iHeart Radio Takes Us Back to the '80s

iHeart Radio hosted their first-ever all ‘80s show at the Los Angeles Forum. The lineup consisted of Tears For Fears, Loverboy, Billy Idol, Rick Springfield, Missing Persons and Culture Club. This event celebrated not just the music of the ‘80s but also the whole decade of the decade. Hosting the event was Sirius XM’s ‘80s on eight DJ Martha Quinn and celebrity presenters included Paula Abdul, Corey Feldman, Kris Jenner, Michael Winslow, Harry Hamlin, iJustine, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jordan Fisher, Serayah, Lissa Rinna and Mario Lopez. Front row center watching the show was LL Cool J.


The show started with Tears For Fears and each band had a 25-minute set. Tears For Fears came out and blew everyone away starting with “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” and closing with “Head Over Heels” then “Shout.” Between each artist a different presenter came out and talked before announcing the next artist.


Loverboy opened with “The Kid Is Hot Tonite,” and closed with their biggest hit “Working For The Weekend.” Between sets and presenters various ‘80s montages of TV shows, movies, pop culture and more were on the big screens to keep the theme going not just for the music.


Billy Idol was third to play and in 25 minutes amazed everyone with his high-energy performance, which he gives every night. Idol started with “Dancing With Myself,” followed by “White Wedding” and ended with “Rebel Yell.” This was a tough set to follow. Between sets there was a rotating stage to keep things moving.


Next up was Rick Springfield who played hit after hit starting with “Light This Party Up,” then “I’ve Done Everything For You,” “Affair of the Heart,” Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “Love Somebody,” and was joined by Cody Simpson for “Jessie’s Girl.” Recently Springfield has been doing shows solo guitar, and it was great seeing a whole band again.


Second to last was none other than Dale Bozzio and Missing Persons with Prescott Niles (The Knack) on bass. Missing Persons played all hits with “Mental Hopscotch,” “Noticeable One,” “Words,” Destination Unknown” and “Walking in L.A.”


Culture Club closed the show. The reunited group gave such a great performance starting with “Church of the Poison Mind” and went hit after hit with “Miss Me Blind,” “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “Do You Really Hurt Me?,” “Karma Chameleon,” and added a bonus song after the confetti and end of the taping—“Starman”—as a tribute to Boy George’s idol David Bowie. Culture Club regularly included Bowie songs in their sets back in the ‘80s.

iHeart did a great job with the event and hopefully there will be another one since this one sold out.

Photos by Frazer Harrison (Getty), Kevin Winter (Getty), Todd Owyoung and Rob Hoffman. Text by Alex Kluft

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