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Guest review: Fans prove So-So at Peter Gabriel show at Chicago's United Center

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When it comes to Peter Gabriel fans, no Stuck in the '80s friend stands about our beloved "Bassnote" in Chicago. (Re-listen to the podcast we did together on Gabriel a few years ago.) So when we heard that Gabriel was taking his 25th anniversary tour to honor his album So to Chi-town, there was only one person we knew who could properly review the show for us. Take it away, Bassnote.

Peter Gabriel is not usually one to dwell on the past, but his tour last year with the New Blood Orchestra was all about reinterpreting his old songs. Once again He has strayed into his past to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his multi-platinum album “So.” He even brought along some old friends; the original band members from the 1986/87 “So” tour. The tour hit a packed United Center in Chicago Thursday night. …

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See photo of Blondie, Devo mingling backstage


Blondie and Devo have wrapped up their joint U.S. tour now, but not without tweeting us this photo of the two bands posing together backstage in Chicago. Do I hear the words: Caption Contest!

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Is 'Ghostbusters 3' finally dead? Ivan Reitman hints end is near

picture-11.jpgThe day that Ghostbusters 3 is either released in theaters or killed before it's filmed, I'll have to stop writing the Stuck in the '80s blog. Because frankly, I'll have run out of things to write about. Rumors and updates about a Ghostbusters reboot/sequel have given me many happy hours of snarkiness to fill this medium. So imagine my distress at reading that director Ivan Reitman might be ready to walk away.

"Well, I’d like to go forward and make new things," Reitman told Collider, when asked about his Ghostbusters project. Of course, it's not that simple. His dismissal was followed by: "I think Ghostbusters probably should be remade, if we can get it all right."

Ivan, I love you, man, but I don't think anyone can "get it all right" at this point. Bill Murray wants nothing to do with it, and I can't imagine a film without Murray. Dan Aykroyd is the only one left carrying the banner, when he's not pitching his vodka. Time to let Slimer, go. Just ... let him go.

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The force is strong with this video: 'Everything Changes'

Good to know today's kids still study the classics.

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Back to Kokomo: Beach Boys' Mike Love fires Brian Wilson, Al Jardine

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Wouldn't it be nice if the original Beach Boys could just get along? The good vibrations are definitely gone after Mike Love, who legally owns the name Beach Boys, has fired Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks from the lineup just days before their 50th anniversary tour is set to end.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Love will continue touring this fall with a backup band that could include actor John Stamos, who climbed on board the bandwagon back in the '80s during their Kokomo days.

"I'm disappointed and can't understand why he (Love) doesn't want to tour with Al, David and me," Wilson told CNN. "We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys."

The final concert with the original lineup is set for Friday at London's Wembley Stadium.

Jardine, meanwhile, is asking fans to sign a petition to support the original lineup vs. Love's stripped-down version. It currently has more than 4,000 electronic signatures.

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Pac-Man body piercings? Game over, man!


Pac-Man Fever? No. More like Pac-Man Hepatitis B. I won't try to judge the trend of extreme body piercings -- because frankly I can't comprehend it -- but I do agree with one blogger: The size of the dots is too small! Eighties fans demand accuracy in our body mutilations!

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Guest review: Is Prince turning into the next Axl Rose?

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Prince's first show at Chicago's United Center this week is bringing in VERY mixed reviews. Among the complaints: Not enough guitar-playing by the Purple One, too many covers and the ultimate bizarro move: Prince left fans waiting AN HOUR before returning to the stage for his final two encores. Click here to read the full review from the Chicago Sun-Times. And click here to see the crazy-wild set list.

But now, we also have a guest review from a Stuck in the '80s friend. Jim Wendling, our midwestern correspondent, was there Monday and wrote this review. Take it away, Jimbo.

On Monday, Chicago was buzzing with anticipation for Prince’s three-night stand at the United Center. He hadn’t played the city since 2004’s Musicology tour, and the reviews of the “Welcome To…” shows in other cities were stellar. Expect him onstage between 7:30 and 8, fans were told, and the show would run until 11:30. The House Of Blues in Chicago would be opening its doors at 10 for an 11:59 after-show that would run until 4 in the morning. But by Tuesday morning, Chicago was once again buzzing about Prince…although for much more negative reasons.

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Beetlejuice 2? Winona Ryder isn't ready to say the 'B' word again


Tim Burton's planned sequel to Beetlejuice may have Michael Keaton on board. But co-star Winona Ryder sounds a little more lifeless about the project.

Taking questions from the press during a Frankenweenie publicity stop, Ryder was asked if she was excited about Beetlejuice 2 and might consider reprising her role as Lydia, reports.

"Her response was a heavy sigh, a roll of the eyes, and a 'Yeah, that would be...great.'"

Wow. Really, Winona? Maybe you're prefer your role back in a sequel to 2002's Mr. Deeds instead?

Burton also was asked about the project and had a rambling answer of his own: "Somebody's writing a version, but I'm sort of...not making any preconceived ideas about it, and...not over-thinking something that I haven't seen, so I'm just kind of keeping an open mind about it and seeing what comes."

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Win a pair of Star Wars slippers (and buy all retro goodies for 15 percent off)


Star Wars slippers? Thank the maker! (Thank you,!) And yes, you can win a free pair of either Yoda, Darth Vader or Chewbacca slippers if you play your cards right. But first, here's the details on the goodies.

Here's the official description from "From the moons of Endor to the snowy plains of Hoth, our Star Wars slippers will keep your toes warm the galaxy over. Characters include the wise and sage-like Yoda, the menacing Darth Vader, and everyone's favorite fuzzball, Chewbacca. These are the slippers you've been looking for!"

A pair of these exceptional slippers will set you back only $24.95. But wait! If you go to the official Stuck in the '80s Facebook page and "Like" and "Share" the slipper postings there, you will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of your choice for FREE. (All three pairs will be posted separatedly; "like" and "share" each one to increase your chance of winning.)

And, because the force is strong with '80s fans, all Stuck in the '80s fans get 15 percent off all purchases at through the last day in September. Just use the coupon code STUCK15.

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Ferris Bueller returns ... as guest star on 'Modern Family'


Technically, Matthew Broderick is the guest star, not Ferris, during the upcoming season of TV's Modern Family. But how cool would it be if he dropped a Ferris reference or two? Too predictable? Or just endearing? In any case...

The actor who I insist on calling Ferris Bueller (if only because I can) will play a "neurotic new friend of Phil's," says. No word on when the episode will air.

Speaking of famous (and not-so-famous) roles of Matthew Broderick, here are the names of his other '80s characters. Can you name the movie each character belongs in?

1. Michael McPhee

2. David Lightman

3. Phillipe Gaston

4. Jimmy Garrett

5. Eugene Morris Jerome

6. Alan Simon

7. Adam McMullen

8. Robert Shaw

Click here for our continuing coverage of the Ferris Bueller sequel.

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'Full House' reunion photo ... minus the Olsen twins


There was a time when I thought Full House's Dave Coulier was the funniest guy in the world and Bob Saget was the nerdiest. Yeah, the '80s. Took me a few decades to realize I had my facts in reverse. (And even now, I'm still politely exaggerating.)

The cast of Full House, which aired from 1987 to 1995, got together over the weekend to celebrate their 25th anniversary and everyone showed, except Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Probably a good thing, right?

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It's Devo Day in Tampa Bay: Top 5 Devo albums if you can't make the show


Devo and Blondie are in Tampa Bay today for the unlikeliest of shows -- a rare outdoor, old-school New Wave joint billing in Pinellas Park. Sadly, I won't be at the show -- my "duty now" requires me to be in the office -- but I remembered that we long ago published a list of the top 5 Devo albums, courtesy of Doug Arthur, one of our longtime Stuck in the '80s friends. So if you can't make the show, use your freedom of choice and download one of these albums instead.


Devoshout 5. SHOUT (1984) One of their most maligned albums, but there are a lot of hidden gems on this album. Includes their devolved version of the Jimi Hendrix classic, Are You Experienced? My key cuts here include C'mon, The Fourth Dimension and The Jurisdiction Of Love.

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Cajun '80s Halloween invades New Orleans

cup.jpgNew Orleans is a town that nobody really needs an excuse to visit. Before the recession hit, I used to visit NOLA yearly for two reasons: ACME Oyster House and three-for-one drinks (and free souvenir plastic cups) at the Bourbon Blues Club. It's been about three years since my last visit -- and my lone remaining BBC cup is looking mighty faded.

So perhaps it's a wise idea to circle Oct. 20 on the calendar, because that's Cajun '80s Halloween in New Orleans. According to the official Facebook page, it features A Flock of Seagulls, When in Rome UK and The Motels. Not too shabby.

If I don't make it, someone save me a cup?

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Give Clint Eastwood a break (... for his '80s movies)


Will Clint Eastwood's legacy be that of a stammering old man talking to an empty chair? Though that's what everyone is talking about these days -- because, if nothing else, it's a good excuse not to talk about his new movie Trouble with the Curve -- things will eventually normalize and he'll be Good Ole Eastwood again soon.

In the meantime, we have his library of movies to distract us. And while the '80s weren't Clint's golden age, he gave us a few to remember. Normally, I do these rankings on personal preference. This time, I wanted to be more scientific; they're based on the official IMDB ratings of his work.


5. TIGHTROPE (1984): "Twenty-eight years ago I borrowed 40 dollars from my father, packed up an old, beat up suitcase, took a bus and came here. I was seventeen at the time. While I walked through the French Quarter, I looked out over the Mississippi and swore I'd never leave."

4. SUDDEN IMPACT (1983): "Go ahead, make my day."

3. HONKYTONK MAN (1982): "Mary was right to go back to her husband. What the hell did I have to offer a kid? Just honky-tonks and flop-houses." …

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Lisa Whelchel's latest fact of life: She's divorced

full.jpgEven back when we first watched TV's Facts of Life in the '80s, we knew high-maintenance Blair would be a handful for some fictional husband down the road. But we're still sad to hear that actress Lisa Whelchel's real life hit a speed bump just before she set off for the set of CBS's Survivor. Whelchel has told People magazine that she ended her 24-year marriage just nine days before heading off to compete on the reality TV show.

"The divorce was final on March 1, and [I] went out to be on Survivor on March 10," Whelchel says. "Going out to Survivor was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss."

Whelchel, 49, and Steve Cauble, 61, have three grown children, but vow to stay friends.

Speaking of Survivor, I totally missed her debut on that this week! So how does Blair look?

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