What is our 80’s heroes doing now?

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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.

Bryan Adams
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

Adam Ant
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

Bon Jovi
Not much action on http://www.bonjovi.com/ . Last album 2007.

David Bowie
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

Belinda Carlisle
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

Tracy Chapman
Did a tour 2008. http://www.tracychapman.com/

Phil Collins
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/

Elvis Costello
Doing shows in US, releasing digital albums. http://www.elviscostello.com

Christopher Cross
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

Crowded House
Doing shows. http://www.crowdedhouse.com

Culture Club
No activity on http://www.culture-club.co.uk/ Boy George did some tours in 2008. New site : http://www.boygeorgelive.com/

The Cure
Did some touring 2008, new blu-ray release 2009. http://www.thecure.com/

Cutting Crew
Touring 2009. New myspace. http://www.myspace.com/cuttingcrewmusic

Terence Trent D’Arby
Now Sananda Maitreya, active on http://www.sanandamaitreya.com

Chris DeBurgh
Touring a lot 2009. Released an album 2008. http://www.cdeb.com/

Depeche Mode
In the studio working these days. Touring a lot. Released an album 2009. http://www.depechemode.com

Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler is active at http://www.markknopfler.com/ Touring US 2009.

Duran Duran
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

Sheena Easton
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.

Not much activity on http://www.eurythmics.com/ Annie is active on http://www.annielennox.com/ new collection album 2009. Dave is active on http://www.davestewart.com/

Fine Young Cannibals
Last album in 2006.

Fleetwood Mac
Touring the US 2009. http://www.fleetwoodmac.com/ New site coming up soon.

John Fogerty
Touring The US and Europe 2009. http://www.johnfogerty.com Latest release 2007.

Doing tours 2009. http://www.foreigneronline.com/

Peter Gabriel
Active at http://www.petergabriel.com/ Touring 2009.

Did some tours 2008. John Mayhew passed away april 22nd 2009.

Debbie Gibson
Active at http://www.deborah-gibson.com/ Doing shows.

Lou Gramm
Active at http://www.lougramm.com/ Releasing a cd May 30th. 2009

Eddy Grant
Active on http://www.eddygrant.com/site/main.html Doing tours.

Grateful Dead
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.

Billy Idol
http://billyidol.net/ Did some touring 2008.

Active at http://www.inxs.com/ new site coming up soon.

Billy Joel
Currently touring with Elton John. http://www.billyjoel.com/. Released a double cd in 2008.

Nik Kershaw
Active at http://www.nikkershaw.net/ doing shows 2009.

Kool & the Gang
Active at http://www.koolandthegang.com/ doing concerts 2009.

Cyndi Lauper
Active at http://www.cyndilauper.com touring US and Europe 2009. Latest release 2008.

Julian Lennon
Active on Myspace http://www.myspace.com/julianlennon while site is refurnished.

Level 42
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

Bette Midler
Active at http://www.bettemidler.com Latest release 2008

Midnight Oil
Doing some shows http://www.midnightoil.com/

Sinéad O’Connor
Active at http://www.sineadoconnor.com/ doing shows 2009

Dolly Parton
Site http://www.dollyparton.com/ is coming 2009.

Pet Shop Boys
New album release May 2009. In US only. http://www.petshopboys.co.uk

Robert Plant
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

Paul Simon
Performing some in 2009. http://www.paulsimon.com/

Simple Minds
Performancing 2009. http://www.simpleminds.com/

Simply Red
Tours 2009 http://www.simplyred.com/

Spandau Ballet
Tours 2009 http://www.spandauballet.com/

Spin Doctors
Toured 2008 http://www.spindoctors.com/

Rick Springield
Tours 2009 http://www.rickspringfield.com/

Bruce Springsteen
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

Donna Summer
New cd 2009. http://www.donnasummer.com/

Talking Heads
Performancing some 2009 http://www.talking-heads.nl/

Doing lots of concerts 2009. http://www.tpau.co.uk/

Tina Turner
Touring Europe 2009. http://www.tinaturnerlive.com/

Twisted Sister
Doing festivals. http://www.twistedsister.com/

Bonnie Tyler
Working on a new release 2009. Did some concerts in 2008. http://www.bonnietyler.com/

Tours a lot 2009. http://www.ub40-dep.com/

Tracey Ullman
Doing tvshows 2009. http://traceyullman.tk/

Tours Europe and US 2009. http://www.u2.com/

Van Halen
Designs sneakers. http://www.van-halen.com/news.html

Suzanne Vega
Doing some concerts. Active on her blog http://web.me.com/suzannevega/SuzanneVega.com/Blog/Blog.html

Tours 2009 http://www.yesworld.com/

Paul Young
Latest album 2008. http://www.paul-young.com/

ZZ Top
Tours 2009 http://www.zztop.com/index.php
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Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

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11 Responses

  1. Hey there!
    Cool blog post – very informative!
    Adam Ant himself might not be up to much at the moment but his fans definitely are! We have a tribute night up in Doncaster, UK this Saturday and of course there’s the annual London convention, this year on 7 November.
    Oh and there’s a book on the way too!
    Drop us a line for details!

  2. I sat beside Adam Ant at the cinema one night (back in the late 80’s) The film was Kiss of The Spider Woman.

    Isn’t Boy George in jail? (allegedly) I think so…

    Interesting list.

    • oyvind says:

      Hi Ken 🙂 Did you get his autograph? 🙂 Or vise versa?

      BG is in jail?? I have to check it out, but I guess I wont add it in the list, not only him is in jail these days. 🙂 Artists from the 80s I mean.

  3. Ken Fields says:

    What about Billy Joel? He wasn’t on the list, but was probably one of the top 10 biggest acts in the 1980’s…

  4. Phil H says:

    Great list. Thanks for posting it. I”m pretty sure Robert Palmer died of a heart
    attack in 2003.

  5. fu man says:

    robert palmer is dead

  6. Margaret says:

    Gosh! I didn’t realize how many of these bands/artists I would recognize being the old fogie that I am, but there are a bunch! Wasn’t the ’80’s when Wings was most active?? I can’t remember. I need to take my ginkgo biloba.

  7. Monica says:

    Oh my GOODNESS they are still alive and kickin’ some of them! 🙂 Great post!!

  8. oyvind says:

    Boy George is now out of prison. 🙂

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