80's Stars - Where Are They Now?
The British pop/rock band had over 21 hit singles including ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ and ‘Rio’ and sold over 100 million records, making them one of the most successful bands of the eighties.
Now, Duran Duran will be taking the world stage this July as they headline the 2012 London Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Hyde Park. Canadian fans can catch them as they perform live at Casino Rama on August 31st, 2012. If you want to win tickets click here to find out how!
Pat Benatar is one of the 80’s favourite female vocalist. Her strong ballad’s shot her to the top of the charts with over 19 hit singles including ‘Love is a Battlefield’ and ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’. Benatars commercial success lead her to win over four Grammy’s throughout her career.
Now Benatar will be joining Journey this summer on their U.S tour.
Flock of Seaguls
Mike Score, the Flock of Eagles lead keyboard and vocalist is best known for his wacky hair (and you thought Justin Biebers was ridiculous) and catchy hit single ‘I ran (ran so far away)’.
Now - In 2002 the world was once again reminded of the Flock of Eagles when their famous single was added to Grand Theft Autos official video game trailer. A year later the original band reunited for a performance on the VH1 series, Bands Reunite, and continued to perform numerous live shows throughout the US, but quickly broke-up afterwards. Now Mike continues to tour, but without the ridiculous haircut success seems to be running far away.
Formed in 1967 the rock band Genesis hit commercial success in the early eighties after transforming into more of a pop band. The change lead them to their first top 40 single in the US with ‘Follow You Follow Me’. They eventually became listed as 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time with over 100 million albums sold worldwide.
Now - Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins announced in March of 2011 that he has ended his music career due to health problems , but in a recent interview with Rolling Stone Peter Gabrial said that a Genesis reunion is still possible stating, ‘I won’t say never ever, but it’s in the outside department of the betting shop’.
Rick Astley was the British sensation who took over the world with his hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ which actually became the best selling single of 87’.
Now, Astley occasionally tours and can be heard as a DJ for London’s Magic FM. Although he has escaped the lime-light it seems that the younger generation can’t escape Astley. ‘Rick Rolled’ is a common term used amongst YouTube users. Urban Dictionary defines it as, ‘To be tricked, through any method into clicking a link that takes you to the Rick Astley video ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.
The American rock band was formed together in 1973 by former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. They went on to release seven multi-platinum albums between 1978 and 1987.
Now, Journey is currently touring this summer with their newest band member, Filipino singer Arnel Pineda who they recruited in December of 2007 after watching him sing on a YouTube video. The classic Journey song, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ keeps hitting commercial success to this day leading it to become the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history.
Milli Vanilli was an infamous 80’s pop duo ‘created’ in Germany by Frank Farian. Their debut album ‘Girl You Know It’s True’ rocketed them into success and lead them to win a Grammy for Best New Artist. Their sweet success quickly turned sour when it was revealed to the public that the lead vocals on the album were not actually their voices .This revelation caused them to be shunned in the music business and have their Grammy revoked.
Now - After their nose dive Milli Vanilli created a second album using their real voices, but on the night of their potential comeback tour Pilatus was found dead in his hotel of a drug overdose. The remaining band member Fab Morvan still seeks success. Morvan has gone on to release multiple singles and still tours from time to time. The good news is, with the Grammy revoked he still has a chance to win Best New Artist.
The American Synthopop band Devo released their debut album Freedom of Choice in 1980. It included the popular hit single “Whip It” which climbed up to No 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single hit Chipmunk success when it was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks on their Chipmunk Punk album, after a long argument the Chipmunks leader Alvin made a conscience decision to change the lyric ‘break your mamma’s back’ to ‘scratch your mamma’s back’.
Now, Gerald Casale of Devo has recently stated that he is, ‘currently working on a script for a musical, a Devo musical’. The musical would be geared towards a live Broadway production.