Sirius XM Satellite Radio & 80s on 8 presents
Replay America - The Ultimate 80's Festival
Starship Feat. Mickey Thomas, Taylor Dayne, Naked Eyes, The Motels Feat. Martha Davis
409 Blackwell St
Durham, NC, 27701
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.
He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.
Born in Trinidad, Billy settled in London’s East End when just seven years old. The calypso crazy kid soon got turned on to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as pop groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, leading him to spend much of his study time in the music room.
Billy got his first break when he signed to GTO records, for whom his second single was the Motown-ish Love Really Hurts Without You, which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and No. 12 in the US.
Two top twenty singles followed; Love on Delivery and Stop Me, then Red Light Spells Danger became a smash in both the UK and the US.
Billy changed record labels and his move to Jive Records provided instant success, with the million-selling American number one single Caribbean Queen (for which Billy won a Grammy for best R&B Vocal), followed by Loverboy, and Suddenly, which became the first of Billy’s killer ballads. The Album from which these singles came from spent a year in the US Charts selling double platinum (triple in Canada). Billy also performed on the American half of Live Aid, making 1985 a truly incredible year for him.
1986 wasn’t bad either, opening with When the Going gets Tough (the tough gets going), the theme song to the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner/Danny Devito movie Jewel of the Nile. Billy then launched the Love Zone album, which went straight to No. 2 in the UK charts, staying in the top 40 for six months. In the US, there was a No. 1 single with There’ll be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry).
More Hits were to follow with the now classic Get Outta My Dreams; Get Into My Car, giving Billy yet another US No. 1 hit. More hits followed as Billy also proved himself to be one of the most hardworking artists on the live stage, touring the world to ever-growing enthusiastic audiences.
After huge worldwide success and with a young family at home, Billy decided to take a break to spend some well earned time with them. In 2007, with the kids all grown up, Billy went back out to perform his hits again, this time with his daughter Cherie on backing vocals, with live dates in the UK and Europe, USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. The tour was a great success and culminated in his getting the bug once more for writing and recording. 2008 saw Billy back in the studio for the first time in 15 years, recording his brand new album ‘Because I Love You’ - which was released in 2009. 2010 saw Billy back on the road again with his band in the UK, Europe and the US and the release of ‘The Very Best of Billy Ocean’, which entered the UK album charts at number 17 and sold 72,000 copies in 4 weeks. Billy recently headed over to America where he played to fantastic crowds in Las Vegas, Detroit, and Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida.
In 2016 Billy announced double CD 'Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean', featuring new tracks and along with a selection of his greatest hits, to be released 29th April 2016.
Starship Feat. Mickey Thomas
Successor of Jefferson Starship. Following Jefferson Starship founder Paul Kantners leaving the band, a 1984 settlement prohibited ´the use of the Jefferson Starship band name unless all original members agreed to it. The remaining members shortened the name to just Starship and fronted by vocalist Grace Slick hit it's popular peak with the first release, the 1985 album "Knee Deep in the Hoopla". The album generated two #1 hits, "We Built This City" and "Sara". A third #1 hit, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", was achieved in 1987. In 1988 Grace Slick left Starship to join the reformed Jefferson Airplane for one album, then in 1989 announcing that she was retiring from music. In 1990, after the "Cannibals" album tour, the last remaining original member, Craig Chaquico, also left the band. A career spanding greatest hits compilation was released in 1991, and band manager Bill Thompson announced the band would record no more.
From platinum pop songs to chart-topping dance hits, Taylor Dayne is one of the most popular vocalists of the modern age. She has enjoyed Top 10 hits in three consequent decades, selling a combined 75 million singles and albums along the way. Originally signed by music mogul Clive Davis in the 1980s, Dayne has become a true crossover artist, someone whose popularity spans multiple generations and many different music formats.
With the release of her first two albums, 1988's Tell It to My Heart and 1989's Can't Fight Fate, Dayne racked up three number 1 singles: "Tell It to My Heart," "Love Will Lead You Back" and "Prove Your Love to Me." Her Grammy-nominated songs could be heard across the radio dial, from Top 40 pop stations to adult contemporary channels. Meanwhile, Dayne sang in front of audiences across the world, even joining Michael Jackson for the European leg of his sold-out "Bad" tour.
As the '80s gave way to the '90s, she began establishing herself as a film, television and stage actress, too, appearing alongside Warren Beatty in the movie "Love Affair," starring in Elton John's Broadway award-winning production of Aida, and playing Grizzabella in the 2013 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival's production of "CATS." She also gained notice not only for her singing ability but her songwriting skills, as well. Several of Dayne's gold and platinum-selling solo albums featured her own compositions, and "Whatever You Want," a song she co-wrote for Tina Turner, became a Top 40 hit in 10 different countries in 1996.
After taking a break from music to raise her two children, Dayne made a highly publicized return with her 2008 release, Satisfied. She co-wrote the album's lead single, "Beautiful," which climbed to number 1 on the dance charts. It was her 17th time cracking the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Two years later, Dayne performed the official theme song of the 2010 Gay Games, "Facing a Miracle." She followed that song's release with her 18th Top 10 hit, "Floor on Fire," and continued making appearances on film and TV. Fans of "American Idol" even chose her as the top candidate to replace former judge Paula Abdul in a poll conducted by Rolling Stone, proof that Dayne was still a household name.
More than 25 years after the release of her single, Taylor Dayne continues to tour the world. She was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2012, joining other time-tested luminaries like Billy Joel and Joan Jett.
Recently, the 1980’s have taken on an almost mythical place in pop culture. There is a growing obsession with the fashion, the television shows and films and especially the music of that decade. One band that had thrived during those days has reemerged to take its rightful place in music....Naked Eyes.
In the early days while still performing in the pubs of Bath, England, PeteByrne, as singer of the synth-pop-pioneers Naked Eyes, along with keyboardist Rob Fisher, formed a band called Neon, which would later include Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal.“We recorded a few songs, but the band fizzled, and Roland and Curt went on to form Tears For Fears, while Rob and I created Naked Eyes.
”Almost immediately, the band signed to EMI and began recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.“...I’ve always loved the songs from the great girl singers of the sixties, and one day in the studio we decided to do a cover of one of them; we settled on a Sandie Shaw song.” That song was the Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune “Always Something There To Remind Me,” which immediately exploded into the Top Ten.....followed by the self-penned“ Promises, Promises” and “When The Lights Go Out.” The back to back to back hits resulted in massive U.S. radio airplay and an almost constant presence on MTV
Although the band was expecting to tour, the label wanted a follow-up, so Byrne and Fisher went into the studio to record “Fuel for the Fire” which produced the hit single “(What) In The Name of Love.” Soon enough, the duo was asked to begin work on yet another release, but, rather than continuing what was becoming a never-ending cycle, Byrne and Fisher decided to walk away and leave Naked Eyes as a project to be continued...
The next few years saw both Byrne and Fisher involved in a number of various activities. Fisher teamed up with vocalist Simon Climie on a couple of albums, one of which spawned the hit single “Love Changes (Everything).” Meanwhile, Byrne collaborated with several artists including Stevie Wonder (providing vocals on the #1 single “Part-Time Lover”) and also wrote and produced a number of songs for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen among others.
By 1999, Byrne and Fisher decided to pick up where Naked Eyes had left off and started work on a third album. Sadly, it was tragically interrupted when Fisher passed away from complications of surgery that summer.
Left to carry on solo, Byrne decided that the best course of action was to start where it had all begun all those years ago back in Bath.“I went out and got a guitar, then with guitar and title in hand, went looking for the songs that inspired me to be in a band in the first place. "That brings us to where we are now, Naked Eyes has been playing live shows across America from Hollywood to Carnegie Hall, has performed on PBS, and put out a live concert DVD. Acritically acclaimed ten-song acoustic collection was released last year, and currently, the band is hard at work on its first all-new studio album since that nearly mythical decade. Byrne says, “It feels great to be back in it.....it feels like it’s supposed to”
The Motels Feat. Martha Davis
Band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1975, originating in a band called the Warfield Foxes from Berkeley.
The Warfield Foxes: Dean Chamberlain, Martha Davis & Chuck Wada.
Original line-up as The Motels: Dean Chamberlain, Richard D'andrea, Martha Davis, Robert Neuman & Chuck Wada.
Second Line-Up as The Motels: Martha Davis, Brian Glascock, Michael Goodroe, Jeff Jourard & Marty Jourard.
Other members included: Tim McGovern & Scott Thurston.