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Win tickets to see Midge Ure LIVE on Feb. 28th at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf, NY

Win tickets to see Midge Ure LIVE on Feb. 28th at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf, NY

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    Revenge of the 80s Radio is giving away a pair of passes to see Midge Ure LIVE at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf, NY.

    To enter, e-mail us at contest@revengeofthe80sradio.com, Tweet us or comment on our Facebook page with your favorite Ultravox or Midge Ure solo track and you will be entered into a drawing where we will randomly pick the winner on Wednesday, February 25th.

    Entries must be placed before 11:59pm Eastern US time on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. We will draw the winner and post the results on revengeofthe80sradio.com, our Facebook and Twitter pages on Wednesday, February 25th and inform the winner via e-mail or his/her respective social network account.

    Good luck and we will see you at the show!

    Win tickets to the Retro Futura Tour's 8/21 show in NYC!

    Win tickets to the Retro Futura Tour’s 8/21 show in NYC!

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      The Retro Futura Tour 2014 will kick off on August 21, 2014 at the Best Buy Theater in New York Cit and we are giving away a pair of tickets to see the first concert in the Big Apple.

      The tour lineup of Midge Ure, Howard Jones, Tom Bailey, China Crisis and Katrina Leskanich will play across North America f\\through September 6th.

      You can enter to win by e-mailing us at contest@revengeofthe80sradio.com and sending us your name, e-mail/phone number, your home town and your favorite track from any one of the five artists playing the Retro Futura Tour.  We will take enteries between July 25, 2011 and 11:59om Eastern US time on Thursday, July 7th. We will randomly draw the winner on August 8th and post him or her here on the Revenge of the 80s website. Good Luck!

      Here is the full list of confirmed concert dates for the Retro Futura Tour:


      Aug. 21 NYC – Best Buy Theater
      Aug. 22 Philadelphia – The Keswick Theatre
      Aug. 23 Brookhaven, NY – Pennysaver Amphitheater
      Aug. 24 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
      Aug. 25th Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Performance Arts Center (Masonic Auditorium)

      Aug. 26 Toronto, ON – Koolhaus
      Aug. 27 Chicago, IL – Ravinia Festival
      Aug. 29 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
      Aug. 30 Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery *
      Aug. 31 Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Resort & Casino **
      Sept. 3 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
      Sept. 04 San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
      Sept. 05 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Beach
      Sept. 06 Sandy, UT – Sandy Amphitheater

      Nikki Corvette & the Romeos getting set for their European tour, new album

      Nikki Corvette & the Romeos getting set for their European tour, new album

        Nikki Corvette and her band of young Italian rockers worked so well together during their European tour last year, they have decided to become an official group. Currently, they are gearing up for another tour of Europe beginning on April 23.
        Dates for Nikki Corvette & The romeos European Tour 2013 include stops in Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Sweden and the UK. On May 5th, Corvette will play her first London show:
        • 4/23 TUE – Freak Out – Bologna (IT)
          4/24 WED – Revolution – Molvena (Vicenza) (IT)
          4/25 THU – Caffe’ al Feudo – Trento (IT)
          4/26 FRI – Südstadt – Munchen (DE)
          4/27 SAT- Bassy – Berlin (DE)
          4/28 SUN – Heidi Boat – Hamburg (DE)
          4/29 MON – Pit´s – Kortrjk (BE)
          4/30 TUE – Queenday Festival – Venlo (NE)
          5/1 WED – Gleis22 – Munster (DE)
          5/2 THU Bumzen- Copenhagen (DK)
          5/3 FRI – Club Slacker – Goteborg (SWE)
          5/4 SAT Folk & Rock- Malmo (SWE)
          5/5 SUN Annie’s Bar – London (UK)
          5/7 TUE – La Mecanique Ondulatoire – Paris (FR)
          5/8 WED- Pogo – Heilbronn (DE)

        Nikki Corvette and the Romeos recently completed mixing the music for an upcoming new album. We will keep you up to date on its release on the Revenge of the 80s Radio show and our website, www.revengeofthe80sradio.com.

        Citing continued health issues, Morrissey cancels the rest of his U.S. tour.

        Citing continued health issues, Morrissey cancels the rest of his U.S. tour.

          Morrissey’s publicist announced on Friday that continued health problems have forced the singer to cancel the rest of his U.S. tour.

          For more on this, read the article on our Examiner page.

          Cherie Currie, The Avengers to headline Girls Got Rhythm Fest 2013

          Cherie Currie, The Avengers to headline Girls Got Rhythm Fest 2013

            Cherie Currie and The Avengers will lead an all-star lineup of female-led acts as organizers for the annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest today announced the list of performers at the two-night event set for May 10-11 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota.

            Continue reading on our Examiner page.

            Tickets can be purchased here.

            Regeneration Tour 2013 lineup set, dates coming.

            Regeneration Tour 2013 lineup set, dates coming.

              The lineup for Regeneration Tour 2013 is now set. Organizers Red Entertainment announced today the artists who will perform during the August concert series.

              This year’s tour will feature four acts:

              Information Society, whose hits include “Walking Away” and “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy),” the latter of which  sampled Leonard Nimoy for an interesting hook.

              Erasure’s Andy Bell, one-half of the noted synth-pop duo who who crowded the world’s dance floors with “Oh, L’amour,” “Chains of Love” and “A Little Respect,” In recent years, Bell has released several solo tracks, including some under the name “Mimo.”

              The Human League, which has seen a major resurgence since playing Regeneration Tour 2008. They continue to perform to capacity crowds as they have done very well on the road since their RT2008 appearance.

              Howard Jones, who recently made available a box set of his first two albums, Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action, last year performed a series of concerts where he performed both of those creations in order and exactly as there were recorded in the 80s. Jones discusses that in an appearance on Revenge of the 80s Radio.

              Red Entertainment says Regeneration Tour 2013 will run in August; the official schedule will be unveiled at a later date. At the time of this post, only two shows have been confirmed: August 7 at the Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta and August 30 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

              U.S.-based Regeneration Tours were held in 2008 and 2009. Past participants included A Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes, ABC, Berlin and Wang Chung.

              The Go-Gos, B-52s to tour together as double-bill

              The Go-Gos, B-52s to tour together as double-bill

                The Go-Gos and The B-52 today announced plans to co-headline tour the U.S. this summer. According to the Go-Gos’ website, exact dates have not been confirmed at the time of this post, but the two alt-pop 80s party bands say they will be stopping in several cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and Portland.

                The Go-Gos began as a group in 1978 as a punk band and later made history as the first all-girl band who played their own instruments on their original songs to hit the Billboard Top 40. They also were the first ladies to play “Johnny Are You Queer?” as a regular concert staple until Josie Cotton would later release the track as a single. They have played live dates regularly together since 1999, despite billing a postponed 2010 concert series as their “Farewell Tour.”

                The B-52s. formed in 1976, featured a rather unusual lineup of singers and musicians that gelled together to form a unique sound and quickly earned a reputation as a top party-music band. Their classics include “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack” and “Song for  Future Generation.” They continue to hit the stage together as major headliners.

                Also, upon visiting the Hudson Valley, fans may find it fun to book a room at Kate Pierson’s Lazy Meadow in Mt. Tremper, NY.

                Godfathers, Stranglers embark on their 'Feel it Now' tour (UK)

                Godfathers, Stranglers embark on their ‘Feel it Now’ tour (UK)

                  Punk legends The Godfathers and The Stranglers start a month-long UK tour tonight.

                  The “Feel it Now” tour begins at the Picture House in Edingburgh; they play 23 dates together, ending up in Croydon on March 31.

                  In December 2012, The Godfathers released Jukebox Fury, their first new album since 1995.

                  The full schedule is:

                  March 1 – Edingburgh, Picture House
                  March 2 – Glasgow, Academy
                  March 4 – Aberdeen, Garage
                  March 5 – Dundee, Fat Sams
                  March 7 – Liverpool, O2 Academy
                  March 8 – Lincoln, Engine Shed
                  March 9 – Leeds, O2 Academy
                  March 11 – Leamington Spa, Assembly
                  March 12 – Guilford, G Live
                  March 14 – Brighton, Dome
                  March 15 – London, Roundhouse
                  March 16 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
                  March 18 – Oxford, O2 Academy
                  March 19 – Nottingham, Rock City
                  March 21 – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
                  March 22 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
                  March 23 – Bristol, O2 Academy
                  March 25 – Norwich, UEA
                  March 26 – Salisbury, City Hall
                  March 28 – Carlisle, Sands Centre
                  March 29 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
                  March 30 – Manchester, Academy
                  March 31 – Croydon, Fairfield Halls
                  Tickets are available here.
                  Ron Asheton tribute concert DVD to be released in June, not Apri

                  Ron Asheton tribute concert DVD to be released in June, not Apri

                    The Ron Asheton Foundation announced on Tuesday the DVD for the 2011 tribute concert in honor of the famed guitarist will be released on June 4, 2013 and not April 9 as previously planned.

                    Asheton, best known as the former guitarist and co-songwriter for Iggy and the Stooges, died in 2009 and was unable to see his band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year later. On April 19, 2011, Iggy & the Stooges, Henry Rollins and guest guitarist Deniz Tek performed the concert in Asheton’s remembrance at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor to a sold-out crowd of fans.

                    Billboard’s Gary Graff wrote picturesquely of the show:

                    It was a typical night of Stooges-style brutality but in an even more passionate form, as the group and its guests took a wide swing through the repertoire, clearly moved by the sense of occasion and the cacophonous spirit of the 1,700 fans who snapped up tickets for the concert in less than an hour.

                    The track list for the DVD will be as follows:

                    1. I Got a Right (with Henry Rollins)
                    2. Raw Power
                    3. Search and Destroy
                    4. Gimme Danger
                    5. Shake Appeal
                    6. 1970
                    7. L.A. Blues
                    8. Night Theme
                    9. Beyond the Law
                    10. Fun House
                    11. Open Up And Bleed
                    12. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
                    13. I Wanna Be Your Dog
                    14. TV Eye
                    15. Loose
                    16. Dirt
                    17. Real Cool Time
                    18. Iggy’s Speech
                    19. Ron’s Tune
                    20. No Fun

                    All profits from the DVD sales will go to the Ron Asheton Foundation, which supports animal welfare and music. Pre-orders can be made here.

                    Big Country announce European tour dates; new album a step closer

                    Big Country announce European tour dates; new album a step closer

                      Big Country announced their May concert dates in Europe as they continue to put together their Journey Tour 2013.  After playing throughout April in the U.K. and Ireland, the band will perform 15 shows in 18 days on the mainland beginning on May 14 in Venue, France.

                      Here are the recently-set May Journey Tour 2013 dates:

                      Tues 14 May – Venue tbc, FRANCE
                      Wed 15 May – Saarbruken, GERMANY : The Garage
                      Thur 16 May – Bochum, GERMANY : Zeche
                      Sat 18 May – Mannheim, GERMANY : Alte Seilerei
                      Sun 19 May – Osnabruck, GERMANY : Rosenhaf
                      Tues 21 May – Aschaffenburg, GERMANY : Colossaal
                      Wed 22 May – Hamburg, GERMANY : Markthalle
                      Thur 23 May – Dresden, GERMANY : Tante Ju
                      Fri 24 May – Karlsruhe, GERMANY : Substage
                      Sat 25 May – Vienna, AUSTRIA : Szene Wein
                      Mon 27 May – Basel, SWITZERLAND : Sommercasino
                      Tues 28 May – Milan, ITALY : Tunnel Club
                      Wed 29 May – Memmingen, GERMANY : Kaminwerk
                      Thur 30 May – Bremen, GERMANY : Modernes
                      Fri 31 May – Venue tbc, NETHERLANDS

                      Also, their upcoming new 12-track album is a bit closer to being ready. According to Big Country’s website, the tracks have been recorded and are being mixed.

                      Highlights from Power Pop-A-Licious 2

                      Highlights from Power Pop-A-Licious 2

                        Power pop fans from all over the New York-Metro area crowded The Cake Shop on Friday and Saturday night to celebrate the guitar-driven musical genre at Power Pop-A-Licious 2 with The Paul Collins Beat and a heavy-hitting lineup of long-established and up-and-coming bands.

                        Collins says he is pleased with the success of the event and its spotlighting of some of its top acts in the northeastern U.S. and Canada. He expressed the importance of the spirit of the show:

                        “Power Pop-A-Licious 2 is a unifying rally cry for the thriving rock-n-roll subculture, and is a means for power pop fans of all ages to discover a wealth of talented new acts in one power-packed weekend… All these bands are serious about what they are doing; they are all out there trying to make something happen, I am proud to be able to help them achieve that goal.”

                        After being postponed from its November dates in Asbury Park, New Jersey due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Collins’ second Power Pop-A-Licious Fest was moved to The Cake Shop, where those attending saw a lineup led off on day one by The Whims out of Brooklyn followed by The Disconnects (New Jersey), Party Lights (Brooklyn), The Connection (Portsmouth), Kurt Baker (Portsmouth) and Kid Sentiment from Montreal. Kid Sentiment’s bassist Cynthia Sentiment also celebrated her birthday that evening.

                        photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                        Saturday night featured The Electric Mess (NYC), 1-800-BAND (Brooklyn), The Pow Wows (Toronto), popular New Jersey band The Modulators and Paul Collins‘ Beat.

                        DJ Tony LoFi of One Chord Progression spun classic and current tracks both nights between sets. Also on hand were popular DJ Dave “The Boogeyman) and Bobcat Rawks.

                        Only two days after Power Pop-A-Licious 2, Collins set out to begin his Midwestern U.S. tour.

                        Check out our full slide show on our Revenge of the 80s Examiner page: Highlights from Power Pop-A-Licious 2

                        The B-52s to headline the Rewind the 80s Festival at Henley-on-Thames

                        The B-52s to headline the Rewind the 80s Festival at Henley-on-Thames

                          New wave party band The B-52s will lead a star-studded lineup at the Rewind the 80s Music Festival on August 16-18 at Henley-on-Thames in the U.K. Event organizers confirmed the group’s participation today.

                          In the festival’s 5th year, he B-52s will lead a lineup that includes Kim Wilde, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, Nik Kershaw, Blancmange, Sonia, The Blow Monkeys, Cutting Crew, Heaven 17 and Go West.

                          Rewind the 80s Festival is one of the world’s biggest retro music fests, attracting over 40,000 people and selling out ni advance over the past few years. In its first four years has featured such iconic 80s names as: Boy George, Village People, The Human League, Gloria Gaynor, Kool & The Gang, Holly Johnson, Bananarama, and many more.

                          Along with the performances, fans can also enjoy several watering holes, karaoke, camping or stay at the new “Snoozebox” portable hotel.

                          The Boomtown Rats to reunite for performance at Isle of Wight Festival

                          The Boomtown Rats to reunite for performance at Isle of Wight Festival

                            Organizers for the Isle of Wight Festival say the Boomtown Rats will play a one-off together at their 2013  event.

                            The Irish alt-rockers broke up in 1986 and had not played together as BTR since the 1986 Self Aid festival.  With the festival leaders’ announcement, Geldof says he is looking forward to playing with the group again:

                            “Playing again with The Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh…  We were an amazing band and I just feel it’s the right time to re-Rat, to go back to Boomtown for a visit.”

                            At the time of this post, band members and the official Boomtown Rats website have not indicated whether they will be dong anything together after the one performance.

                            The Rats will be playing on a star-filled bill that includes Paul Weller, Blondie, Hugh Cornwell and Happy Mondays.

                            Our 1/18 show podcast/syndication edit is up

                            Our 1/18 show podcast/syndication edit is up

                              Midge Ure live at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY – 1/12/13
                              Photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                              The podcast/syndication edit for our 1/18 Revenge of the 80s show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This Week, we catch up with Midge Ure on his U.S. tour as he makes a stop in Woodstock, NY.  We will also play music from Visage, Blondie, Icehouse, Annabella Lwin, Kime Wilde, The Sunnyboys, Amazulu, Trans-X and more.

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                              Review: Midge Ure live at The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY - 1/12/13

                              Review: Midge Ure live at The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY – 1/12/13

                                Midge Ure on tour, Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY 1-12-13. Photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                                After reuniting with Ultravox and recording an album together, Midge Ure is touring the U.S. for the first time in decades. While he is set to play in major cities for the bulk of his time in the states, Ure made a stop to perform at Bearsville Theater in the upstate New York town of Woodstock.

                                Before Ure made his way to the stage, his backup band, Right the Stars, also served as the opening act. The 80s-influenced group of young fellows won the crowd over quickly, reminding new wave fans that their music lives on. They carried the spirit of New Romantic with a bit of a modern touch.

                                Midge Ure on tour, Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY 1-12-13. Photo by Elizabeth Lynch

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                                The crowd at Bearsville was eager to see Ure perform, the ages ranged from longtime fans to youngsters who weren’t born before “If I Was” ruled the U.K. charts. Ure took to the mic with an all black outfit and quite stylish blood-red tie as he led off with “I See Hope in the Morning Light,” from his 1991 Breathe Album. Ure mixed classics from Ultravox, his solo work and his biggest Visage hit, “Fade to Grey” throughout his set. The selection did not feature all of the Ultravox chart-busters, although crowd-pleasing classics like “Vienna,” If I Was” and “Dear God” were among those highlighted. Ure, like many early new wavers, knew his concert-goers would appreciate some of his deeper cuts in between the ones he and his bands were most known for.

                                Ure is the kind of performer who does not need to move around stage or make dramatic poses to command an audience. He makes that kind of skill look simple as if the crowd is his from the first note. It was as evident at Bearsville Theater in 2013 as it was at Live Aid in 1985. Still, he was very personable with his fans at the show and his comical quips and anecdotes seemed genuine and not forced or generic.Concert-watchers responded vocally and with some rather snazzy dance moves in front of the platform.

                                For his encore, Ure treated his faithful with an acoustic version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” the song he co-wrote for the Band Aid project (of which he is the trustee).

                                Ure says he is very happy to be back performing on the western side of the Atlantic: “It has been fantastic so far, people are so incredibly gracious… incredibly warming.”

                                He also says he plans to get more things rolling with Ultravox: “That’s the plan… I’m not going to give up, I’m going to keep hacking away until it happens,”

                                Midge Ure on tour, Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY 1-12-13. Photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                                Ure started his U.S. tour on January 9 at New York’s Iridium Theater and will be on the road through hsi January 26th show at the Del Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The latter show is a special one-off with Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel.

                                Men Without Hats go to Europe

                                Men Without Hats go to Europe

                                  On the strength of a new album and two successful North American tours, Men Without Hats will start their first European tour in over 20 years on February 1.

                                  Ivan Doroschuk and his lineup of anti-hatmen revisited the United States in 2011 to rave reviews and fan demand for another tour, which came in 2012 with their release of Love in the Age of War. Doroschuk talked about the tour and the album in two past appearance on Revenge of the 80s.

                                  Men Without Hats – Sept 2011 in NYC, photo by Chris Cordani

                                  In their return to Europe, Men Without Hats will make 12 stops, beginning on the 1st in London and ending in Gothesburg, Sweden. The Eurotour 2013 dates are:

                                  Feb. 1 – London, England, O2 Academy Islington
                                  Feb. 3 – Memmingen, Germany, Kaminwerk
                                  Feb. 4 – Ingolstadt, Germany, Eventhalle Westpark
                                  Feb. 5 – Vienna, Austria, Szene Vienna
                                  Feb. 6 – Cologne, Germany, MTC
                                  Feb. 7 – Frankfurt, Germany, Das Bett
                                  Feb. 8 – Hannover, Germany, Engel 07
                                  Feb. 9 – Berlin, Germany, K17
                                  Feb. 10 – Hamburg, Germany, Logo
                                  Feb. 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Stengade 18,
                                  Feb. 15 – Malmo, Sweden, Inkonst
                                  Feb. 16 – Goteborg, Sweden, Sticky Fingers

                                  Power Pop-A-Licious 2 Fest Rescheduled for Feb. 1 & 2 at The Cake Shop in NYC

                                  Power Pop-A-Licious 2 Fest Rescheduled for Feb. 1 & 2 at The Cake Shop in NYC

                                    Paul Collins’ Power Pop-A-Licous 2 Fest, which was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, has been rescheduled for February 1 & 2 at The Cake Shop in NYC.

                                    You can get your tickets here.

                                    The 2-day lineup is as follows:

                                    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1

                                    DJ TONY LO-FI

                                    PSYCHO HIPPIES (Brooklyn)

                                    THE DISCONNECTS (NJ)

                                    PARTY LIGHTS (Brooklyn)

                                    THE CONNECTION (Portsmouth)

                                    KURT BAKER (Portsmouth)

                                    KID SENTIMENT (Montreal)

                                    SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2

                                    DJ TONY LO-FI

                                    THE ELECTRIC MESS (NYC)

                                    1-800-BAND (Brooklyn)

                                    POW WOWS (Toronto)

                                    THE MODULATORS (NJ)

                                    PAUL COLLINS BEAT (NYC)

                                    For more info on Power-Pop-A-Licious 2, see our Examiner page.

                                    Review: Concrete Blonde at Irving Plaza, NYC, 12/13/12

                                    Review: Concrete Blonde at Irving Plaza, NYC, 12/13/12

                                      The second night of Concrete Blonde’s December 2012 Eastern U.S. tour saw the band play to a crowd of fierce fans at New York City’s Irving Plaza. As the alt-rockers were hardly conventional from their Dream 6 days onward, the same can be said for their most devoted fans and what they want to hear. Knowing this, the band eschewed conventional concert wisdom when it came to arranging their show to reflect their most hard-core fans.

                                      The opening act, Jim Bianco, was a jovial sort in a new-punk kind of way. He was funny, interacted playfully with the audience and performed powerfully during his one-man set. Bianco proved to live up to the raves he received from Johnette Napolitano during a recent interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio.

                                      As most 80s-era bands would tend to lead off their set with a classic song, using their new music later in the set and saving their most popular one for last, Concrete Blonde went in an entirely different direction: they started with their newest single, the somber country ballad, “Rosalie,” followed it Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning” (with a heavy guitar-driven sound led by James Mankey), went into the flip side of their new single, “I Know the Ghost” and then played their biggest chart-hit, “Joey.” This showed the genius of the band, as they were well tuned into what their most devoted fans wanted to see.

                                      For the rest of the set, Concrete Blonde mixed original music from each of heir albums with rock classics laced with their own musical flavor. Napolitano meshed her dark, hypnotic dark vocal style with classics from the likes of Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones and their own 2004 cover of “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”

                                      The band weaved in their most well-known tracks throughout the show, but closed out with an encore that pleased the crowd of their most dedicated fans immensely: the title track to their 1990 Bloodletting album.

                                      Napolitano’s ability to match her voice with the character she is playing or the person about whom she is singing shines when she is on stage. She conveys sympathy as the girlfriend in “Joey,” power in “I Know the Ghost” and “Bloodletting,” comfort to the lonely cowboy’s girl in “Rosalie” and somewhat snarky pessimism in the band’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows.” On the axe, Mankey drove the set and its tempo as he seamlessly switched between more mellow and ultra-heavy guitar leads. His solos buzzed from the stage as a chainsaw would if there could be a chainsaw virtuoso that could also move the emotions of the people listening.

                                      Concrete Blonde’s single, “Rosalie” b/w “I Know the Ghost” is available for download at Amazon. The rest of the group’s tour dates are on their official website.

                                      Win tickets to see Concrete Blonde on December 13th at Irving Plaza, NYC

                                      Win tickets to see Concrete Blonde on December 13th at Irving Plaza, NYC

                                         Revenge of the 80s Radio is giving away five pair of tickets to see Concrete Blonde live at Irving Plaza (17 Irving Place, New York, NY) on Thursday, December 13th. Lead singer and co-founder Johnette Napolitano talked about the band’s tour, new music and new videos in a recent interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio.

                                        You can enter the contest in three ways:

                                        Entries must be posted or e-mailed by Tuesday, December 11th at 11:59pm Eastern U.S. time. We will draw the winners on the morning of December 12th and announce them on our website and social media pages. Winners will pick up their tickets at the door at Irving Plaza the night of the concert.

                                        You can purchase tickets to see Concrete Blonde December 13 at Irving Plaza here.

                                        We will be there and hope to see you at the show.

                                        Special 'Revenge of the 80s' concert featuring Midge Ure, Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel in L.A. on Jan. 26, 2013

                                        Special ‘Revenge of the 80s’ concert featuring Midge Ure, Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel in L.A. on Jan. 26, 2013

                                          Midge Ure, Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel will headline a special one-off “Revenge of the 80s” concert in Los Angeles on January 26, 2013. The show is a production of Red Entertainment.

                                          Earlier this year, Ure and Ultravox released their newest album, Brilliant. The bands will be performing their classics at the Del Rey Theater in Los Angeles. You can purchase tickets through Ticketmater.

                                          Review: The English Beat/Paul Collins Beat LIVE at BB Kings in NYC 10/16/12

                                          Review: The English Beat/Paul Collins Beat LIVE at BB Kings in NYC 10/16/12

                                            Dave Wakeling singing “I Confess” – Photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                                            Ska royalty meets the High Priest of Power Pop: Dave Wakeling’s English Beat and The Paul Collins Beat are touring together for the first time. Under the title Two Beats Heart as One, they make a stop in New York City, playing in front of a lively crowd at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill on 42nd Street.

                                            Although both Beats formed in the late 1970s with the same band name and have been touring regularly in recent years, never have the two played together until this October. In a recent interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio, Collins recalled times where the two groups played in the same city and one time across the street from each other on a night in Pittsburgh. Finally, the two Beat leaders made the plan, which included their October 16th date at B.B. King’s.

                                            Paul Collins – Photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                                            The Paul Collins Beat took the stage first in his home town, kicking off his set with two Beat classics, “I Don’t Fit In” and “Workaday World.” His guitar-driven power pop was a sharp contrast to Wakeling’s brand of ska, but fans of both bands were quick to get up and dance to Collins’ timeless grooves. He mixed Beat staples with a couple of songs from The Nerves and The Breakaways as well as something from his newest album, The King of Power Pop.

                                            The Paul Collins Beat – Photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                                            Collins, being the de facto point man for the power pop genre, is looked to as a leader for DIY bands across the world. He and his band did not disappoint concert-goers. They came out in t-shirts and played hard, as would a championship hockey team’s top checking line. Even though one got the impression these men were hard at work on stage, they also looked like they were genuinely having fun. While not moving much, Collins commands the stage simply by making a stance, leaning forward a bit and strumming the guitar with unmatched drive. After playing several powerful tracks including “The Kids Are the Same,” “Rock and Roll Girl” and “Walking Out on Love” The Beat closed its set with the slightly-lest-fast hit “Different Kind of Girl.”

                                            The English Beat performed next, with Wakeling leading the set off with a song that did not chart, “Rough Rider,” before instantly going into their first hit, “Tears of a Clown.” As always, Wakeling plays classics from both The English Beat and General Public, but he likes to mix in some deeper cuts as well. Fittingly, they played “Click, Click” mid-set, which mixes super-charged ska with a bit of Collins-esque power-pop (maybe some more power pop bands should consider adding a saxophone player).

                                            Antonee First Class and Dave Wakeling at BB King’s, NYC – Photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                                            English Beat fans were treated to extended, jazzed-up versions of some of the band’s biggest hits, energetic solos from each member and outstanding original rhymes from Antonee First Class (Ranking Roger fronts his own English Beat band in the UK). Wakeling has put together a group of stellar musicians who match the quality of his original band.

                                            As always, B.B. Kings is a fantastic venue to catch a good show. There are no bad seats and a dance floor for fans who want to let loose while watching their favorite artists on stage. The servers were prompt and courteous as well. I am always happy to quaff a Guinness while reviewing shows there, and I will gladly recommend their homemade key lime pie to you if you fancy an exquisite dessert.

                                            Our 10/12 show w/Paul Collins podcast edit is up

                                            Our 10/12 show w/Paul Collins podcast edit is up

                                               

                                              The  podcast edit for this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, Paul Collins talks about his upcoming Power Pop-A-Licious II Fest, which is set for November 16 & 17, Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ. Get your tickets on Ticketweb. Currently, Collins is on tour with The English Beat for the first-ever shows featuring both Beats.

                                              We will also play music from Big Audio Dynamite, The Tom Tom Club, Adriana Kaegi, Split Enz, Dominatrix, Bad Manners  and more…

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                                                It’s gong to be a super show  –  we will see you there!

                                                Power-Pop-A-Licious II Fest lineup set:

                                                Power-Pop-A-Licious II Fest lineup set:

                                                  Thirteen bands from across the U.S. and Canada will play at the second annual Power Pop-A-Licious Fest at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The power pop celebration takes place on November 16th and 17th.

                                                  Curated by Paul Collins (The Beat, The Nerves, The Breakaways), the bill features top power-pop bands picked by one of the genre’s inventors. Collins built the event as a “unifying rally cry for the thriving rock-n-roll subculture, and is a means for power pop fans of all ages to discover a wealth of talented new acts in one power-packed weekend.”

                                                  Collins explains the concept behind this year’s festival:

                                                  “I wanted to keep the spirit of last year’s fest going, it was going to be a challenge to come up with a whole new bunch of bands that I personally believed in and that I thought meant something…I think in the end we were able to do that, all these bands, in my opinion, are serious about what they are doing, they are all out there trying to make something happen, I am proud to be able to help them achieve that goal.”

                                                  Collins is scheduled to appear on a future Revenge of the 80s Radio show to talk about Power Pop-A-Licious II and its lineup.

                                                  Performers include New Jersey power-pop heroes The Modulators, The Disconnects and Lieder as featured acts span the continent from as far west as Portland Oregon (Blue Skies for Black Hearts) and as far north as Montreal (Kid Sentiment). Mixed in with the bands will be music from popular DJs Tony Lo-Fi (One Chord Progression) and Jenni Ladd (The Leopard Print Lounge)

                                                  Tickets for the fest are $15 and will be available to purchase online through TicketWeb

                                                  Here is the set schedule for Power Pop-A-Licious II

                                                  Friday, November 16th:

                                                  Psycho Hippies (Brooklyn)
                                                  The Modulators (NJ)
                                                  Party Lights (Brooklyn)
                                                  The Jennifers (Baltimore)
                                                  The Connection (Portsmouth)
                                                  The Magnolias (Minneapolis)
                                                  DJ Jenni Ladd, Leopard Print Lounge (Madison)

                                                  Saturday, November 17th:

                                                  DJ Tony Lo-Fi
                                                  Lieder (NJ)
                                                  The Disconnects (NJ)
                                                  The Electric Mess (NYC)
                                                  1-800-BAND (Brooklyn)
                                                  Kid Sentiment (Montreal)
                                                  Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Portland)
                                                  The Pow Wows (Toronto)

                                                  Power Pop-A-Licious II is sponsored by Empress Hotel, Revenge of the 80s Radio, The Vinyl District Generation Records, One Chord Progression and The Beat Army

                                                  Adam Ant begins North American Tour

                                                  Adam Ant begins North American Tour

                                                    For the first time in 17 years, Adam Ant will perform live west of the Atlantic Ocean as he starts his 2012 North American tour on September 13th. He and his band, The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse, will play 22 dates on the swing through October 20th , which will include stops in sunny Orlando, Chicago’s Cubby Bear and party bingo capital Las Vegas.

                                                    Anticipating fans had to wait longer than they first expected to see Ant live in the US, as he had to postpone his original dates earlier in the year due to production setbacks while trying to record new music. Recently, Ant announced that he will be available for special VIP “Meet and Greet” options after his shows in New York City, San Francisco and Anaheim.

                                                    Ant scored several international hits as both a solo artist and frontman for Adam and the Ants, including “Ant Music,” “Stand and Deliver” and “Strip.”

                                                    The tour starts in Los Angeles; here is the full list of dates:

                                                    • Sept. 13th – Los Angeles, CA, The Mayan
                                                    • Sept. 14th – Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock on the Strip
                                                    • Sept. 15th – San Diego, CA, 4th & B
                                                    • Sept. 19th – Austin, TX, Emo’s
                                                    • Sept. 21st – Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
                                                    • Sept. 22nd – Atlanta, GA, Music Midtown
                                                    • Sept. 24th – Tallahassee, FL, The Moon
                                                    • Sept. 25th – Jacksonville Beach, FL, Freebird Live
                                                    • Sept. 27th – Tampa, FL, Hard Rock Cafe
                                                    • Sept. 28th – Coconut Creek, FL, Seminole Casino
                                                    • Sept. 29th – Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
                                                    • Oct. 2nd – Richmond, VA, The National
                                                    • Oct. 3rd – Norfolk, VA, NorVa
                                                    • Oct. 5th – Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero Theatre
                                                    • Oct. 6th – New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre – Meet and Greet Available
                                                    • Oct. 8th – Boston, MA, Royale
                                                    • Oct. 11th – Pontiac, MI, The Crofoot Ballroom
                                                    • Oct. 13th – Chicago, IL, Cubby Bear
                                                    • Oct. 14th – Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
                                                    • Oct. 18th – San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom – Meet and Greet Available
                                                    • Oct. 19th – Ventura, CA, Ventura Theater
                                                    • Oct. 20th – Anaheim, CA, The Grove of Anaheim – Meet and Greet Available

                                                    South American band Brothers of Brazil will be the tour’s opening act.

                                                    The (English) Beat and The (Paul Collins) Beat to share stage on selected dates this fall

                                                    The (English) Beat and The (Paul Collins) Beat to share stage on selected dates this fall

                                                      The English Beat and The Paul Collins Beat will play a series of shows together this fall.This will be the first time Dave Wakeling’s Beat and Collins’ Beat share the stage for a mini-tour.

                                                      photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                                                      In a 2010 interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio, Collins joked about confusion on a date in Pittsburgh when the two Beats performed at venues practically across the street from each other. Now, the two will team up to play in major cities in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S.

                                                      Both bands are constantly playing live to full crowds around the world, with Wakeling’s crew performing classics and Collins having released The King of Power Pop in 2010. Both men are virtually synonymous with their selected genres of music: Wakeling’s ska and Collins’ power-pop. They each recorded major hits and have influenced musicians of their respective styles for decades.

                                                      The English Beat and Paul Collins Beat are scheduled to play 10 dates together:

                                                      • Oct 11 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
                                                      • Oct 12 – State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
                                                      • Oct 13 – The Center for Arts, Natick, MA
                                                      • Oct 14 – World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
                                                      • Oct 16 – Bb Kings, New York, NY
                                                      • Oct 18 – Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY
                                                      • Oct 19 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada
                                                      • Oct 20 – Hard Rock Café, Detroit Detroit, MI
                                                      • Oct 23 – Space, Evanston, IL
                                                      • Oct 24 – Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh, PA
                                                      • Oct 26 – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
                                                      • Oct 27 – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN

                                                      Ticket and tour information can be found here.

                                                      Collins is currently working on the upcoming Power-Pop-A-Licious II fest, slated for November 16th and 17th at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ.

                                                      Men Without Hats set to kick off fall tour on Sept. 5

                                                      Men Without Hats set to kick off fall tour on Sept. 5

                                                        Men Without Hats lead singer Ivan Doroschuk was not kidding when he said in a past interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio he had so much fun on his first U.S. tour in over 20 years in 2011 that he couldn’t wait to do it again. He is, and will hit the road beginning September 5th in San Diego. The band plans to play classics and songs from their new album, Love In the Age of War.

                                                        The touring band features Doroschuk,  Lou Dawson, James Love and new member Rachel Ashmore. Men Without Hats will tour the U.S, and Canada through December 1st, when they finish up in Boston. They will also play live in Costa Rica and Brazil. Here is the full list of tour dates:

                                                        • Sep 5 San Diego, CA – 4th & B Concert Theater
                                                        • Sep 6 Las Vegas, NV – Henderson Pavilion
                                                        • Sep 8 Costa Rica – Estadio Saprissa
                                                        • Sep 12 Lima, Peru – Discoteca Gotica
                                                        • Sep Oct 24 Vancouver, BC – Venue
                                                        • Oct 25 Kelowna, BC – Blue Gratto
                                                        • Oct 27 Calgary, AB – Hi Fi
                                                        • Oct 28 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
                                                        • Oct 30 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
                                                        • Oct 31 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid
                                                        • Nov 2 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
                                                        • Nov 3 North Bay, ON -
                                                        • Nov 7 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
                                                        • Nov 8 Peterborough, ON – The Venue
                                                        • Nov 9 Montreal , PQ – Club Soda
                                                        • Nov 10 Quebec City, PQ – Le Cercle
                                                        • Nov 13 London, ON – Call The Office
                                                        • Nov 14 Hamilton, ON – Studio Theater
                                                        • Nov 15 St.Catherine’s, ON – L3
                                                        • Nov 17 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
                                                        • Nov 18 Chicago, IL – Mayne Stage
                                                        • Nov 20 Orlando, FL – The Social
                                                        • Nov 21 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
                                                        • Nov 23 Miami, FL – Grand Central
                                                        • Nov 24 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s
                                                        • Nov 25 Durham, NC – Motorco
                                                        • Nov 27 Bordentown, NJ – Open Arts Stage
                                                        • Nov 28 Philadelphia, PA – Sellersville Theater
                                                        • Nov 29 Washington, DC – State Theater
                                                        • Nov 30 New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
                                                        • Dec 1 Boston, MA – Showcase Live

                                                        Listen to Doroschuk’s September 2011 interview on Revenge of the 80s here; his June 2012 appearance on Revenge of the 80s (on Love In the Age of War) can be heard here.

                                                        NIkki Corvette to kick off 'Summertime Fun' European tour on July 7

                                                        NIkki Corvette to kick off ‘Summertime Fun’ European tour on July 7

                                                          Power-Punk Queen Nikki Corvette will be heading to Europe for her Summertime Fun 2012 tour.  Fresh off recording new tracks “I’m Stronger” and “Hot Sun,” Corvette will perform live for 14 straight days at venues in Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

                                                          The Summertime Fun Tour 2012 dates:

                                                          • 07/07 SAT – House of Rock Night at Tivoli – Moss (NO)
                                                          • 08/07 SUN – Help!! (Norway, Denmark, anywhere fly in)
                                                          • 09/07 MON – Help!! (Denmark) 
                                                          Blondie, Devo, to co-headline 'Whip It to Shreds’ tour

                                                          Blondie, Devo, to co-headline ‘Whip It to Shreds’ tour

                                                            Two iconic bands of the new wave era will co-headline a tour together. Blondie and Devo will play 13 dates for their “Whip It to Shreds” concert series in September.

                                                            The two groups kick off their tour on September 7th in Woodville, Washington and will perform through September 26th in Chicago with stops in places including Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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                                                            Original Blondie members Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Barker and newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen will share the bill with Devo co-founders Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale plus tour drummer Jeff Friedl. They will play a mix of classic songs and their recent work. Tickets are available here; the tour dates are:

                                                            • September 7 Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle
                                                            • September 8 Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater
                                                            • September 10 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
                                                            Paul Collins Beat headlines Generation Records (NYC) Record Store Day 2012 event

                                                            Paul Collins Beat headlines Generation Records (NYC) Record Store Day 2012 event

                                                              Paul Collins Beat - photo by Elizabeth Lynch

                                                              With several albums and hit songs under his belt, The Beat founder Paul Collins remembers how important the local record store was and still is to our culture and to musicians. Collins and The Beat headlined a lineup of local rockers at Greenwich Village’s landmark Generation Records to show support as part of National Independent Record Store Day.

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