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Cher's 2014 tour to include Pat Benatar, Cyndi Lauper

Do you believe in life after your love of the '80s? Me either. But Cher is going to tour anyway in 2014 and she's bringing some friends along from the '80s: Pat Benatar (and hubby Neil Giraldo) and Cyndi Lauper.

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On this date in history: McDonalds opens first Moscow restaurant

Technically, the first McDonalds in Moscow, Russia, opened on Jan. 31, 1990 but that's close enough to the '80s, isn't it? I mean, construction must have begun during our decade. And hell, the Russians were probably just then getting around to listening to the soft FM hits of the early '80s from America. "Some Fogelberg with your fries, comrade?" (Truth be told, the McDonalds corportation got permission to build the restaurant in 1988.)

According to History.com, on Jan. 31, 1990, more than 30,000 customers stood in line for six hours and paid the equivalent of several days of wages to enjoy (say it with me) "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun."

The Mickey D's location is located on Pushkinsklaya Square and -- with 700 seats inside and 200 outside -- was once the world's largest McDonalds.

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Eddy Grant wrote my theme song in the '80s: 'I Don't Wanna Dance'

Electric Avenue is one ‘80s song every music lover can rally around. However, the signature tune by Eddy Grant never made it to No. 1 in the U.S. or the UK, however another song did - today's Lost and Found offering of I Don't Wanna Dance.

Grant was born in British-ruled Guyana but moved to London as a boy and in the ‘60's his band The Equals had a No. 1 UK hit with Baby Come Back that made it to No. 32 in the US.  In the ‘70s, his solo albums didn't make much of a dent before his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage started making waves. I Don't Wanna Dance was a success in the UK, staying at the top position for three weeks. The follow up single Electric Avenue would peak at No. 2. In the U.S., Electic Avenue was released first and also peaked at No. 2 in the states. When I Don't Wanna Dance was released as the follow up single in the U.S., it would only make it to No. 53 on the American charts. …

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Can you name the first single by the Eurythmics? You're probably wrong

If you thought like me that Sweet Dreams was the first single by The Eurythmics you would be wrong. The correct answer in the Eurythmics trivia game is Never Gonna Cry Again.

After the pop band The Tourists broke up in 1980, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox paired off to make an experimental album Into The Garden that was released in 1981. The first single Never Gonna Cry Again was a minor hit clocking it at No. 63 on the UK singles chart.

The video features Lennox all dolled up in a red dress before she started sporting her famous orange crew cut and androgynous look. Lennox, a classically trained flutist, performs the solo on the single.

The Eurythmics would go on to score ten Top 40 hits in US in the ‘80s and earlier this week on Jan. 27, the Eurythmics performed at The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles that will air Sunday night, Feb. 9 on CBS.

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Regeneration Tour 2014 to feature Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Midge Ure and China Crisis

The Regeneration Tour has announced its 2014 lineup and a new name. Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Ultravox’s Midge Ure and China Crisis will perform on the summer tour, which is set to begin Aug. 19 and end Sept. 13.

The tour itself will also have a new name, though organizers haven't announced one yet. No cities have been named yet for the tour. In 2013, the Regeneration Tour stuck to West Coast stops. Previous editions have hit all the major cities, including stops in Florida. The tour has an official Facebook page for updates.

The biggest name on this year's tour is no doubt Tom Bailey, the former frontman for Thompson Twins who hasn't toured in decades. Tour organizers say he'll be performing all the band's biggest hits. Howard Jones is always a good pick; his live shows are AMAZING.

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Watch this hilarious '80s Delta safety video ... it's like, totally tubular

Delta Airlines has just released an '80s tribute in the form of a in-flight safety video. This is an actual safety video that Delta passengers see before takeoff.

"We want people to stay engaged while watching such an important message," Delta spokeswoman Leslie Scott told CNN. "We knew it was something that would resonate with many of our most frequent travelers who have an emotional connection to that decade -- whether it's a fond memory or produced some cringeworthy fashion/hair choices."

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Motley Crue officially calling it quits ... well, after farewell tour

Motley Crue is officially retiring after 30-some years of shouting at the devil. The band announced Tuesday that it's calling it quits at a press conference in Los Angeles. The members signed a "Cessation Of Touring Agreement," effective at the end of 2015. The band will also appear tonight on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and again on Wednesday morning on CBS This Morning.

Of course, there's still the matter of one more tour, which begins on July 2 in Grand Rapids and includes dates through November. So far only two Florida dates have been announced: Oct. 17 in Hollywood and Oct. 19 in Jacksonville. According to TMZ, Alice Cooper will open for the Crue on tour.

"When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy," Nikki Sixx said in a statement posted on the band's official website. "As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour."

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Videos: Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and Reagan's address 28 years later

Not every anniversary on Stuck in the '80s is a happy one. It was 28 years ago today that the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, killing its seven crew members. Everyone in '80s nation remembers where they were when they heard the news. I was a freshman at the University of Florida, walking home from class and could see the explosion clouds from Gainesville.

Among the crew was Christa McAuliffe, the first member of the Teacher in Space program. That same day, President Ronald Reagan was set to deliver his annual State of the Union address. It was later postponed a week so he could address the nation from the Oval Office.

Horribly, it was later determined that at least some of the crew survived the initial explosion and were likely alive and even conscious as the wreckage fell to the ocean.

"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives," Reagan said in his address. "We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.' "

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Tuesday lost and found: OMD's 'Electricity'

If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark is a signature song of the ‘80s that will never leave the radio. Long before the Pretty In Pink soundtrack, OMD was busy debuting on the UK charts with Electricity.

Recorded in 1979, Electricity was released under three different versions but finally cracked the UK Top 100 and peaked at No. 99 in the spring of 1980 and ended up being the version that ended up on the video and the self-titled debut album of OMD of the same year.

The song is about society's wasteful use of energy and the lack of development of alternative sources like solar power. Considering the focal sound of OMD is electronic and synthesized, it does seem a little ironic message from the lads.

OMD has released several albums over the last few years, including 2013's English Electric.

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Grammy's best new artist 40 years ago? Bette Midler!

Grammy Award winners for best new artist over the last couple decades are practically an invitation to join the FBI's witness relocation program. But not in 1974. That year, it was a young Bette Midler who took away the statue. Here were the other big winners 40 years ago (lest anyone say I'm only obsessed with the '80s.)

Record of the Year: Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack

Album of the Year: Innervisions, Stevie Wonder (Tamla/Motown)

Song of the Year: Killing Me Softly With His Song - Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, songwriters

Best New Artist of the Year: Bette Midler

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack

Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus: Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye), Gladys Knight and the Pips

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) - Eumir Deodato

Best Rhythm and Blues Song: Superstition - Stevie Wonder, songwriter

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male: Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female: Master of Eyes - Aretha Franklin …

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30 years ago, the Grammy Awards were actually worth watching

I watched about 20 minutes of the Grammy Awards last night, far long enough to determine that ... 1) I don't like the music Beyonce or Jay Z, and 2) Domo Arigato, robot helmets are still cool in 2014. I'd much rather spend me time going back 30 years and revisiting the Grammy Awards of 1984, when Michael Jackson was still a king and the Culture Club were the new kids on the block. And performances including stunners by M.J., Cyndi Lauper and Herbie Hancock.

Record of the Year: Beat It - Michael Jackson

Album of the Year: Thriller, Michael Jackson

Song of the Year: Every Breath You Take - Sting, songwriter

Best New Artist: Culture Club

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: Thriller, Michael Jackson

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: Flashdance: What a Feeling - Irene Cara

Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal: Every Breath You Take - Police

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Being With You - George Benson

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male: Beat It - Michael Jackson

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female: Love Is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar

Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal: Synchronicity, Police

Best New Rhythm and Blues Song: Billie Jean - Michael Jackson, songwriter

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30 years old today: Top 5 memorable lines from Steve Martin's 'The Lonely Guy'

Steve Martin's The Lonely Guy turns 30 years old today. Seems like only yesterday I was a high school kid wondering just what the hell kind of romantic comedy this was. For someone who grew up on Martin doing King Tut and The Jerk, The Lonely Guy was at a comedic level I hadn't encountered to date.

Based on an actual book (The Lonely Guy's Book of Life by Bruce Jay Friedman), the movie follows Martin as a greeting card writing who's unlucky with love. Ultimately, his frustrations lead him to write a book called A Guide for the Lonely Guy, which provides him a celebrity status (though not necessarily the companionship he had sought.)

It's sparkled with some great cameos (Merv Griffin, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Loni Anderson) and features the amazing supporting acting job by the great Charles Grodin, another lonely guy who is too willing eo accept his fate in the universe. Co-written by Neil Simon, it's one of his only works not to be based on his life or one of his plays. …

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The Fixx's guide to urban renewal: 'Less Cities, More Moving People'

Although The Fixx only landed one Top 10 hit (One Thing Leads To Another) in the ‘80s, they were among the decade's most consistent generators of new wave/rock music with thought-provoking songs like Less Cities, More Moving People.

In 1984, after the success of Are We Ourselves? and Sunshine in the Shade, The Fixx's Less Cities, More Moving People failed to chart but still is counted among the band's finer works.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 37 million American move each year, however two-thirds of them just move within the same county. In 2011, Americans disobeyed Cy Curnin and The Fixx and set the record for most number of Americans that stayed put. The exodus out of the city to the suburbs continues and the top two destinations to relocate in the U.S. are New York to Florida and California to Texas.

The Fixx still perform and their latest album was the 2012 release Beautiful Friction. http://www.thefixx.com/

 

 

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Amazing side-by-side video: 'Bosom Buddies' opening re-enacted by Paul Rudd, Adam Scott

If you're forgotten about the total, guiltless pleasure of the opening credits of Bosom Buddies, then this is the answer to your prayers. Watch Paul Rudd and Adam Scott re-enact the complete beginning of the show while you watch Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari's version next to it.

Now head to the Vulture blog to see which other '80s classics have been remade.

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Toto plans new album, tour for 2014

Hold the line! Toto's plans are right on time. The band is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a new studio album and a tour that will bring them through North America in 2014.

"The repertoire is coming together so naturally it is as though we never took a break from creating as Toto in the studio," founding member David Paich said in an official press release. "For the fans who have been waiting patiently and continually showing the band support and love over the last decade or so, this one's for you. Collectively we can't wait to share these recordings with the world."

Also in the works for 2014 is Toto 35th Anniversary: Live In Poland, filmed in 2013 in Lodz, Poland. The two-hour plus performance on CD and DVD will feature all the band's hits. As for the touring road, Toto begins a tour of Japan in April. In the fall, they'll return to North America to tour with Michael McDonald.

Meanwhile, some sad news: Long-time member drummer Simon Phillips is quitting the band to pursue his solo career and other interests.

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