The Epcot Food and Wine Festival has announced its 2013 music lineup, and as hoped, it's full of acts from the '80s. Among the can't-miss shows: Go-Go's, Air Supply, Christopher Cross, Night Ranger, .38 Special and Dennis DeYoung.
Veterans of the Food and Wine Fest know the story: Buy a ticket to the park, eat your way around the park (especially the beer cheese soup from Canada) and enjoy free (though shortened) concerts by the bands at the stage by the American pavilion. Each band plays several sets per day. While you wander and graze between sets, please try to avoid the puddles of puke left behind by those visitors who think this event is some type of drinking competition. …Full Story
Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon says he's ready to talk again with former lead singer Steve Perry. Could a reunion be in the works?
"I hope we can reach out to each other and connect once again. We had amazing chemistry together," Schon said on Facebook, according to Classic Rock Magazine. "I love him with all the love and admiration you could have. Steve, let's talk soon."
While there's no mention of a possible reunion, it's the warmest language to come from Schon in ages. And as much as everyone loves the story behind Arnel Pineda, one has to wonder if the kid has the endurance for the road that the other Journey members have. And it comes on the heels of keyboardist Jonathan Cain saying that -- after the thud of Eclipse -- there's no reason for Journey to record any new music.
"The last album we made was a departure; we did a heavy rock’n'roll record. It wasn’t received very well in the States and they kinda liked it in Europe," Cain said in an interview in March. "That’s what I thought was going to happen. It barely sold 100,000. After all that time and money, what are we doing here?" …Full Story
Eileen Brennan, who scored an Oscar nomination for playing the Army drill captain opposite Goldie Hawn in 1980's Private Benjamin, has died, CNN reports. The actress was 80 when she died Sunday at her California home after fighting bladder cancer.
Fans of '70s movies probably remember Brennan best for The Last Picture Show, The Sting and At Long Last Love. To '80s fans, she was Capt. Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin (the movie and subsequent TV series) and Mrs. Peacock in Clue (1985). She also had guest spots on Magnum P.I., Taxi, The Love Boat and Newhart. Later, she would appear on multiple episodes of Will & Grace.
Both Hawn and Brennan earned Oscar nominations (lead actress and supporting actress) for Private Benjamin. They lost out to Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter) and Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard).Full Story
A pivotal moment in the timeline of Def Leppard was when Mutt Lange was hired to become the producer of their second album, High 'n' Dry. Lange’s meticulous manners in the studio helped harness and define the new sound of Def Leppard and British metal.
For the advent of music videos, Def Leppard filmed multiple songs off High ‘n’ Dry on the same soundstage including the title track. High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night) chronicles the hard drinking ways of the band, an ominous detail for a band whose member, guitarist Steve Clark, died of an alcohol-related death.
Though the album sold well, it just a foretaste of what was to come as the Pyromania album would catapult Def Leppard into one of the most successful hard rock bands of the ‘80s. Def Leppard is only one of two bands to have two separate studio albums to sell over 10 millions copies in the U.S. during the ‘80s – Van Halen is the other.
Def Leppard still performs and lead singer Joe Elliott has been a podcast guest in SIT80’s.Full Story
Here is your checklist for an ‘80s LA hard rock band. Long hair, black leather pants, headband, unbuttoned shirt, sunglasses, lots of jewelry and some good riffs. Hitting every item on the list is L.A. Guns and their 1989 video for Never Enough.
Most know that Guns N Roses is the offshoot of the two bands, L.A. Guns and Hollywood Roses, with Slash replacing Tracii Guns in the newly formed Guns N Roses.
Though Never Enough never charted, another single from the Cock and Loaded album called The Ballad of Jayne actually landed in the Top 40 in the spring of 1990.
L.A. Guns is still around although hardly an original member still remains.Full Story
Adam Sandler has an '80s fetish that casts a tremendous shadow over Stuck in the '80s. Afterall, it was his 1998 flick The Wedding Singer that first relit my fire for the music and culture of that decade. Sandler almost without exception uses '80s music in every film, but he surpassed himself by staging an all-out '80s Party in Grown Ups 2.
Chris Rock as Prince. Sandler as Bruce Springsteen. David Spade as Oates (with his son as Hall). Kevin James at Meatloaf. Also in attendance, amazing costumes for Donald Trump, Richard Simmons, Papa Smurf, Boy George, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Indiana Jones AND ... a special concert performance by the J. Geils Band.
If you EVER want to throw an '80s-themed party, watch Grown Ups 2. It's your template.Full Story
During the Christmas/New Years break last year, Lost and Found dedicated a week to the harder side of ‘80s music so with summer coming to a close, its seems a fitting week to roll down the windows, crank up the volume to eleven and unearth some hard rock gems.
The prison island of Alcatraz has long been a subject of fascination with movies and music and the ‘80s was no different with videos by the Scorpions and hard rock band Alcatrazz.
In 1983, Alcatrazz hit the album charts with No Parole from Rock n Roll and the song Island in the Sun. The video is a fun nod to the prison as veteran singer Graham Bonnet and his mates are pitted behind bars with only their music and woman guards to make the time pass.
Alcatrazz stopped releasing new material in 1986 and guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen would become regarded as one of the best guitarist, if not the fastest, of the ‘80s. Malmsteen has just released his memoir entitled Relentless.Full Story
One of pleasures of the early ‘80s videos is that many musicians didn’t take their videos so seriously and just wanted to have fun. You can keep your brooding, self-tormented artists and give me Hilly Michaels Calling All Girls anytime.
The video is smorgasbord of mixed media that was an introduction to the fast-paced videos that would soon dominate the airwaves of MTV.
Hilly played drums for Sparks in the ‘70s before embarking on a solo career and in 1980 released Calling All Girls. Michaels also appeared on the Caddyshack soundtrack with the song Something on Your Mind. Caddyshack fans will recognize the tune as the music accompanying Rodney Dangerfield’s boat-crashing scene; however, in the film the song plays without Hilly’s odd vocals.Full Story
Proof again that you really can't remake the original phenomenon of Gen. Zod, only worship before it. Full Story
When Lou Reed’s name is mentioned, most associate it with the ‘60’s Velvet Underground or the ‘70s hit Walk on the Wild Side. But the ‘80s was a busy and successful time for Reed as well as he promoted Honda Scooters, generated six solo albums and several enjoyable singles including very danceable I Love You Suzanne.
I Love You Suzanne reached No. 28 on the Mainstream Rock Charts in 1984 and the video is a fun poke at Reed, who at the ripe old age of 42, refuses to dance with a younger girl. In the end, Reed busts out of the moves to the surprise of the young ingénue.
In 1989, Reed would score one of his finest critical and commercial successes with the New York album. In April, Reed, now 71, received a liver transplant and is recovering well.Full Story
The legend of Apollo Creed lives! MGM has hired Ryan Coogler to direct a revival of the Rocky movie franchise, to be called simply Creed. The movie will follow the career of Apollo Creed's grandson (to be played by Michael B. Jordan) and will include plenty of flashbacks to the first three movies, according to Yahoo Movies.
Sylvester Stallone will return to play the aging Balboa, who will now train his former rival's grandson. Personally, I'd rather see an origins story for Apollo Creed, where we see how he became a boxing champion, eventually leading us to his meeting with Rocky.
No released date is available yet.Full Story
Robert Hays, aka Ted Striker in Airplane!, turns 66 years old today. Guess I picked the wrong week to stop writing about celebrity birthdays. So here are five things you probably didn't know about the 1980 film.
5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT AIRPLANE:
1. Talk show host David Letterman screen-tested for the role of Ted Striker. Barry Manilow was also considered for the part.
2. Robert Hays, whose career would come to be definited by the Airplane! franchise, actually had a good TV career going at the time of filming and had to shoot Airplane! between breaks of the TV show Angie.
3. Everyone knows that Airplane! is a spoof of the Airport series. But the film is specifically spoofing Airport 1975, where Karen Black is a flight attendant who pilots a plane when both pilots are incapacitated, Linda Blair is a girl needing a kidney transplant, and Helen Reddy plays a singing nun.
4. Most of the "jive" between the two African-American passengers was improvised after the scripted lines were judged to lack authenticity. (In the Italian version of the film, the "jive" conversation was dubbed in Neapolitan dialect. In the German version, the talk was dubbed in heavy Bavarian dialect.) …Full Story
Many videos in the ‘80s started out with grand notions of trying to create a piece of art by combining rock n roll with great cinematography, but only a few seem to achieve the effect that leaves you feeling inspired.
One video that might have the goods is Peter Bardens’ In Dreams. The video combines artsy dream aspects such as opening doors with zooming landscapes to create a hypnotic video. The single reached No. 41 on the Mainstream Rock charts in 1987.
Who is Pete Bardens? Bardens is a veteran rock keyboardist who played with popular ‘60s English bands like Camel and Them before striking out on his own in the ‘80s. Them is famous for band mate Van Morrison and recording the original version of the classic Gloria that was made more popular in the ‘70s by The Doors and Patti Smith.
Bardens died of lung cancer in 2002.Full Story
The car thieves ran, they ran so far away. If only A Flock of Seagulls had a photograph of them... Song puns aside, the touring van for the '80s band was indeed stolen from a hotel parking lot near Los Angeles hours before they were set to perform an outdoor concert over the weekend.
Inside the van: up to $70,000 worth of equipment, including a Roland X6 keyboard, two black Fender Aerodyne Telecaster electric guitars, two hand-made Washburn lead guitars, a customized drum kit, touring merchandise and -- worst of all -- sound files for a pending solo album by lead singer Mike Score.
"It's 18 months of work just basically thrown into the trash because some people don't have a real life and have to steal from others," Score told the Daily News. "People who do this kind of thing will never have a real life; I think karma in the end will come around and take whatever they have got." …Full Story
Nicolas Cage talks about his career and love life in a new interview with the U.K.'s Guardian, but if you're hoping for details about his appearance in Valley Girl or other popular '80s flicks, you might be disappointed. The two movies he does talk about, however, are Moonstruck and Vampire's Kiss.
"I really didn't want to make that," he said of Moonstruck. "I wanted to make Vampire's Kiss, because I was still trying to live my punk rock dreams. I did not want to be in a big splashy romantic comedy with Cher."
Click here to read the full inteview.Full Story