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Friends and fans of former Plimsouls singer and band founder Peter Case have put together a fund and are working on a benefit concert to raise money for him as he recovers from his emergency heart surgery in January. The Hidden Love Relief Fund has been established to help pay for Case’s heavy medical bills as he is one of the millions of Americans without health insurance.

Classic Alternative Band Devo is auctioning a custom one-of-a-kind bicycle online with 100% of the proceeds going to the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation to fight cancer.

Major dates on the Regeneration Tour 2009 are set with more expected to be confirmed soon according to concert promoters Red Entertainment on the Tour’s Official Website.
The lineup features ABC, Cutting Crew, Wang Chung and Heaven 17. Berlin featuring Terri Nunn will play at several of the locations as well.

This week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show (3/7) will feature a conversation with Adriana Kaegi, a founding member of the influential Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Kaegi is diversely talented in music, choreography, costume design, marketing and business. We will talk about her career, her soon-to-be-released album — TAG — and her recently-completed documentary DVD: “Kid Creole and My Coconuts.”

Tonight’s guest on Revenge of the 80s Radio will be Louise Robey, best known for her 1980s dance hits “One Night in Bangkok” and “Killer Instinct” as well as for the TV role of Micki Foster on Friday the 13th – The Series (Season 2 DVDs have been recently released). We will play some of Robey’s classic tracks, one from her band Louise and the Creeps and something from her soon-to-be-released collection. My conversation with Louise Robey leads off the second hour of the show.

Organizers for the 2009 Regeneration Tour added Cutting Crew to the concert series lineup, but received the unfortunate news that Men Without Hats were forced to withdraw.

The premiere performance of “Wrong” by Depeche Mode during the Echo Awards show on German TV Saturday, February 21st has been posted a few times on the internet. Below is one from

As Depeche Mode fans are gearing up for their long-awaited new studio album, “Sounds of the Universe,” the band announced the North American release date for their single, “Wrong” will be April 7th (April 4th in Europe)

The people at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s annual riverfront “Musikfest” announced the B-52s and Joan Jett will be featured acts on August 5th at the 10-day-long event

Lux Interior, co-founder of The Cramps died yesterday due to an existing heart condition. He was 62.

Interior, born Erick Lee Purhiser, with his wife and musical partner, Poison Ivy, introduced the Psychobilly sound to the New York music scene in the mid-70s, combining elements of alternative 50s rockabilly, early new wave, punk, roots rock and b-movie soundtrack Americana.

The man who taught us how to be “Cruel To Be Kind” and told us the story of “Half a Boy and Half a Man” — Nick Lowe — will release a new “Best of” Cd according to Yep Roc Records, who is allowing fans to order early

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January 27, 2009

We have refined some of the features on the Revenge of the 80s Radio website, including the completion of a second Interview Archives page, which features conversations with Terri Nunn, Andy Prieboy, Andy Taylor, Robin Lane and several others.

Canadian new wavers Men Without Hats will be one of the headliners of Regeneration Tour 2009. They will appear with ABC, Berlin (on select dates), Wang Chung and Heaven 17 as they perform throughout the U.S. between June 17 and July 16.

This will be a new feature, which will sporadically appear on our Revenge of the 80s Radio website, highlighting some of the interesting posts form other bloggers

Officials at the annual South by Southwest Music Festival, which takes place March 13-22 in Austin, added Devo as a headliner to the event

A musical master strikes again: Andy Prieboy has released three new tracks in addition to the five he previously put out, some of which were featured on Revenge of the 80s last month.

Alternative Country Music Legend Rodney Crowell has now been nominated for a Grammy award in three straight decades, joining a very short list of performers. The man who brought us such great albums as But What Will the Neighbors Think and Diamonds and Dirt is a finalist for “Best Folk/Americana Album” for his work on […]

The first 2009 Blondie tour dates are set, beginning on February 20th at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. After that, they head down the west coast according to the band’s official website. At this point, announced dates run only through February 27rh, 2009. The set concerts are listed on the Blondie […]

Gorevette, a collaboration of girl power-rockers Nikki Corvette and Amy Goire, will play their first live show together Friday night at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. They are on as part of the Grand Nationals’ 7-inch record release party as one of the opening acts. The full show begins at 8pm. Nikki Corvette‘s place […]

Robin Lane and several female rockers will serve as a panel for a special symposium hosted by the Institute for Musical Arts (IMA) on December 6th in Goshen, Massachusetts called “I Will $urvive: Making it in the Music Business.” Lane will be the keynote speaker for the all-day event which features a lineup of Rockgirl […]

The B-52s will be among the artists to be part of the NBC Network’s “Chime In” campaign. This is an interesting promotional effort by the big TV company as it brings in several musicians to add their own charms to the familiar “G-E-C” notes we heard since we were children. The B-52s are among the […]

The leader of the 80s girl band movement has teamed op with one of another top Detroit rocker to form a new superband: Gorevette. Nikki Corvette, known best as the leader of Nikki and the Corvettes, and Amy Gore, who started the Gore Gore Girls are now together with Bassist Lianna Castillo and drummer Al […]

While political pundits talk about what they call an historic U.S. election, music history will be made as well this week: Andy Prieboy‘s latest song, “Shine (Red Bead Follows Blue)” will premiere on this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show. Prieboy had recently released four tracks to his long-awaited collection; we reviewed them here. […]

Yep Roc Records announced that X founder John Doe has released a 5-song CD with each track being a version of his song “The Golden State.” Included in this collection is a live track and one recorded by 90s artist Eddie Vedder. At the time of this post, the CD is only available in independent […]

The all-girl metal band Girlschool is releasing a new album; it will be their first since guitarist/vocalist Kelly Johnson fell victim to cancer last year. [amazonify]B001F4T8X0[/amazonify] The CD, Legacy, is a special tribute to Johnson and will be out in Germany first on October 24th, then available in the UK October 27th and in the […]

New York Mets fans recently celebrated the last-ever game at their beloved Shea Stadium in Queens after a heart-breaking team collapse to close out the season. Even though the closing of their crosstown rivals’ stadium in The Bronx received more fanfare, Shea’s last days were not without fanfare. Billy Joel performed the final concert there […]

After we reviewed Andy Prieboy’s newest material on this website, I received an e-mail from Edwin Vacek, one of his biggest fans. He sent me a link to a video he compiled for Prieboy’s “Pricks Up Front” on YouTube. It is well done with excellent video editing and timing. I also applaud his being an […]

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Lynn Goldsmith twice on Revenge of the 80s Radio: once on her career as a photographer and director and once about her alter ego Will Powers. During those discussions we talked about Goldsmith’s upcoming exhibits and shows. One of them, “Rock and Roll,” begins October 2nd at […]

Here is a heads-up to fans of Strawberry Switchblade: every once in a while, Rose MacDowall sells some old clothes and/or memorabilia from her days in the band on eBay. She and a friend who helps with some of her internet presence will normally announce what’s up for auction on their MySpace Blog. At the […]


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