This is did not occur in the ’80s, but this was performed by an ’80s icon – Whitney Houston.
“The Star Spangled Banner” was performed by Houston at Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991. The game ended up being historic, with poor Scott Norwood missing the game winning field goal in the end.
This performance of the National Anthem is considered to be one of the best performances of all time.
On a personal note, I missed this game as I was serving in the Persian Gulf, right in the middle of Desert Storm. When I got back home, the cassingle was still out, and I made sure I got it. And I had seen this performance later on.
In honor of Ace Frehley’s 60th birthday today, this week’s selection is “I Love It Loud”, which was the last Kiss video that featured Frehley:
“I Love It Loud”, which came off of Kiss’ 1982 album, Creatures of the Night. This was also the last video that featured Kiss in their famous make-up before unmasking in 1983. This was also the last Kiss single to feature Simmons on lead vocals until “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You II” in 1991, and the last to feature Simmons as the sole lead vocalist until “Unholy” in 1992. He was however the lead singer of every song on the ‘B’ side of every single they did through the “Crazy Nights” album.
This week’s selection is “Calling On You” by Stryper:
I always loved this Christian glam metal band. Their music always made me feel good. The music itself rocks, and Michael Sweet’s vocals are incredible. “Calling On You” was the first song I heard by them, and it is still one of my favorites. It came off of their second album, To Hell With the Devil, which is a great album. I don’t think my parents were too happy about me owning an album with the words “Hell” and “Devil” in it. But, it was a cool album name, which drew attention. The album was released in 1986, and was both the first Contemporary Christian and Christian metal album to achieve Platinum status, selling over one million copies. It remains the best-selling Christian metal album of all time.
This week’s selection is in honor of the 60th birthday of E Street Band drummer, Max Weinberg – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s “Dancing in the Dark”:
Of course, this video is best remembered for the appearance of Courteney Cox as a fan who is invited on stage by Springsteen, and dances with him. The video was filmed in June 1984 at the St. Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, before and during the initial show of the Born in the U.S.A. Tour.
The video got constant airplay on MTV when it was released. This was the introduction to Bruce Springsteen for most of us who grew up in the ’80s.
This weekend’s selection is in honor of my two favorite baseball team home openers today – The New York Mets, and the Boston Red Sox (a.k.a. The Miami Heat of MLB) – John Fogerty’s hit “Centerfield”:
“Centerfield” is the title track from John Fogerty’s album Centerfield, Fogerty’s first solo album after a nine-year absence. Fogerty wrote “Centerfield” after watching the 1984 Major League Baseball All-Star Game from the bleachers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. His seat was behind center field.
I especially liked “Centerfield” because I was the starting centerfielder for my baseball team when the song was first released. The song can still be heard playing between innings at all baseball fields across America.
This week’s selections are in honor of the tour just recently announced – Def Leppard and Heart.
First up is Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages”:
This is one of my favorite songs by Def Leppard. I saw Def Leppard in concert in 2003 in Providence, Rhode Island after they released their X album – and it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. They played at least one song from each of their albums. They almost left this song off of their playlist.
Many of you may or may not be familiar with the tragedy that occurred on February 20, 2003, at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. I am not going to go into details, but 100 people were killed when Great White was playing there, and their pyrotechnics started a fire that killed 100 people, and injured many more.
Well, at the Def Leppard concert, before they played this song Joe Elliot stopped the show, and said that they had met with burn victims from the fire before the concert. They said that they would leave the song out, [probably due to the lines: Rise up! Gather round
Rock this place to the ground
Burn it up let’s go for broke
Watch the night go up in smoke]
Apparantly, the victims would not hear of it, and told the band to play the song. It was very emotional. And I remember seeing one of the burn victims (it was very obvious) in the aisle jumping up and down all excited while the song played. I will never forget it. It is amazing how much music can lift your spirits no matter what you are going through.
I don’t have a Heart story, and I have not seen them in concert yet. Maybe that will change this year. Here is one of my favorite songs by them – “Alone”:
This week’s selection is “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot:
“Cum On Feel the Noize” was released by Quiet Riot on August 27, 1983. It was a cover of the 1973 Slade hit. The song spent two weeks at #5 on the Billboard chart in November 1983. It was the first heavy metal song to make the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart (a.k.a.Pop Chart). The success of the single helped carry Metal Health to the top of Billboard pop album charts, making it the first American heavy metal debut album to ever reach #1 in the U.S. It was #1 on November 26, 1983, making Quiet Riot the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit and #1 album the same week.
The song was so successful, Quiet Riot remade another Slade song -“”Mama Weer All Crazee Now” – from the band’s 1984 album, Condition Critical.
The band faded away as the ’80s wore on.
On November 25, 2007, The Vegas Eye reported on its website that DuBrow had been found dead that day in his house in Las Vegas.
Initial reports were confirmed by local authorities and reported by major news outlets on November 26, 2007. The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of cocaine. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that he had died about six days before his discovery, November 19, 2007.
A new version of Quiet Riot has gotten together. Most of the classic lineup is intact – Frankie Banali on drums, Chuck Wright on bass, Alex Grossi on guitar and newcomer Mark Huff on vocals (formerly of Van Halen tribute band 5150). The band has sought the blessings of the DuBrow family (DuBrow’s mother encouraged Banali to revive the band), has recorded new versions of classic hits with Huff singing, and is seeking to do a full US tour.
FRI 3/4/2011 TEMPE, AZ – CLUB RED
FRI 3/11/2011 BATESVILLE, IN – WALHILL FARM
SAT 3/12/2011 DAYTON, OH – McGUFFY’S HOUSE OF ROCK
FRI 3/18/2011 FARGO, ND – THE HUB
SAT 3/19/2011 MEDINA, MN – MEDINA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
FRI 4/29/2011 MELBOURNE, AU – THE PALACE
SAT 4/30/2011 ACT, AU – ANU BAR
MON 5/2/2011 AUCKLAND, NZ – THE POWERSTATION
THU 5/5/2011 ADELAIDE, AU – HQ COMPLEX
FRI 5/6/2011 PERTH, AU – METRO CITY
SAT 5/7/2011 BRISBANE, AU – THE TIVOLI
SUN 5/8/2011 SYDNEY, AU – THE METRO
SAT 5/14/2011 LAS VEGAS, NV – SUNSET STATION CASINO
FRI 5/20/2011 ST CHARLES, IL – THE ARCADA THEATER
SAT 5/21/2011 JANESVILLE, WI – THE BACK BAR
THU 6/16/2011 DES MOINES, IA – VAL AIR BALLROOM
FRI 6/17/2011 SIOUX CITY, IA – AWESOME BIKER NIGHTS
SAT 10/1/2011 AKRON, OH – TANGIERS
We’ve already reported that Leppard will release their first live album in May, which will contain “three new studio tracks,” according to an interview guitarist Phil Collen did at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim last month.
A Leppard box set is in the works, guitarist Vivian Campbell told Rush On Rock last month. “There are plans for a career-encompassing box set. It will happen but we need to sort a few things out contractually. As it happens we’re talking to our old label Universal about re-signing with them.”
There’s also been rumors about a summer US tour with Kansas and Heart.
We’ll wait for official word from the Leppard camp on this, to see if the “major news’ is any, or all, of the above three items.