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New Romantic and Blitz Kids icon Steve Strange dies at 55

New Romantic and Blitz Kids icon Steve Strange dies at 55


    Visage co-founder, New Romantic pioneer and former Blitz Club host Steve Strange passed away on Thursday after a heart attack while in a hospital in Egypt. He was 55.

    Read more on our Examiner page.

    Listen to our 2014 interview with Steve.

    Revenge of the 80s welcomes two new affiliates

    Revenge of the 80s welcomes two new affiliates

      radioone-hobart     Revenge of the 80s Radio is happy to welcome two new radio affiliates: Radio One Hobart in Hobart, Tazmania and Vienna International Radio (Internet Radio Station) in Vienna, Australia.

      Radio One Hobart expands our audience in Australia and offers listeners around the world to catch its signal on its web broadcast. The station features a variety of music, and bills as Hobart’s all-request station. viennaradio

      Vienna International Radio is a unique station serving the city’s English-speaking community featuring news from the US and UK plus music, information, features, views, interviews and topical items that will be of interest to the city’s international community.

      Radio One Hobart’s Facebook Page:

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      Our week of 12/5 show with Jim Paterson of Dexys is up

      Our week of 12/5 show with Jim Paterson of Dexys is up


        Our 12/7 show podcast/syndication edit is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week on Revenge of the 80s Radio, Dexys trombone player “Big Jim” Paterwson is back on with us. Paterson will talk about a drive he and his wife, Sandra, are working with to help raise money for young Brody Armstrong. The four-year-old suffers from a sever case of autism and needs a sensory room. The Patersons and Dexys fans led the charge and raised a large amount of money. Paterson donated several autographed ties and one of his trombones (the trombone was put up for auction and raised 450 pounds). Read more about that here.

        Affiliate Koast Radio is also running a fundraising event on-air to help Brody. We discuss all of that and Paterson offers up some Dexys news.   Our conversation leads off Hour 2.

        We will also play new music form Kate Pierson and Icehouse plus classics by XTC, Iggy Pop, Doug and the Slugs, The Hoodoo Gurus and many more.

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        Paul Collins' new album Feel the Noise released today, tour dates set

        Paul Collins’ new album Feel the Noise released today, tour dates set


          Paul Collins, originator and the de facto curator of Power Pop music, is out today with a new guitar-driven album showcasing the genre in its purest form once again. Feel the Noise, produced by Jim Diamond (who also plays bass and guitar on the record) is Collins’ latest offering after the aptly-titled 2011 King of Power Pop.

          Read more and get the tour dates in our artivle in The Examiner.

          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!


            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 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

            Thomas Dolby tours the U.S. to screen his new "Invisible Lighthouse" film

            Thomas Dolby tours the U.S. to screen his new “Invisible Lighthouse” film


              After taking fans on an adventure through his 2011 album, A Map of the Floating City, Thomas Dolby brings another new experience to his fans with a newly-produced film and live presentation in a 20-city tour of the U.S. beginning on October 24th at the Trodadero Theater in Philadelphia.’

              Dolby centers the movie, The Invisible Lighthouse, around the Oxfordness Lighthouse along the U.K.’s North Sea coastline. The structure is on a…

              Red more on our Examiner page!

              Revenge of the 80s Radio welcomes new affiliate: TKO Replay

              Revenge of the 80s Radio welcomes new affiliate: TKO Replay


                Revenge of the 80s Radio is happy to welcome our newest radio affiliate, TKO Replay, of the TKO Radio famly. TKO Radio is one of the world’s top internet radio stations, offering a wide cariety of music from popular tracks to alternative cuts. Based out of Spain and the UK, we will broadcast on TKO Replay beginning in October.

                Julie Brown's "Homecoming Queen" to become a musical

                Julie Brown’s “Homecoming Queen” to become a musical

                  Julie Brown is getting ready to bring to the stage a musical based on her hit song, “The Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun.” The singer/writer/comedienne plans to premiere the production in August at The Cavern Club in Silverlake, California.

                  Brown says she wanted to turn her signature track into a musical for a while:

                  I’ve always wanted to make it into a musical, it just took a lot time for me to have the time to devote to doing that, and to figure out how to make [the Debbie shooting] not upsetting

                  This will be Brown’s first live musical; she is, however, no stranger to full-length features, having the movies “Earth Girls Are Easy” and “Attack of the 5′ 2″ Women” among her writing credits as well as the television series “Strip Mall.”

                  Brown is collaborating on the project with Filmmaker Kurt Koehler, a partnership inspired when Brown saw his “Chico’s Angels” show: “I went to see his show and thought it was hilarious and campy, exactly the right tone for ‘Homecoming Queen'”

                  While there are no set plans to take the show on the road, that could be a plan for the future as Brown says she would be open to the idea. Still, the rowdy redhead is working on another project: A stage version of “Earth Girls Are Easy” with original music, which she plans to have ready in 2014.

                  Fans can follow the progress of “Homecoming Queen” on a new Twitter account: .

                  Julie Brown also says she will once again appear as “Paula” on the 100th episode of “The Middle” in its next season.

                  Devo percussionist Alan Myers dies

                  Devo percussionist Alan Myers dies

                    One of the new wave movement’s most defining drummers passed on Monday. Alan Myers, who joined Devo in 1976 and was with the band for a decade, died from brain cancer.

                    Myers’ craftiness on the skins was both subtle and startling to music fans of the era, as he could not only anchor the band but create rhythms as well. He was a true percussionist, rather than a drummer, who could make an already jaunty/quirky tune more jaunty and quirky.

                    He joined Devo shortly before the group’s “Q: Are We Not Men, A: We Are Devo” album was released and remained through their ascension coinciding with that of MTV. While it would be nearly impossible to pick out a few songs as his best, perhaps most music lovers across the fandom spectrum will always remember Myers’ performances on “Girl U Want” and  Devo’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.”

                    Myers’ death was first reported by longtime friend, musician Ralph Carney, who posted on his Facebook page:

                    I just got some bad news. Alan Myers passed yesterday from cancer. he was Devo’s best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. i cry

                    After Myers left Devo, he did remain with the music scene in Los Angeles, working with a number of bands including the most recent, Skyline Electric, fronted by his wife.

                    New album from Visage set for U.S. release

                    New album from Visage set for U.S. release

                      New Romantic pioneers Visage will release their fourth studio album, Hearts and Knives, in the U.S. on June 11th. It will be the band’s first set of new music made public since 1984.

                      “It has been 29 years since the last Visage album and during that period it often seems like we have all lived through several lifetimes,” says lead singer Steve Strange, who founded the band with Rusty Egan and Midge Ure.

                      Hearts and Knives features the vintage Visage sound, which propelled the group to international acclaim with their biggest singles, “Fade to Grey,” “Mind of a Toy” and “Night Train.” According to a press release, the album will include collaborations and contributions from Dave Formula (former Visage and Magazine keyboard player), Mick MacNeil (the former keyboard player and creative musical core of Simple Minds), ’80s super producer Youth, Rich Mowatt and Logan Sky.

                      The U.S. CD song list includes a bonus track:

                      1 Never Enough
                      2 Shameless Fashion
                      3 She’s Electric (Coming Around)
                      4 Hidden Sign
                      5 On We Go
                      6 Dreamer I Know
                      7 Lost In Static
                      8 I Am Watching
                      9 Diaries Of A Madman
                      10 Breathe Life
                      11 Shameless Fashion – The Extended Mix (Bonus Track Exclusive to U.S. CD)

                      The Divinyls' Christina Amphlett dead at 53 after battling breast cancer, MS

                      The Divinyls’ Christina Amphlett dead at 53 after battling breast cancer, MS

                        After a long fight with breast cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, singer Christina Amphlett of the Divinyls passed away at her New York home yesterday. She was 53.

                        Amphlett announced to her fans she had multiple sclerosis in 2007 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Her husband of 14 years, musician Charley Drayton, released the news in a statement on Sunday, April 21:

                        “Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity… Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”

                        Amphlett was best known for her distinct vocal style fronting the Divinyls, which she co-founded with ex-Air Supply members Mark McEntree and Jeremy Paul. They found success quickly as “Boys In Town,” a song they recorded for the movie “Monkey Grip,” reached the top 10 on the Australian singles chart in 1981. They would score several hits in their native Australia throughout the 80s including “Science Fiction,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Good Die Young.” With those tracks, they earned airplay on top alternative stations in the US. “Science Fiction” was named one of the top 30 Australian Singles of all-time by Australian Performing Right Association.

                        Their breakthrough hit, “Pleasure and Pain,” won the band their most prominent international attention to date in 1987. Four years later, they would achieve chart success around the world with the hit “I Touch Myself.” Amphlett and McEntree’s most recent single was “Don’t Wanna Do this,” recorded in 2007 after the group was inducted into the ARIA hall of Fame.

                        In March 2012, the singer posted a heartfelt status to her fans on her Facebook page:

                        Unfortunately the last 18 months have been a real challenge for me having breast cancer and MS and all the new places that will take you.You become sadly a patient in a world of waiting rooms,waiting sometimes hours for a result or an appointment and you spend a lot time in cold machines like MRI,CT machines,hospital beds,on your knees praying for miracles,operating rooms,tests after tests,looking at healthy people skip down the street like you once did and you took it all for granted and now wish you could do that.
                        I have not stopped singing throughout all this in my dreams and to be once again performing and doing what I love to do.I have been writing the occasional song with a wonderful collaborator Kraig Jarret and two weeks ago we performed some of those songs in NYC in the West Village.My illnesses have really exhausted this little body of mine that I have thrown from one end of a stage to another and performed thousands of shows thats sadly some of you missed.With that said I am getting stronger but there is still some fine tuning and work to be done on myself.It’s a different self but my voice is strong and not affected by the MS as some reviewers have cruelly reported.I can walk altho sometimes I wobble but try to wobble with the beat.I look after myself and my husband has been through this with me every part of the way and I cannot imagine what I would have done without him and his kindness.I did something right.My lttle dog Holiday lays on the end of the bed when I am not feeling great and doesn’t leave my side.I don’t reach out to people and talk about what I go through as we are all going through something and for someone who once was fancy free I have all of this in my life “So I Know”.I am grateful to have the knowledge that all of this has shown me and I feel privledged that I am strong enough to “know” and share that it’s really alright.I will sing again,I will perform again but this time “I know” I hope you understand what I mean and if you don’t you will one day and be grateful.Yes Lawrence What A Life and this is Life.We must never be afraid.

                        Amphlett’s distinct voice was both unmatchable and unforgettable. She was as sensual as she was strong when performing in her videos and will be greatly missed. Revenge of the 80s will play a block of Divinyls music in honor of her passing.

                        Spandau Ballet movie, book in the works

                        Spandau Ballet movie, book in the works

                          Spandau Ballet announced today on their website that the group will be featured in an upcoming documentary film.

                          While little details are out as of the publishing of this post, the title will be: Soul Boys of the Western World: Spandau Ballet – the Movie. If all goes to plan, it will be in theaters in 2014.

                          The announcement comes only a day after the band, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, made available a limited number of special 2020 lithographs of the “True” album artwork with hand-signed autographs from its members on each.

                          Update: Spandau Ballet announced they will release a special edition 2-CD set re-release of their 1983 “True” album to celebrate their hit title track’s 30th anniversary complete with remixes and previously-unreleased music. Fans will also be treated to a free Spandau Ballet App (available on April 26).

                          In addition, Genesis Publications plans to unveil a picture book chronicling Spandau Ballet’s history and rise to iconic status. For more details, visit our Examiner page

                          Kate Bush honored with CBE award

                          Kate Bush honored with CBE award

                            Kate Bush today was honored in a special ceremony as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. A medal was bestowed upon the singer today by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

                            Bush received the CBE for her services to music throughout her career, which began in 1978 with her first album, The Kick Inside, after begin discovered by respected rocker David Gilmour. In a statement she released on her official website, the singer dedicated the medal to her family and music collaborators:

                            I feel incredibly thrilled to receive this honor which I share with my family, friends and fellow musicians and everyone who has been such an important part of it all. Now I’ve got something really special to put on top of the Christmas tree. The ‘everyone’ in the quote above of course includes all of you.  Thank you so very much for all your fantastic support and encouragement.  I feel extremely privileged to still have an audience.  It’s you that have made my work, which would otherwise have just been creative projects, into a success.

                            Bush’s career is highlighted by several awards for her videos and music. Her most memorable songs include “Running Up That Hill,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Babooska,” “This Woman’s Work” and “The Man With the Child in His Eyes,’ which she wrote at age sixteen.

                            Her most recent album, the award-winning 50 Words For Snow, was recorded and released in 2011.

                            Camper Van Beethoven announce new US & Europe tour dates, unveil new video

                            Camper Van Beethoven announce new US & Europe tour dates, unveil new video

                              Camper Van Beethoven announced their upcoming spring U.S. and European tour dates to support their newest album, “La Costa Perdida,” The band also released their video for “Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out” today.

                              CVB will tour the nation with Dave Lowery’s other band, Cracker, beginning in the U.S. on May 4 with a Cracker-only show in Memphis:

                              May 04 Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN (Cracker only)
                              May 9 The Firebird, St. Louis MO (Camper Van Beethoven only)
                              May 10 The Cubby Bear, Chicago IL
                              May 11 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI
                              May 12 The Intersection, Grand Rapids MI
                              May 16 State Theatre, Falls Church VA
                              May 17 Earthfest Pre-Party, Cavern Club @ Hard Rock Cafe, Boston, MA (Cracker only)
                              May 18 Earthfest, Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston, MA
                              May 26 Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellvue CO (Cracker only w/ Roger Clyne & Peacemakers and The Hickman Dalton Gang)
                              May 24 Barkley Ballroom, Frisco CO (Cracker only)
                              Jun 14 The Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO
                              Jun 15 Whittle The Woods, Craig CO (Cracker only)
                              Jun 21 The Windjammer, Isle Of Palms SC (Cracker only)
                              Jun 22 Athfest, Athens GA (Cracker only)
                              Jul 19 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz CA
                              Sep 12 Campout 9 at Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown CA
                              May 9 The Firebird, St. Louis MO (Camper Van Beethoven only)
                              May 10 The Cubby Bear, Chicago IL
                              May 11 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI
                              May 12 The Intersection, Grand Rapids MI
                              May 16 State Theatre, Falls Church VA
                              May 17 Earthfest Pre-Party, Cavern Club @ Hard Rock Cafe, Boston, MA (Cracker only)
                              May 18 Earthfest, Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston, MA
                              May 26 Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellvue CO (Cracker only w/ Roger Clyne & Peacemakers and The Hickman Dalton Gang)
                              May 24 Barkley Ballroom, Frisco CO (Cracker only)

                              The bands will then head to Europe for the following performances:

                              May 29 Dingwalls – London England
                              May 30 The Haunt – Brighton England
                              May 31 Deaf Institute – Manchester England
                              Jun 01King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow, Scotland
                              Jun 02 Musikbunker- Aachen Germany
                              Jun 03 Brotfabrik – Frankfurt Germany
                              Jun 05 Chelsea – Vienna Austria
                              Jun 06 Feierwerk – Munich Germany
                              Jun 07 The Palace – St Gallen Switzerland
                              Jun 08 Museumskeller – Erfurt Germany
                              Jun 09 Privatclub – Berlin Germany
                              Jun 10 Nachtasyl – Hamburg Germany

                              Then, they will perform stateside again:

                              Jun 14 The Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO
                              Jun 15 Whittle The Woods, Craig CO (Cracker only)
                              Jun 21 The Windjammer, Isle Of Palms SC (Cracker only)
                              Jun 22 Athfest, Athens GA (Cracker only)

                              The band’s publicist, Tony Bonyata of Pavement PR, said in a press release that the band will set up additional dates.

                              Their new video, for “Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out,” is a quite somber one, featuring Lowery in a hooded sweater and the rest of the band playing at various scenic places. The video carefully reflects the ballad’s mood as Lowery hides his face slightly as he conveys the mix of sadness, defeat and honesty in the lyrics. After a mix of location shots and driving sequences, the video ends (interestingly) at a port-a-potty. While that last image could have reflected the sobriety of the track, Jonathan Segel steps out of the commode with a bit of a smile and offering a rousing thumbs-up.

                              The video is available on CVB’s Youtube channel:

                              Annette Funicello's mark in classic alternative music history

                              Annette Funicello’s mark in classic alternative music history

                                While many are mourning the loss of one of America’s sweethearts, Annette Funicello, today. We will fondly remember her for several things: her brave battle with Multiple Sclerosis, repeats of her 60s beach movies with Frankie Avalon and her energetic Skippy peanut butter commercials, the Mickey Mouse Club among them. Still, it was this special duet with Fishbone for her and Avalon’s Back to the Beach Movie, “Jamaica Ska” that will always come to mind whenever I think of her:

                                This well-performed duet forever enshrined Funicello, a well-loved actress and singer,  into classic alternative music history  —  and all of music history  —   as part of one of the oddest pairings of performers to record a song together.

                                Annette Funicello passed away this morning at age 70. We will miss you, but watching this video and hearing you sing will always make us smile. Rest in peace, from us at Revenge of the 80s Radio.

                                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,

                                  Depeche Mode releases 'Delta Machine'

                                  Depeche Mode releases ‘Delta Machine’

                                    Keeping to their two-decades old tradition of releasing a new album every four years, Depeche Mode‘s 13th studio album is now available in North America.

                                    In “Delta Machine”  Andy Fletcher Martin Gore,  and Dave Gahan reach back to their early 80s roots with raw, catchy synthesizer hooks along with some interesting differences.

                                    Those who enjoyed the group’s early years will pleasantly take in “Delta Machine,” as most of the tracks’ vocals are not heavily processed and a keyboard sound much like that of the early models they used to record with. The synthesizer effects range from percussive, as in “Welcome to My World,” to the spacey “My Little Universe” and “Always” to the smooth “Slow.” “Delta Machine” also features some unexpected styles from Depeche Mode: the somewhat bluesy “Alone” and the mellow 70s pop-sounding “Heaven.” The vintage sounds willsatisfy Depeche Mode’s earliest fans while the subtle dissensions add to the band’s overall mystique.

                                    You can pick up “Delta Machine” here.

                                    Here is DM’s Youtube video based on the making of “Delta Machine:”

                                    Editorial: Thoughts on the Michelle Shocked situation

                                    Editorial: Thoughts on the Michelle Shocked situation

                                      By now you have heard what went down at Yoshii’s in San Fransisco with Michelle Shocked during her Sunday, March 17 show there. Our host, Chris Cordani, takes a look at the situation from several angles, including the hysteria that followed her comments, on our Examiner page.

                                      Click here to read the commentary.

                                      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.

                                        Did Iman hint of a Bowie tour to a fashion mag?

                                        Did Iman hint of a Bowie tour to a fashion mag?

                                          Ears around the world rang after reports of David Bowie’s supermodel wide, Iman, inadvertently hinting of a possible tour during an interview with a UK-based fashion magazine.

                                          In Grazia, Imam is quoted as saying:

                                          We have a 12 year old in school, so we are stuck, we can’t travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don’t know. We’ll have to go visit him, but we won’t be on tour with him because she’s in school.

                                          This comes just a week after Bowie released his new album, The Next Day.
                                          Not long ago, Rolling Stone Magazine published the singer’s guitarist, Gerry Leanoard, telling their writer that there is a 50/50 chance of him touring in support of his new music.
                                          Bowie surprised fans by quietly putting out “Where Are We Now,” his first new release since 2003’s Reality album,  on March 8, his 66th birthday.
                                          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.

                                            `Tony Hadley, Kim Wilde play sky high to set a new record

                                            `Tony Hadley, Kim Wilde play sky high to set a new record

                                              Credit: from The Guardian – Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA

                                              80s icons Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde hopped a British Airways plane on Sunday to play an acoustic gig for fliers and staff. They set a world record as they performed at an altitude of 43.000 feet.

                                              With help from Bananarama and Go West, Wilde and Hadley put on the show to benefit Comic Relief. The previous record was 42,080 feet in the air, set by James Blunt.

                                              Hadley says of the feat: “I’m very excited to be in the Guinness Book of Records, it’s quite an amazing feat to be part of.”

                                              British Airways has partnered with Comic Relief in fundraising efforts for many years, raising £4.5 million with their efforts.

                                              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.

                                                      Kid Creole & the Coconuts new video: 'In a Place Like This'

                                                      Kid Creole & the Coconuts new video: ‘In a Place Like This’

                                                        Kid Creole and the Coconuts today released the video for their new single, “In a Place Like This,” featuring August Darnell portraying a worried fellow, warning a young lady about her going down the wrong path.

                                                        Scenes change from Darnell singing in a snowy field to a well-groomed pathway to a dank garbage-filled alleyway. As for the assortment of fine suits and hats, the Kid does not disappoint longtime fans in that department.

                                                        Darnell’s performance is impressive, as he looked genuinely affected and disappointed as he was playing a fatherly character to the young girl in the video. He showed a more dramatic side to his persona, which was historically best-known for doing things most men would not be able to get away with in real life.  He projected a combination of sadness and a slight degree of helplessness while observing the girl constantly argue with her mother and  frequent sleazy drug-filled clubs. Still, at the end, he takes a stronger tone as if to give a final warning and enlighten the young lady to the shame she will feel if she continues her chosen lifestyle.

                                                        Elements of the video’s post-production add to the drama of “In a Place Like This.” Well-placed cuts, sepia filters and an slight blurring effect (around 2:55 into the video) bring an extra level of emotion into the brilliantly-sung track.

                                                        “In a Place Like This” is the second new track Darnell has released in 2013. The track is available via download on

                                                        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.

                                                          Kid Creole's new single: "In a Place Like This"

                                                          Kid Creole’s new single: “In a Place Like This”

                                                            As he announced weeks back, August “Kid Creole” Darnell has been working on some quite inspired new music. Shortly after releasing “Muchachacha,” Darnell came out of the studio with his latest single, “In a Place Like This.”

                                                            The Kid combines his swanky classic vocal style with a smooth falsetto, sometimes switching off and other times putting them together in melodic harmony. The soft background beats belie the sleazy dive of a club that he is singing about to a lady who took retreat there with a large amount of alcohol.

                                                            Unlike his 80s persona,  Kid Creole is not hitting on babes with the song or trying to weasel out of something. He is the good guy here, trying to rescue a lady from the seedy scene. He leads off with a description, piquing listeners’ imaginations: “In a corner there’s a bar/Barman has a bloody scar/very sleazy, weazy-queasy/In the toilet there’s a ragged fool/selling coke and acting cool/pretty icky, awful, sickly”

                                                            “In a Place Like This” is available through several digital outlets and Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ website.

                                                            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.

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