John Hughes – one of Hollywood’s most successful directors – the KING of the 80′s / 90′s teen movies with such hits as “The Breakfast Club;” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off;” “Sixteen Candles;” and “Weird Science” – not to mention “The Great Outdoors” and “Home Alone” – has died at age 59.
According to reports Hughes had heart attack during a walk while he visited family in Manhattan.
TMZ has posted the news – so I know a lot of fans are waiting for ‘legit’ news sources to update.
All I gotta say is … what the hell is going on lately? Everyone is freaking dying!!
Anyone who knows me knows that there are two things in life that I LOVE – theatre and music! I especially love 80′s music and ‘hair bands’ like Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Warrant and Poison (yummm …. Brett Michael’s). Well – how about COMBINING the two? Yes – I mean a Broadway musical that is all 80′s ‘Hair Band’ rock and roll! That, my dears, is the new Broadway musical sensation “ROCK OF AGES!”
New Line Records has released Original Broadway Cast Recording of five-time Tony Award nominated “ROCK OF AGES.” For those of you not in the know, Rock of Ages is the new Broadway musical starring American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis (yummmm …..). Set in 1987 in a legendary Sunset Strip rock club, a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer and they fall in love to the greatest metal songs of the 80′s. The musical is an arena-rock love story told through the hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more.
I had the opportunity to test out the soundtrack and when I received it in the mail believe me it promptly went into my car cd player. It’s cheesy-ness is outrageous – just as you would expect Hair Metal meets Broadway would be. It was awesome! It’s ‘Grease’ if ‘Grease’ were set in Hollywood in the 80′s!
Rock of Ages stars American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis (Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in Musical), Amy Spanger (The Wedding Singer ) and James Carpinello (Xanadu and Saturday Night Fever). The show was nominated for five Tony® awards including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Constantine Maroulis), Best Director (Kristin Hanggi), Best Costume Design (Gregory Gale) and Best Sound Design (Peter Hylenski)!
Here is the tracklist:
- Just Like Paradise / Nothin’ But A Good Time
- Sister Christian
- We Built This City / Too Much Time On My Hands
- I Wanna Rock
- We’re Not Gonna Take It
- Heaven/More Than Words / To Be With You
- Waiting For A Girl Like You
- Wanted Dead Or Alive
- I Want To Know What Love Is
- Cum On Feel The Noize / We’re Not Gonna Take It (Reprise)
- Harden My Heart / Shadows Of The Night
- Here I Go Again
- The Final Countdown
- Any Way You Want It / I Wanna Rock (Reprise)
- High Enough
- I Hate Myself For Loving You / Heat Of The Moment
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot
- Can’t Fight This Feeling
- Every Rose Has Its Thorn
- Oh Sherrie
- The Search Is Over
- Don’t Stop Believin’
Buy the album here: http://tr.im/rvjv!
I gotta say though – the main girl kinda had me wanting to pull my ears off. I really didn’t like her voice … But the rest of the songs were great. I would definitely see this show!! Anyone wanna sponsor me to Broadway to see it?
Rock of Ages tickets are on sale now through November 1st. You can get them via the Rock of Ages website!
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I know other 80′s kids will remember Les Lye as “Barth,” “El Capitano” (the guy always getting shot) or “Snake Eyes” (the horrible bus driver) from the Nickelodeon show “You Can’t Do That on Television” (which also starred Miss Alanis Morissette herself!) Well – Les Lye passed away at 84. According to his CTV obituary, the veteran broadcaster passed away on Tuesday. The cause is not known.
With fellow comic Bill Luxton, Lye co-created the comedy duo Uncle Will and Floyd, which appeared on Canadian TV for more than 20 years.
Lye is survived by his wife Johnni and three children.
I used to watch the show when I was quite little (probably in re-runs). The show was awesome – yet – incredibly gross! lol … It’s so funny though that the things they did on that show wouldn’t ever be on tv today (especially on a kids show) but there are so many other things that are so much worse on now!
Here is a clip featuring Les Lye as Barth:
Did you ever watch the show?
Could I squeeze any other keywords into that post title? Geeze … seo much?! Anyway – I have a headache. I woke up with said headache. I’m not exactly sure if it’s a sinus headache or not because I took some Sudafed around 30 minutes ago and it seemed to be helping, but the headache came back a little. However; I began Adderall (for my A.D.D …. finally) a couple days ago and I am worried that the headache is coming from that. I ate breakfast – cereal – this morning, but maybe I need to eat something else. I wasn’t hungry for the cereal but I knew I had to eat something otherwise I’d get “a massive headache” (according to my psych).
Oh – but I just started sneezing and the pressure seems to be going away a bit. So maybe it IS a sinus headache?
Went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on Wednesday with my friend Melissa. I still have to write up my ‘full’ review but I do have a word of advice (that I should be taking myself!) The book and the movie are separate entities – go into the theater KNOWING that there will be changes. All movies based on books are different – so be expecting that. Take this movie for what it is and you will like it much more. If you are expecting the movie to be just like the book you will HATE it. Hopefully I didn’t spoil it for anyone – lol ….
Today I am taking hubby to see the movie while Xander is in daycare. Like a date! Maybe we will eat lunch (off the dollar menu) before the movie!
Screamo band St. Valentines Massacre launches tour, CD in New Port Richey
By Logan Neill, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, June 26, 2009
For the Spring Hill heavy metal band St. Valentines Massacre, the big time is calling.
Once a popular area club band, the quintet is looking toward a busy summer on the road to promote its first full-length, major-label CD,Awakening.
The band’s inaugural tour, which kicks off Saturday with a concert and CD release party at the Bourbon Street Concert Club in New Port Richey, will consist of 20 shows spread throughout the East Coast.
Seventeen-year-old lead guitarist Tyler Jordan, who joined the band in April of last year, said he can hardly wait to hit the highway.
“Everyone’s been waiting a long time for this,” said Jordan, who recently graduated from Central High School. “It’s a dream come true for us.”
Getting together in the summer of 2005, vocalist Tony Rodriguez, guitarist Paul Starr (born Paul Zakar), bassist Alan Olshefski and drummer Andre Canale enjoyed a typical garage band existence, playing small clubs, dances — even bowling alleys — in and around Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. As the band’s following grew, so did the group’s vision for the music.
“It got more and more serious for us,” Olshefski said. “We started to promote ourselves more and look for more opportunities to get the music out there.”
In 2006, St. Valentines Massacre recorded its first demo CD and entered and won the Emergenza battle of the bands competition in Tampa. Next up was a featured spot on the west coast Florida leg of the 2007 Warped Tour.
Meanwhile, the band’s music — a blend of heavy metal, punk and blues-rock known to diehard fans as “screamo” — began attracting an even wider audience via SVM’s MySpace page.
“We did a three-song recording called Eulogy that got something like 10,000 plays in three days,” Olshefski said. “When that happened, we started to feel like this could be a big thing.”
Megaforce/MRI Records thought so, too, and in October, the label, which is distributed by Sony Records, offered St. Valentines Massacre a record deal. Awakening, which was recorded in Rodriguez’s home studio and mixed at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, represents some of the band’s most evocative work.
“We’re getting a lot of good response so far,” Olshefski said. “The Best Buy in New Port Richey is already sold out of them.”
Olshefski, a 2001 graduate of Springstead High School, credits SVM’s success to diligence, hard work and a little luck. He and his bandmates are looking forward to finally traveling outside the area to perform for fans they have only communicated with on the Internet.
“This band loves to play,” he said. “When they come to see us, we’ll give them the best we can give them.”
Logan Neill can be reached at email@example.com or (352) 848-1435.
Check out the SVM MySpace!
Don’t forget to BUY THE CD – Awakening – on Amazon (check your local stores also!).
Rumors are flying (thanks to sites like TMZ, Perez Hilton and especially Twitter) that pop-icon (and music legend) Michael Jackson has passed away. Jackson was admitted to UCLA Medical Center earlier today for cardiac arrest and according to some was unable to be revived. CNN and Fox News are “checking sources” and the LA Times denies Jackson’s death. Is this a case of gossip “telephone” on the Internet?
Rumors and truths (usually rumors) spread like wildfire on Twitter. The top trending topic right now is #MichaelJackson – thanks to everyone wondering if he is dead or alive. So – what is it? I think we might have to wait a little while longer to find out if Michael Jackson has indeed passed away.
If so – he joins Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon – two more Hollywood Legends who have passed away in the past few days. I guess if it is in fact, true, “these things” happen in three’s …
I will update this post as news comes in.
UPDATE: LA Times, CNN, TMZ and Perez are confirming that, in fact, Michael Jackson has died.
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