I was curious how some of my favourite bands of the 80’s were doing these days and did some searching. I was surprised to see how many of them that are still active.
Some have faded away and some have changed names but many of them are still producing music and tours. I have a feeling that I’ve forgotten some of them, so if you remember some that I haven’t searched for please let me know.
It was fun to see how different their websites are, some have genious design while others have more design than usability. Many of the ones who have useless sites have a text like ‘Site design is being updated”, but I think that was there for a few years.
Heres what I found :
Celebrating 20th anniversary of a-ha’s first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 with a new album. http://www.a-ha.com.
Doing concerts in US, shooting photos of celebrities, tapes CMT Crossroads episode. http://www.bryanadams.com/
Doing concerts, but cancels, latest album in 2008. http://www.alphaville.de
Not much activity, sometimes online at http://www.adam-ant.net/.
Doing lots of touring with YES, released album last year. Visited Europe this spring. http://www.originalasia.com/
Touring US, concerts almost every day. Released Funplex last year. http://theb52s.com/
Soon to release a single!? Last release 2003. http://www.bananaramauk.com/
Doing concerts on the East Coast of US. http://www.thebangles.com/
Doing lots of shows, concert in Brooklyn. Latest release was a 30th Anniversary album 2008. http://www.blondie.net
Not much action on http://www.bonjovi.com/ . Last album 2007.
Tending a Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert May 2nd. http://www.davidbowie.com
Boys Don’t Cry
Some touring, new album 2009. http://www.iwannabeacowboy.net/
Not active. Though lead vocal David Glasper is somewhat active on Myspace with a few new demos. http://www.myspace.com/davidglasper
Is in studio recording a new album for 2010. Doing concerts this spring and summer. http://www.belindacarlisle.tv/
Active on MySpace : http://www.myspace.com/thecarsunlocked
Did a tour 2008. http://www.tracychapman.com/
Not very active, his site at http://www.philcollins.co.uk/ is down.
Active doing lots of appearances in US and UK. Playing at Great Falls, MT as I write this. http://www.commodoreslive.com/
Doing shows in US, releasing digital albums. http://www.elviscostello.com
Doing lots of shows and concerts in US, South America. Released an album 2008. http://www.christophercross.com/ Semiactive on Myspace : http://www.myspace.com/christophercrossmusic
Doing shows. http://www.crowdedhouse.com
No activity on http://www.culture-club.co.uk/ Boy George did some tours in 2008. New site : http://www.boygeorgelive.com/
Did some touring 2008, new blu-ray release 2009. http://www.thecure.com/
Touring 2009. New myspace. http://www.myspace.com/cuttingcrewmusic
Terence Trent D’Arby
Now Sananda Maitreya, active on http://www.sanandamaitreya.com
Touring a lot 2009. Released an album 2008. http://www.cdeb.com/
In the studio working these days. Touring a lot. Released an album 2009. http://www.depechemode.com
Mark Knopfler is active at http://www.markknopfler.com/ Touring US 2009.
Touring a lot 2009. Released an album on vinyl 2009, all sold out. http://www.duranduran.com
Touring 2009, US, Sweden, Norway, Finland. http://www.eaglesband.com
Did some concerts in 2008. Not much activity 2009. http://sheenaeaston.com
Electric Light Orchestra
http://www.elomusic.com/ Kelly died this february. Latest album release 2007.
Active at http://www.enya.com/ doing some tvshows. Released an album 2008.
Active at http://www.europetheband.com/ Doing tours 2009. New album 2009. Struggled with fake video on YouTube.
Fine Young Cannibals
Last album in 2006.
Touring the US 2009. http://www.fleetwoodmac.com/ New site coming up soon.
Touring The US and Europe 2009. http://www.johnfogerty.com Latest release 2007.
Doing tours 2009. http://www.foreigneronline.com/
Active at http://www.petergabriel.com/ Touring 2009.
Did some tours 2008. John Mayhew passed away april 22nd 2009.
Active at http://www.deborah-gibson.com/ Doing shows.
Active at http://www.lougramm.com/ Releasing a cd May 30th. 2009
Active on http://www.eddygrant.com/site/main.html Doing tours.
Active on http://www.dead.net/ doing tours 2009
Guns N’ Roses
Active at http://www.newgnr.com/newgnr.html
Active at http://www.heart-music.com/ Doing tours 2009.
Active at http://www.thehooters.net/ doing tours 2009.
http://billyidol.net/ Did some touring 2008.
Active at http://www.inxs.com/ new site coming up soon.
Currently touring with Elton John. http://www.billyjoel.com/. Released a double cd in 2008.
Active at http://www.nikkershaw.net/ doing shows 2009.
Kool & the Gang
Active at http://www.koolandthegang.com/ doing concerts 2009.
Active at http://www.cyndilauper.com touring US and Europe 2009. Latest release 2008.
Active on Myspace http://www.myspace.com/julianlennon while site is refurnished.
Active at http://www.level42.com/ They too are refurnishing their site. Touring a bit 2009.
Huey Lewis & the News
Active at http://www.hln.org Touring 2009
Active at http://www.bettemidler.com Latest release 2008
Doing some shows http://www.midnightoil.com/
Active at http://www.sineadoconnor.com/ doing shows 2009
Site http://www.dollyparton.com/ is coming 2009.
Pet Shop Boys
New album release May 2009. In US only. http://www.petshopboys.co.uk
Did lots of tours 2008. http://www.robertplant.com/
Active at http://www.thepretenders.com/
Latest release 2008. http://www.roxette.se/
Touring 2009. http://www.the-scorpions.com
Performing some in 2009. http://www.paulsimon.com/
Performancing 2009. http://www.simpleminds.com/
Tours 2009 http://www.simplyred.com/
Tours 2009 http://www.spandauballet.com/
Toured 2008 http://www.spindoctors.com/
Tours 2009 http://www.rickspringfield.com/
Tours 2009 http://www.brucespringsteen.net
Tours 2009 http://www.sting.com/
Tours 2009 http://www.styxworld.com/
Not much activity http://www.supertramp.com/home.html
New cd 2009. http://www.donnasummer.com/
Performancing some 2009 http://www.talking-heads.nl/
Doing lots of concerts 2009. http://www.tpau.co.uk/
Touring Europe 2009. http://www.tinaturnerlive.com/
Doing festivals. http://www.twistedsister.com/
Working on a new release 2009. Did some concerts in 2008. http://www.bonnietyler.com/
Tours a lot 2009. http://www.ub40-dep.com/
Doing tvshows 2009. http://traceyullman.tk/
Tours Europe and US 2009. http://www.u2.com/
Designs sneakers. http://www.van-halen.com/news.html
Doing some concerts. Active on her blog http://web.me.com/suzannevega/SuzanneVega.com/Blog/Blog.html
Tours 2009 http://www.yesworld.com/
Latest album 2008. http://www.paul-young.com/
Tours 2009 http://www.zztop.com/index.php