Holy 1981, MTV!
Three of the biggest acts of the golden age of MTV are coming to the USANA Amphitheatre this summer.
Fresh off last year’s successful Rio Tinto Stadium show, Journey returns for another round of rock anthems and monster ballads that rang out at high school proms across the nation in the ’80s. In 1981, Journey released one of their biggest albums ever in Escape. A couple of years later, they released Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) and the parody videos have kept us entertained ever since (look for the 2008 BYU-Idaho Film Festival award winning entry on You Tube).
In 1981, Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run” was the second video ever played on MTV. Her impact on both music and style in the 80′s was undeniable. In recent years, she has toured every summer and her voice is still incredibly strong. Benatar and her husband, lead guitarist Neil Giraldo, are getting back on the road after being forced to cancel several tour dates last fall due to an arm injury suffered by Giraldo. He has since fully recovered and the team of Benatar-Giraldo are ready to rock again.
Loverboy released their album Get Lucky in 1981. You know, the one with the red leather pants. It produced several hits, including their signature songs, “Working for the Weekend” and “Turn Me Loose.” The four surviving original members are still with the band and touring.