitis, for those unfamiliar with it, is when the pouches of the inner lining of the intestine become inflamed or infected. It's not a rare condition. Usually it begins with severe abdominal pain, vomiting and sharp pains. It used to be commonly believed that eating seeds or nuts could aggravate the condition. Surgery is usually a last resort.

No further details were released.

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Ultimate list of meanest girls in high school movies? Not even close in the '80s

heathers.gifIt must be list season on the Internet. Yesterday it was the 20 worst bands of all time. Today it's the 25 meanest high school girls in the movies, according to a new list by Den of Geek.

Of course, some of those girls we loved to hate in the '80s made the list. And by some, I mean only two. TWO GIRLS?!? I can name more mean girls than that in just one John Hughes movie. And granted, the meanest of the mean girl movies didn't come along until the '90s, so says Den of Geek, but they gave plenty of love to Carrie and Grease, so frankly I don't get it.

Here are the meanest girls in '80s movies, AS LISTED by Den of Geek. I've included a Den of Geek quote with each, along with their ranking in the list of 25 and my reaction.

MEANEST HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS IN THE MOVIES -- '80s version:

16. HEATHER CHANDLER (Heathers): " The film made Winona Ryder a star, but it was the manipulative and troubled leader of the group, portrayed by Kim Walker, who created the definitive mean girl of the genre."
My take: Oh, Heather is evil to the bone. In fact, too evil to be this low on their list. …

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Molly Ringwald's new book gets 'totally awesome' review from '80s fan

picture-8.jpgDon't you love how Molly Ringwald is back in the spotlight, enjoying the adoration of '80s fans? She's out there front and center these days with a new book, which is getting good reviews, at least from fans of our beloved decade. (Even her Pretty in Pink co-star Andrew McCarthy tweeted the other day that he had picked up a copy of his own.)

Gayle Weiswasser, a longtime friend here at Stuck in the '80s, just penned her own review of Molly's book, When It Happens to You. Here are some excerpts: 

I gave Ringwald’s book When it Happens to You a try on vacation this week, and I was blown away. It’s excellent. It’s a collection of interrelated stories – “a novel in stories”, says the cover – that deal with marriage, betrayal, motherhood, infertility, and modern life in L.A. Damn if Ringwald isn’t an extremely talented writer.

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List of 20 worst bands of all time includes some '80s legends

rush-007.jpgCompiling a list of the 20 worst bands of all time is pretty much a no-win scenario. People are going to laugh, cry and threaten to kill you when you pick their favorite band. So kudos to LA Weekly for even attempting it.

I'm not sure how I missed their list for so long, but here it is, in all its glory. And of course, there are several '80s bands on there. Here they are, along with their rank in the list and some commentary from LA Weekly to justify their inclusion (along with my own observations):

17. PHISH: "Phish is supposed to be the next generation's Grateful Dead, right? But with the Dead, one at least enjoyed a fighting chance of enjoying them sober."
My take: Jam bands are always going to end up on lists like this. Goes with the territory.

14. FOREIGNER: "Where Journey was a hit factory, Foreigner are the sweatshop equivalent, churning out shoddy products full of lead paint."
My take: Well, god knows I never need to hear half the hits from their 4 album anymore. But they are still an incredible band live, even though they're down to one original member. Frankly, I'm shocked that Journey didn't make their list -- even though I'd fight like hell against that pick too. …

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Here are the '80s tunes that Martha Quinn dances to!

martha-quinn.jpgWhen Martha Quinn makes a playlist, the '80s Nation pays attention. So it's with total glee in our hearts that our favorite VJ posted a list of 30 songs from her Spotify dance list today.

There are a ton of the MTV standards there, and a couple less played tunes, including I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz and Ballroom Blitz -- the Krokus version. All said, I probably have 95 percent of these on my aging iPod. Any surprises there for you, gang?

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If 'The Avengers' had been made in the '80s ...

253165_10150998974267413_374144792_n.jpgSo what if The Avengers had been made in the '80s, using only '80s movie characters? Well, for starters, I imagine it'd be a bust at the box office. But that's beside the point.

AMC Theatres posted this cool piece of artwork on their Facebook page over the weekend. Nice to see that the theater chain that I frequented more than any other in that decade still knows how to tug the ole heartstrings.

I know this isn't the toughest challenge, but how many '80s characters can you identify?

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Duran Duran tour sidetracked by Nick Rhodes' illness

rhodes.jpgForget Girl Panic. Duran Duran fans and bandmembers are experiencing Nick Panic. Everyone's favorite keyboard player, Nick Rhodes, has been told by doctors that he should not perform, causing Duran Duran to cancel Saturday's show in Atlantic City and Sunday's show in Pittsburgh.

"He's just not doing well. He is sincerely disappointed but just not up to it," bassist John Taylor just announced on Facebook.

The band's official website says Rhodes "has been experiencing an array of symptoms that doctors now believe could be the result of a viral infection."

"I was hoping that after missing last night’s show, I would be feeling up to traveling and performing today, but having seen the doctor again first thing this morning, I have been told that I need to continue to rest, pending further tests tomorrow," Rhodes said on the website. "I feel completely helpless over the situation and all I can do is apologize to our fans – who I hope know that we would never let them down unless it was totally unavoidable. This is the final leg of our world tour – and I can’t tell you how disappointed I am with this outcome." …

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Here's the only 'Isaac' that '80s fans get excited about

loveb19.jpgYour bartender, Isaac Washington. Ah, Love Boat. You never disappointed me. There for me each Saturday night on ABC from 1977 to 1986. You made me believe there wasn't a problem in the world that couldn't be solved with a boat drink and 60 minutes, including commercials.

Everyone here in Florida is bellyaching about Tropical Storm Isaac, soon to be Hurricane Isaac, a category 1 storm ... or as we like to call those here in the Sunshine State, your regular Tuesday in August. But I'd rather wax poetically about the crew of the Pacific Princess.

lange.jpgTed Lange played Isaac for the full run of the TV series, but he also served as the director and screenwriter for several episodes (and directed a few episodes of The Love Boat: The Next Wave, a sequel/reboot of the series that lasted 2 seasons on UPN and featured Robert Ulrich as the captain of the Sun Princess, which -- like the Pacific Princess -- were both actual ships in the Princess Cruise Line.)

Actually, the Pacific Princess is gone for good these days. Earlier this year, the 40-year-old ship was sold and destined for the scrap yard. Hopefully Isaac had a chance to save his bottles of coconut rum before it was too late. …

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Pacific Tech rules: Score this 'Real Genius' T-shirt

f155_pacific_tech.jpgSeriously, does anyone get tired of honoring 1985's Real Genius? It's one of the few '80s movies that works almost perfectly with a cast that was, then and now, almost entirely unknown.

Sure, there's Val Kilmer, whom people only really knew from 1984's Top Secret. And there's the beautiful Deborah Foreman, whom we all fell in love with in 1983 during Valley Girl, but she only's onscreen for about 2 minutes. William Atherton as Prof. Jerry Hathaway? We knew his face, but probably not his name, from movies like Ghostbusters and later in Die Hard./p>

The rest: Trivia questions. And yet, the movie is adorable. And so is this T-shirt from thinkgeek.com, honoring Pacific Tech University, the setting of Real Genius. Trouble is, it's only on sale for this weekend and this weekend is almost over.

So click here to find out how to buy it. It's moral imperative.

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Jello Biafra talks about Dead Kennedys reunion

deadkennedys3.jpgJello Biafra and John Lydon are probably the two toughest interviews out there. As the frontman for two of the biggest punk bands EVER, they have to be on the bucket list for a music journalist. And as an interviewer and a fan, you think you have a million questions for them, but you really don't. You can't. Because the fear gets you. Fear that Lydon will just look at you like you're the biggest jackass in the world for asking some trivial question about Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols. Fear that Jello will just curse you and get up and leave when you say the wrong thing about Ronald Reagan and the Dead Kennedys.

So suffice to say, I'm always in awe when someone out there tries to tackle either of these legends. Today, it's an interview with Biafra by Punknews.org. There's a ton of political content that will interest some fans, but I really enjoyed the talk about a possible Dead Kennedys reunion. Here's what Biafra said:

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Who started the '80s: Darth Vader or Bruce the shark?

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I saw this photo illustration of Darth Vader on the Almost Nerdy Facebook page today and thought: "Hell, I'm posting that on the blog; my work today is done." But guilt has gotten the better of me and I'm forced to ask a question that continues to bug me: Assuming you subscribe to the official Stuck in the '80s theory that the 1980s pop culture generation didn't really begin on Jan. 1, 1980, and rather began in the mid-'70s, with the coming of punk rock, blockbuster movies and the seedling of artster bands like the Cars and Talking Heads, then maybe Darth Vader and Star Wars actually gave birth to the '80s in 1977. (That's also the same year as the debut albums by The Clash and Talking Heads and Never Mind the Bullocks by the Sex Pistols.)

jaws0002.jpgOr, perhaps credit is due to Jaws in 1975, featuring a troublesome mechanical shark known far-from-lovingly as "Bruce." Hollywood and America had never seen a blockbuster until that movie sent millions of people screaming away from the beaches.

Or, be a pepper and say the '80s didn't begin until MTV began broadcasting. That's certainly an argument there as well. Without music videos, the '80s as we know them never happened.  …

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Dee Snider's not gonna take it; rips Paul Ryan for using Twister Sister's anthem

dee_snider_twisted_sister.jpegTwister Sister's Dee Snider is banging his head because GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan is using his hair-metal band's band We're Not Gonna Take It on the campaign trail.

"I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my band Twisted Sister's song, 'We're Not Gonna Take It,' in any capacity," Snider tells Talking Point Memo. "There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the P90X."

Whoa. What's more surprising: News that another GOPer has borrowed -- presumably without permission -- a song from a band that clearly doesn't support a Republican platform? Or that Snider actually approves of that crazy exercise program P90X?

Every campaign season, it's the same thing over and over again. Somebody uses a song without permission -- and not to paint with too broad of a stroke, but it's usually a GOP candidate and a song like Tom Petty's American Girl (by Michele Bachmann) or Springsteen's Born in the USA (just just about everyone) -- and a musician freaks out.

According to Talking Points Memo, a Mitt Romney spokesman says the campaign "is reviewing Snider's request."

The only thing that makes the entire merry-go-round amusing are the song choices and the quotes.

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