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Legendary DJ Richard Blade To Host Lost 80's Live Concert in Sacramento With Six Popular 80's Bands
Legendary DJ Richard Blade has been added as host for the Lost 80's Live concert in Sacramento, CA on 8/11/12 at the Crest Theatre featuring A Flock of Seagulls, The Motels, When In Rome UK, The Escape Club, Gene Loves Jezebel, and Bourgeois Tagg.
In 1982, within a few months of working in Los Angeles, Richard Blade became the #1 Arbitron-rated radio personality on the West Coast, and he began to host a weekly television program on KCAL-TV called "MV3," which later became "Video One."
In 1984 Richard created, produced and hosted "VideoBeat" for KTLA. The weekly series ran for two years.
Blade also worked as an actor in the 80s, appearing in Square Pegs, Hunter, Divorce Court, as contestant Dick Sheppard from England on the television game show Card Sharks among other shows. Blade appeared in the 1985 film Girls Just Want to Have Fun starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt.
Blade has a regular cameo appearance in US sitcom Glory Daze, set at a college frat house in 1986. Blade plays the DJ at the College Radio station known as 'The Voice'.
Today he has gained a national audience in North America where he is a host for the Sirius Satellite Radio channel First Wave, a 1980s New Wave Music channel. He hosts his own signature show "First Wave Rewind". He also hosts a twice-daily short feature on Sirius' The Big 80's channel called "Behind The Big '80s". Recently, Blade has taken over for Ray Rossi on The Pulse on weekends.
The Lost 80's Live concert series, now in it's 7th year, features some of the most recognizable acts from that decade and is a unique opportunity to see a number of fan favorites performing live on one stage. The tour has been described by fans nationwide as a greatest hits show where every song played could legitimately be on a number of greatest hits albums.
A Flock of Seagulls are an English New Wave band originally formed by brothers Michael "Mike" Score (keyboards, vocals) and Alister "Ali" James Score (drums), with Frank Maudsley (bass) and Paul Reynolds (guitar). The group had a string of international hit singles including "I Ran (So Far Away)", "Space Age Love Song," "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" and "The More You Live, the More You Love", and became notable in the 1980s for their MTV video for the song "I Ran (So Far Away)". The band earned a Grammy award in 1983 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "D.N.A.", an instrumental song from their debut effort., A Flock of Seagulls (album). Mike Score continues to tour with other musicians as A Flock Of Seagulls.
The Motels are a New Wave music band from the Los Angeles area best known for "Only the Lonely" and "Suddenly Last Summer", each of which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 and 1983, respectively. Their song "Total Control" reached number 4 on the Australian charts in 1980. Martha Davis, the lead singer, continues to appear under The Motels with various line-ups.
Original WHEN IN ROME vocalists Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann appeared on When in Rome's debut record in 1987 that includes the smash hit “The Promise”. Clive and Andrew are also the original vocalists appearing in the music video “The Promise”. The song was also featured at the end of the popular movie, Napolean Dynamite. They have joined together with percussionist Rob Juarez and guitarist Danny Phillips to form WHEN IN ROME UK.
In the late 1970s, Brent Bourgeois and Larry Tagg played played in a Sacramento band named Uncle Rainbow, which included members from Texas and other parts of the South. In 1984, they moved to Sacramento and formed Bourgeois Tagg with guitarist Lyle Workman, drummer Michael Urbano, and keyboardist Scott Moon. Bourgeois played keyboards, Tagg played bass, and both shared lead vocal duties. In 1988, the band released the Todd Rundgren produced multimillion selling album YoYo that contained the Billboard Top 40 US hit, "I Don't Mind At All', which was also a worldwide Top Five hit on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song's success was fueled by an innovative video that received heavy airplay on MTV and other music video outlets. Brent and Larry occasionally reunite and perform with other musicians as Bourgeois Tagg.
Michael Aston, born August 22, 1964, is the founder and current leader of Gene Loves Jezebel. Michael owns the exclusive rights to Gene Loves Jezebel in the US and continues to perform and release new material as Gene Loves Jezebel throughout the world. The exception being the UK where Michael will perform and release material as Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel. The band is known for popular songs such as "Love In Motion", "Heartache", "Desire (come and get it)", and "Gorgeous".
In 1987, The Escape Club moved to Atlantic Records for their album, Wild Wild West. The album was released in the summer of 1988. The first single, "Wild, Wild West" climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the song's distinctive video received a lot of MTV airplay.