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Published On: Fri, Aug 4th, 2017

Four Ways To See Favorite Musicians From The 1980s

The 1980s was the decade that changed music. In 1981, MTV debuted and changed the way that teens enjoyed music. When the 80’s rolled around, disco was officially dead and a wide variety of music debuted.

Now that the teens who actually watched MTV when music videos ruled the day are in their 40s and 50s, nostalgia has set in. And, those teens of the 1980s now have plenty of opportunities to engage with their favorite musicians, whether on the stage, on the road, or on the screen.

Boston paying tribute to Cheap Trick photo supplied

Vacation In A Retro Trailer Owned by B-52s Singer

One musician who has embraced the return of the music from the 1980s is Kate Pierson from the B-52s. Her retro style was iconic in the 1980s, and she has brought it back to life with her very own RV Motel near Joshua Tree in California. Lucky fans might even catch a glimpse of Kate there or at performances around the West Coast and in Las Vegas.

Enjoy Concerts From Biggest 1980s Acts

Instead of building hotels, some bands have decided to hit the road. One of the biggest concert tours of 2017 belongs to the 1980s band Metallica. This heavy metal band has dates in some of the biggest stadiums in the United States. Metallica scheduled tours in:

  • The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
  • Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan
  • Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois

Several other iconic bands from the 1980s have gone out on the road again. Along with Metallic, these bands have hit the road:

  • U2
  • The Who
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Depeche Mode

U2 on Vertigo Tour concert 21 November 2005, Madison Square Gardens, New York
Source: Zachary Gillman via wikimedia commons

Watch Favorite Rappers On Screen

Popular bands from the 1980s are also showing up on big and small screens. Straight Outta Compton was one of the latest bio-pics that featured 1980s music. It featured rap groups NWA and rap stars like Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

But instead of playing a role in the feature film about his early life, Ice Cube was busy acting, producing, and making music. He, along with 80s rappers, Ice-T and Queen Latifah, had made their marks on award-winning television shows and movies.

They aren’t the only 1980s rappers who has made the transition to film. Will Smith, 1980s rapper and TV actor, has become one of the most recognizable names and faces in the entertainment world.

Eat A Burger And See A Pop Star

If you prefer to see your 1980s musicians in real life, then you might want to check out Wahlburgers. This burger joint is owned by several of the Wahlberg brothers who were once a part of New Kids on the Block and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Mark or Donnie Wahlberg.

Wahlburgers has restaurants all over the United States and Canada. If you eat at the location in Hingham, Massachusetts, you have a good chance of meeting the boys’ mother, Alma Wahlberg, who lives nearby.

From food to movies to concerts, the 1980s has returned with a vengeance as children of that time period enjoy looking back on simpler times and good music.

Author: Carmelo Hannity

 

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