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Episode 20: Journey and Def Leppard 2018 Tour

We finally Return for another podcast episode! Paul traveled to Denver, Colorado. While there, Journey and Def Leppard were playing at Coors Field. After an awesome Journey set, Paul texted Robert to tell him about it. It turns out that Robert had seen the same show 2 nights earlier in Lincoln, Nebraska! So, a new podcast episode was born!

**WARNING: SPOILER ALERT IN THIS EPISODE!!!**
If you plan on seeing this concert, and want to be surprised with the set list, please come back after the show. Robert and Paul cover every song and solo played during this show.



– High School Reunion
– The Rhode Runner – Just for J 5k in Denver
– Oh, while I’m in Denver, I may as well go to the Journey and Def Leppard concert
– Crazy coincidence – 2 nights before Paul sees Journey and Def Leppard, Robert had seen the same concert in Lincoln, Nebraska
– The Pretenders opened for the show in Denver
– The Journey experience
– The Def Leppard experience
– Next up for Robert: Pat Benatar and Rick Springfield
– Paul wins an 80s Trivia contest from iHeart80s 103.7

You can get the rest of the tour dates from either Def Leppard or Journey.

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Episode 19: Rubix Kube/Trixter

This was absolute blast interviewing my favorite band – Rubix Kube. Two of the members of Rubix Kube is also 1/2 of Trixter. So, here are 2 interviews in 1 episode! First up is Cherie and Scott – the lead singers, and John, the drummer. Then the second interview is Steve Brown and PJ Farley the guitarist and bassist, respectively for both Rubix Kube and Trixter.

– Meet Cherie, Scott, and John
– How the band got started
– How the bad got it’s name
– Why Rubix Kube, and not Rubik’s Cube
– Choosing a set list
– You can request a song to be played
– Stage props
– The late, great David Z. got to justify his crazy 80s memorabilia collection
– Scott’s dad’s involvement with Jim Henson’s Muppets
Rubix Kube’s appearance on The Cake Boss
– Don’t eat fondant
– Where the band tours
– Played for the troops
– Don’t peek at the set list!
– Thanks to John, for putting this interview together
– Where did Animal go?
– Find the band online. Just misspell the name, and you’ll find them

– More Rubix Kube band members – who also happen to be members of the band Trixter – Steve Brown and PJ Farley
– Awesome debut album. Then came the dark period for all of us ’80s music fans – Grunge
– Other projects
– Reunited in 2008
– Yes, Paul just compared Trixter to Bon Jovi and Def Leppard
– New Audio Machine and Human Era
– Eric Martin and the Trixters. The guys tour with Mr. Big’s Eric Martin
– Maybe we will hear more from these guys
– Steve Brown’s tenure with Def Leppard – Do all those Mutt Parts

Rubix Kube articles on Return to the 80s:

“Cake Boss” goes ‘Back to the 80s’

Rubix Kube – My First ’80s Tribute Band Experience

Return to…The Kube!!

Rubix Kube 3: Return of the ’80s

You can check out and contact Rubix Kube at:

http://rubixkube.com/

Facebook

Twitter – @RubixKubeBand

Instagram – @RubixKubeBand

Also, you can follow Trixter on:
Facebook and Twitter – @trixterrocks

Any questions, comments, or feedback? Email us at returnoththe80s@gmail.com

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Episode 18: 80’s Rad Retro Run – Pre-Race with Toni McAlister

A new podcast episode is finally back up! My two worlds collide in this crossover episode – Return to the ’80s, and Journey of the Rhode Runner. I will be traveling to the Atlanta, Georgia area for the 80s Rad Retro Run, which is being held on May 5, 2018. I had the privilege and honor to speak with the race founder and race director, Toni McAlister. Come join us, as we discuss the history of this race, the great charity that it is for, the awesome 80s band that will playing live at the race, the cool cutting edge technology of the race chips. Oh and by the way, Toni is a huuuuge 80s fan! So we talk a lot of 80s as well.

– Meet Toni McAlister – 80’s Rad Retro Run organizer
– In the early days, the race was on a farm. Now it is on the grounds of a university
– How the 80’s theme and charity was decided
– Money raised to support rescuing women and children from human trafficking
– Kids sparked the idea
– The most awesome medals ever! Started with mini rubiks cubes. Now the medal is an actual cassette tape
– One of Atlanta’s top local bands, Wicked, will be playing at the race, and donated their services
– 80s talk – the best music evah!!
– Atlanta is the biggest hub for human trafficking
– Life of a race director
– Sponsors – Chuy’s and Big Peach
– Favorite music
– How Toni got Wicked to join in on the cause
– 80s movies
– 80s hijinks in Germany
– Things to do in Atlanta
– Trail running talk
– High tech chip timing
– Dress up in your 80s gear
– Ultra Hourly races

Visit https://tortoiseandthehareracing.racesonline.com/ to see the schedule of all the Tortoise and the Hare races, including the 80’s Rad Retro Run.

You can also follow the 80’s Rad Retro Race on Facebook
You can also follow all the Tortoise and the Hare races on Facebook

They can also be found on Instagram

And YouTube

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Episode 17: Glass Houses

Hi Everybody! Here is the Return of the Return to the ’80s podcast!

We welcome Scott Ryan back to the show. This is the first of our Billy Joel album series. The gang discusses the loss of Tom Petty. Then there is some Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination talk. We have our regular segments, Play This, Not That, featuring the other Piano Man, Remember That Song, and ’80s Trivia. Then we get into our main topic – Billy Joel’s Glass Houses album.


Show Notes

– Welcome back Scott Ryan, author of thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history (available at www.scottryanproductions.com), who last appeared on Episode 15.

News

– R.I.P. Tom Petty
– “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame nominees (https://www.rockhall.com/class-2018-nominees)

Play This, Not That

Instead of: “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues

Play “Kiss The Bride

Or “Healing Hands

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Last song:If You Leave” by OMD

New Song:

Some love is just a lie of the heart
The cold remains of what began as a passionate start

If you know the artist and song, you can email us at returnto80s@gmail.com with your answer.

’80s Trivia

Last Question: What was the name of the company Michael and Elliot owned in the first season of thirtysomething?

Answer: The Michael and Elliot Company

New Question: How many Friday the 13th movies were released in the ‘80s.

If you know the answer, you can email us at returnto80s@gmail.com with your answer.

Main topic: Glass Houses

You can click on the album cover to purchase the album or listen to it on Amazon:

1. “You May Be Right

2. “Sometimes a Fantasy

3. “Don’t Ask Me Why

4. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

5. “All for Leyna

6. “I Don’t Want to Be Alone

7. “Sleeping with the Television On

8. “C’était Toi (You Were the One)

9. “Close to the Borderline

10. “Through the Long Night


Closing

You can contact Scott at the following places:

@30somethingpod
Facebook
www.scottryanproductions.com

@bluerosemag1
bluerosemag.com

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Coming Soon – Podcast Episode 17

Hey everybody! The Return to the ’80s podcast is making it’s um, Return very soon. We will be recording Episode 17. It will be the first in our Billy Joel series, as we discuss and listen to Joel’s classic 1980 album, Glass Houses.

We would love to hear from you! What are your thoughts on Billy Joel? Have you seen him in concert? What are your favorite songs from the Glass Houses album? You can email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com, or leave a comment below, or visit us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Episode 16: Footloose


The Return to the ’80s Podcast is back! We return in a big way, talking about one of the most iconic ’80s movies. Robert and Paul are joined once again by Marissa (who last appeared on the ’80s Crushes episode). So come cut loose with Return to the ’80s, where dancing IS allowed, and join in on the discussion of this classic movie, and enjoy some great music along the way!


Opening

– Robert’s Tesla/Poison/Def Leppard concert review

– Marissa takes one for the team and reviews the Dirty Dancing television remake

– Danger Zone! Are we going to see an oiled up Val Kilmer? Top Gun sequel in the works.

Play This, Not That

Instead of “Danger Zone

Play “Nobody’s Fool (Theme from “Caddyshack II”)

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song
We’ve always had time on our sides
But now it’s fading fast
Every second
Every moment
We’ve got to, we’ve gotta make it last

‘80s Trivia

On the show thirtysomething, what was the name of the company Michael and Elliot owned in the first season?

Footloose

– Released February 17, 1984
– Made $80 million domestically with an $8 million budget

Cast

– Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack
– Lori Singer as Ariel Moore
– Chris Penn as Willard Hewitt
– Sarah Jessica Parker as Rusty
– John Lithgow as Reverend Shaw Moore
– Dianne Wiest as Vi Moore
– Jim Youngs as Chuck Cranston

– Directed by Herbert Ross
– Written by Dean Pitchford who also wrote or cowrote every song here

Fun Facts

– The dancing feet in the opening credit sequence contained many of the cast and crew. Over 150 different pairs of feet were shot. The dancer with the gold shoes was actually Kenny Loggins.

– The scenes where Chris Penn learns to dance were purposely added to the script because he really didn’t know how to dance!

– With the Principal’s knowledge, 24-year-old Kevin Bacon attended the Payson Utah High School as “Ren McCormack”, a transfer student from Philadelphia to get into his role. With his narrow tie and new-wave haircut, he was treated pretty much like in the film. Bacon gratefully left with the location scouts on the afternoon of the first day.

– Pecking order: Wyoming < Nebraska < Illinois

Movie Talk

– Opening scene
– Was that kid really sleeping? Reverend Shaw’s sermon
– Psycho? Rebel? You be the judge, while listening to Sammy Hagar’s “The Girl Gets Around”
– What does Robert, who is an English teacher, think of book burning. We’ll give you 1 guess
– “Do you read much?” – Slaughterhouse Five discussion
– Drive-in diner dancing scene Dancing in the Sheets by Shalamar
– Ren pulls into school blaring Metal Health
– They sell men’s clothes where you got that? Ren meets Willard
– We find out dancing is banned
– Ren gets pulled over
– Ariel wants to go to college and get out of that town – “Somebody’s Eyes” by Karla Bonof
– Awesome tractor chicken scene – Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
– Angry dance – Never by Moving Pictures
– Dancing in Bomont is illegal. Underage drinking? Perfectly acceptable
– Look out Moving Pictures! Marissa and Robert perform “What About Me” for the first installment of Return to the ’80s Karaoke
– Ren and Ariel – train scene
– The gyrating in the seats from listening to music caused the car accident that killed Ariel’s brother. ALCOHOL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!
– Willard can’t dance
– Creepy dude tries picking up high school student, Rusty
– ’80s Movie + Bar Scene = FIGHT!!!
– Shaw and Vi at church – You can lift a congregation up so high they have to look down to see heaven. But it’s the one to one where you need a little work.
– MONTAGE!!!!!! Let’s Hear It For the Boy by Deniece Williams
– Ren teaches Willard how to dance. In every possible place where they can be seen. In a town that does not allow dancing.
– “You’re so stupid!” – Cranston gives Ariel a beatdown
– Ariel gives Ren a bible with verses highlighted for him to use at the town council meeting
– They had it coming! Somebody throws a brick through the window of Ren’s little cousins who helped him teach Willard how to dance
– Town council scene
– There’s nothing like a good ole fashioned book burnin’!
– MONTAGE #2! Setup for the dance – ” I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” by Kenny Loggins
– Pick a winner! The dance begins – kinda. “Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
– Ninja Ren. The climactic fight scene
– Everybody cuts loose!
– Why?!?!? Footloose remake. Well, it’s not as horrible as the Dirty Dancing remake, so there’s that.

Closing

Shout outs
The ‘80s League
Killer Kitschhttps://killerkitsch.wordpress.com/
Old School Evilhttp://www.oldschoolevil.com/
ReelWeegieMidgethttps://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/
Rediscover the ‘80s (also a podcast) – http://www.rediscoverthe80s.com/
80s Reboot Overdrive (also a podcast) – https://www.facebook.com/80sReboot

Other friends of the podcast:
Doug McCoy of McCoycast – https://mccoycast.wordpress.com/
Scott Ryan of 30somethingpod– you can purchase Scott’s new book thirtysomething at 30:
Shout out to Christi Chiello of the new podcast Talking Funny With Christi

You can contact our awesome guest Marissa Rapier on Twitter – @MarissaRapier and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/m2therissa/

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Episode 15: Thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history


Welcome to a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast! Paul’s partner-in-crime, Robert, is missing in action this episode as the soccer team he coaches is in a state tournament kicking ass and taking names. But, this is still a great episode. We welcome Scott Ryan to the show. He wrote thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history, which will be out on June 7. You can purchase the book at www.scottryanproductions.com. Even if you never watched the show, this is a great episode. [Note: I have never watched the show myself] We talk a little about the show, and Scott’s experience in writing the book. We also cover an arrangement of other ’80s topics. Play This, Not That features Billy Joel, and morphs into a great conversation about Billy Joel. We also have a new Remember That Song and ’80s Trivia. So, please check out this episode and let us know what you think. In addition to listening right here on the site, you can also listen on iTunes, or anywhere you get your podcasts from


Opening

– Paul, flying solo this episode, introduces author and podcaster, Scott Ryan

thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history

– Scott talks about how thirtysomething changed drama on television
– thirtysomething and the ’80s
– MAD Magazine editor Nick Meglin’s involvement
– Writers Scott interviewed
– 2 degrees of separation from Tom Cruise – Scott and Tom Cruise compete for Ed Zwick’s time
– thirtysomething and the Emmys
– Scott’s podcasts

  • Red Room podcast
  • how the thirtysomething podcast led to the book
  • Paul turns Return to the ’80s into The Chris Farley Show talking about Scott’s latest podcast episode with Ken Olin
  • Scott Luck Stories

R.I.P

– Paul’s mother-in-law
– Erin Moran (October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017)

 

 

 

 

– Don Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017)

Photo by Paul Buck/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (7840912bo)

Play This, Not That

Instead of “Uptown Girl”

Play “Easy Money”

-More Billy Joel talk

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Last Song: “Africa” by Toto
Winner: Jim Vilk

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company

New Song:
We’ve always had time on our sides
But now it’s fading fast
Every second
Every moment
We’ve got to, we’ve gotta make it last

’80s Trivia

Last Question: What nickname did Warren Weber answer to on Happy Days?
Answer: Potsie
Winner: Jim Vilk

New Question: What was the name of the company Michael and Elliot owned in the first season?

’80s Potpourri

– TV shows
– Family Ties
– Reboots

Closing

You can contact Scott at the following places:

@30somethingpod
Facebook
www.scottryanproductions.com

@bluerosemag1
bluerosemag.com

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Upcoming Podcast Episode – ’80s Proms

This coming Sunday, we will be recording a podcast about proms in the ’80s. Robert and I would love to hear from you! You can tell us about any prom memories you have, or what your prom theme was. Do you have any funny, or heartbreaking stories? Please email us at returnto80s@gmail.com, and we will read your story on the air if you’d like.

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Episode 14: Highlander


We welcome Doug McCoy to the podcast. Doug is a podcasting veteran, hosting shows such as 80s Anthologies, In the Theater, Crazy Creepy Cool Movies, The Pastor and the Pappy, and Never Seen It. In the spirit of Never Seen It, we decided to review a film that at least one of us had not seen – Highlander. In addition to our review of this classic movie, Robert has a concert review of Asia and Journey, a new Play This, Not That, and an all new Remember That Song and 80s Trivia.


Opening

– Welcome Doug McCoy, from the McCoyCast, which features the podcasts Crazy Creepy Cool Movies, 80s Anthologies, In the Theater, Dumb Things I Did As a Kid, The Pastor and the Pappy, and Never Seen It

– Doug is also an author, publishing the eBook, TV In My Time (as well as several others that are in Doug’s contact information below)

– Who’s Crying Now: At a Journey concert, Doug gets hit by a lady next to him because Steve Perry wasn’t singing. She then commenced crying.

– Steve Perry has a solo album coming up this year (2017)

– Robert’s Journey concert report

Play This, Not That – Simple Minds

Instead of “(Don’t You) Forget About Me”

Play “Sanctify Yourself”

Shall We Play a Game

Remember That Song

Last Song: “Naughty, Naughty” by John Parr

Great job, Scot Compton!

I put my hand on your stocking, I was movin’ nice and slow
Let my fingers do the walking, and there ain’t far to go

New Song: The wild dogs cry out in the night/As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company

If you know the artist and song, email us at returnto80s@gmail.com

80s Trivia

Old Question: What Tim Burton film did Warner Bros. consider distributing under the title Scared Sheetless?
Answer: Beetlejuice

New Question: What nickname did Warren Weber answer to on Happy Days?

If you know the answer, email us at returnto80s@gmail.com

Main Topic – Highlander

– Who has Never Seen It?
– Cast:
Christopher Lambert – Connor MacLeod
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Mortal Kombat

Sean Connery – Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez
James Bond and a bazillion other roles

Clancy Brown – The Kurgan
The Shawshank Redemption
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Roxanne Hart – Brenda Wyatt
Nurse Camille Shutt on the CBS medical drama series, Chicago Hope (1994—1998)

Directed by Robert Mulcahy

– Movie synopsis and review

– Awesome Queen music!

Princes of the Universe

Who Wants to Live Forever

Gimme the Prize

One Year of Love

One Vision

A Kind of Magic

– Favorite scenes

Closing

You can find Doug at https://mccoycast.wordpress.com/ and Twitter

You can also purchase these books by Doug McCoy
TV In My Time

ANESthetized

Arcadian

Playthings of the Past

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Episode 13: 80s Movie Villains

Welcome back to a new podcast episode! This week is another 80s crossover event from the 80s League! This month’s topic is 80s Movie Villains. Robert and Paul go through some of their favorite/most hated 80s movie villains. Paul also broke down and watched last year’s Ghostbusters movie. Come hear the exclusive review in this show. There is a new Play This, Not That, featuring Survivor. We had a Remember That Song winner, so there is a new one this week.

We would love to hear who some of your favorite 80s villains are. Please comment below, or email us at returnto80s@gmail.com.


Opening Segment of this 80s Crossover Event


Check out these sites that are participating this month:

80s Reboot Overdrive

Killer Kitsch

Old School Evil

Rediscover the 80s

Stuck in the 80s

Weegiemidget

Robert’s Return to the ’80s article

– Paul’s Ghostbusters (2016) review

– Robert’s Journey article – In Defense of Journey Without Steve Perry

– Journey dedicating “Lights” to John Wetton

– R.I.P. Chuck Berry

Play This, Not That – Survivor

Instead of “Eye of the Tiger”

Play “Rebel Girl”

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Last Song: “Take It on the Run” by REO Speedwagon

Winner: Candy (@candyissodandy)

New Song: Around the 15:50 mark

80s Trivia

No winners last week. The question is around the 16:10 mark

’80s Movie Villains

– Ian McDiarmid – the Emperor from Return of the Jedi (The Empire Strikes Back was edited to include McDiarmid in the 2004 re-release)

– Thomas Wilson – Biff Tannen from Back to the Future

– Mr. T – Clubber Lang from Rocky III

– Anne Ramsey, Robert Davi, and Joe Pantoliano – The Fratellis from The Goonies

– Clancy Brown – The Kurgan from Highlander

– Alan Rickman – Hans Gruber from Die Hard

– Jim Youngs – Chuck Cranston from Footloose

– Steven Berkoff – Victor Maitland from Beverly Hills Cop

– Glenn Close – Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction

– William Zabka and Martin Kove – Johnny Lawrence and John Kreece from The Karate Kid

Closing

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