• Monthly Archives: July 2016

    Kim Wilde returns for Australian tour 2016

    The beautiful and talented Kim Wilde returns to tour Australia in November 2016 with the always polite Howard Jones.

    Kim Wilde speaks to us from her lounge room today about her music, her garden and her hair.

    I remind Kim of the last time we met, which naturally she has no recollection of, but she still has an ironic joy of certain 80s bands as you will hear.

    She takes some of your questions and gets ready for your selfie sticks.

    Warning, interview contains unconventional use of peanut butter.

    Kim Wilde and Howard Jones tour details:

    Totally 80s audience bloopers- This is why we can’t have nice things

    When the Totally 80s show was in Sydney at the Enmore Theatre last week I had a great idea.

    Just go out into the crowd at Enmore Theatre and ask them how they liked the show, I thought. What could go wrong? I thought.

    It’s a great video, but probably not for the right reasons.

    In the immortal words of philosopher Adam West; “Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.” (or drunks)

    This is our blooper reel from that video shoot by Richard Saunders. The final drunk free edit we used is here

    Video: Totally 80s stole my brain Saturday night

    Saturday night at Enmore Theatre I ventured into the crowd to take the cultural temperature of the group zeitgeist.

    This turned out to be less than one of the more intellectual pursuits of the 21st century.

    Canberra and Katrina’s Totally 80s poodle

    Canberra’s venue has the best sound characteristics so far on the tour. In the Royal Theatre I was able to sit in as Martika and Limahl sound checked before the meet and greet with their fans, which I’ve started hosting as I can record interviews with the fans for Planet Maynard.

    I am still having trouble relaxing into being around people that have been just an image on a screen or a song on the radio that formed a soundtrack to part of my life.

    One of Berlin’s fans at the fan meet up explained that when Terri Nunn sings “Take My Breath Away”, she is transported instantly back to being in early dating relationships and the emotions attached to those times, not to mention staring at Tom Cruise posters on her bedroom wall.

    This is where I’ve always been happy to be unfashionable. A song that is from the Top Gun soundtrack isn’t going to cut it with Radiohead fans, but we all exist in a musical multiverse that isn’t completely of our own making, and why can’t we choose our own musical adventure without someone looking down their nose ring at us?

    In Poodle News-

    Katrina (from the Waves) has published an alternative guide to London co authored with Peggy Lee her discriminating toy poodle.

    Her book has finally made me realise my life is a larger farce than already expected. If you haven’t got a poodle (as indeed Weird Al Yankovic has had) you can’t experience any major city seriously.

    Peggy Lee, Katrina's poodle, explores London.
    Peggy Lee, Katrina’s poodle, explores London.

    I love Berlin (& I’m not talking Weimar Republic)

    Thank you Enmore Theatre for one of the wildest shows it has been my pleasure to be involved with.

    Even before the show, everyone was singing along with every song on the pre show tape.

    My job was to come on and name the artists (although Stacey Q was unwell tonight and unable to play Sydney, fans should drop her a line and wish her a speedy recovery) and introduce and back announce them. The Sydney audience made it a pleasure.

    The crowd tonight hung on every song of every performer onstage, and when I genuinely thanked them for “actually leaving the house to experience music” they were ready for a huge night.

    I popped into the foyer and out the front of the Enmore Theatre with my camera crew (the Skeptic Zone podcast host Richard Saunders) to record some of the punters having a good time for this website and to show the world that shamelessness is no shame.

    I especially enjoy the range of reactions Berlin get to their set. Terri Nunn wandering among the crowd singing “Take My Breath Away” is a hi-light of the show. From a performers perspective, seeing 2000 people with their backs to the stage, watching her dance with an unexpecting couple at the very back of the venue is surreal.

    After the show Saturday night, Terri Nunn, David Schulz & Chris Olivas asked to have their photo taken with ME.

    I was honoured to ham it up with them. I see my job as making their job as performers easier. I’m hope that happened tonight.

    As I said “if the Weimar Republic had been anything like (the band we just saw) Berlin, the world would be a better place.”

    Roll on to Canberra……

    Maynard with Berlin Enmore Theatre, Totally 80s tour
    Maynard with Berlin Enmore Theatre, Totally 80s tour

    Shameless 80s in Sydney

    The first night as MC in Melbourne at the very special Palais Theatre was a cavalcade of 80s sights and sounds. Although someone forgot to tell the crew there had been an MC added to the lineup, so sometimes my mic channel wasn’t up on the front of house sound desk. Paul Grey of Wa Wa Nee is a very helpful and gracious Musical Director, who helped me fill the gaps.

    But the audience is up for a variety show in the vein of an 1980s Corny Collins of Hairspray. Limahl and Terri Nunn have a great sense of humour and the the tour seems to have an air of fun about it that perhaps a Morrissey tour may not.

    Enmore theatre in Sydney and already our two almost biological perfect and indistinguishable dancers have been compared to Kenny Everett’s Hot Gossip dancers in one review. I’m on the right show.

    See you tonight Sydney, got to do my eyeliner the way that James Freud taught me. (we used Kohl brand pencil I think)

    Maynard, MC for the Totally 80s tour across Australia

    I join the Totally 80s tour tonight in Melbourne at The Palais, so for the rest of the month it’s the touring life once again. I’ve already met Real Life, Ivan (Men Without Hats), Paul Lekakis (he’s a live wire) and the very versatile backing band.

    The dancers have warned me that people jumped onstage on the Gold Coast and caused a moment of unstructured narrative in the show.

    Give me a wave, but remember you can’t hear of see a thing from the stage.

    Sydney tomorrow night…..

    Sounds of Seduction nightclub 2000

    The legendary Sounds of Seduction, a full hour of fun and funky weird ass music video…

    Perhaps the most exotic and exciting night in Sydney’s history is Sounds of Seduction. Hosted by Jay Katz and Miss Death, it plays the broadest range of music imaginable.

    On the release of the now very collectable Sounds of Seduction CD, I did a Channel V special on the Club in 2000.

    You will meet the guests, the hosts, the go go dancers and the wildest selection of music inner city Sydney experienced for decades.

    AND let me know if you are planning to enjoy Sunday afternoon upstairs at the Darlo Bar, Kings Cross for Viva La Vinyl.

    Because I’ll be there…

    Last Maynardarama in Newcastle Saturday

    Saturday is the last Maynardarama in Newcastle. We’ve had some fun at The Royal Exchange in Bolton Street since November last year. Every month bringing a surprise line up of video clips to Dean’s big screen and welcome downstairs bar.

    I’m thinking Elvira might be a good way to go out.

    Full details at Maynard’s Facebook page

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