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Can’t see Journey live? Don’t worry! Here’s their set list.

We’d all LOVE to see Journey live in concert on this tour run, but for a number of reasons (time, money, location, etc etc etc), not all of us can make that happen on a whim.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d share Journey’s SETLIST from the recent “Freedom Tour” with Toto that kicked off a few weeks ago.

Thanks to our friends at Just Jared – you can enjoy it here.

And no… you won’t have to wait until the encore for “Don’t Stop Believin’!”  That’s good news!

(You can also enjoy it here.)

Rock on, Journey – and let’s turn up!

CONCERT ALERT: We’re so HAPPY about The Cure!

In our estimation, there’s no one who has written a songbook of SADDER songs over the years than The Cure.

They are moody.

They are pensive.

They lack a joy for life.

And we LOVE them for it.

That’s why we’re excited to see that they’ll be back on the road for a 2023 Summer Tour, announced earlier today.



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Just don’t bring your sad face to the show.  Be happy!  It’s one of our favorite original EMO bands!  That’s something to be joyful for!

After all, we’ll have to make up for the band’s lack of happiness with a little from the crowd.

Congratulations to our friends at Sunny 106 WDSN!

Our Throwback Nation Radio team would like to extend a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our affiliate, Sunny 106 WDSN-FM in DuBois, Pennsylvania; their team was recently nominated for a Crystal Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

The awards, which honor broadcasters for outstanding community service, will be given out this coming April at the NAB convention in Las Vegas.

To Marissa, Jay, and the SUNNY TEAM: THANK YOU!  We appreciate you having your station as a part of the Throwback Nation, and being a part of the fabric of what YOU do in DuBois!  Keep up the amazing work – and we’ll keep the Throwbacks coming for you!

Behind The Scenes with Tommy Lee: see Motley Crue and Def Leppard’s Tour Plane

The 2023 Def Leppard/Motley Crue world tour has been piquing our interest for some time now.  While most of the dates are in other parts of the world, we do get a FEW coming up in the U.S. in late summer – and the STYLE in which these two supergroups of the ’80s are coming together is NOTHING SHORT of GLAM.

Tommy Lee, no stranger to posting videos (AHEM)… took to his instagram feed to show off the private jet the bands are sharing as they roll through Europe.  And it’s everything you’d expect.


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As for the tour itself?  PRETTY EPIC TOO.  Check the dates, and a full preview here.


ICYMI: The history of The Red Hot Chili Peppers on “60 Minutes”

If you’ve grown up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers through the years, it’s official: the Red Hot Chili Peppers have grown up…with YOU.

Earlier this year, the band sat down with CBS’ “60 Minutes” for a history lesson on how they came to be, the background of their friendships, and how they keep continuing to break ground on new music after working together for over 35 years.  Their story is one of creativity, striving to be students of the world, and a little bit of fate wrapped up into one.

And we can’t help but think, “yeah, you’re grown ups now, you’re on ’60 Minutes,’ guys.”

Take a watch from the interview earlier this year…and enjoy at your leisure!


CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Lionel Richie is hitting the road with Earth, Wind and Fire

We’ve had a TON of great concerts announced this Summer; between Journey, Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel, Madonna, and so many others, we’re not sure WHICH ONE we wanna see first!

And unfortunately, we’re going to have to make ONE MORE TOUGH decision – because there’s ANOTHER one we want to see!

(Though, admittedly, this is a GREAT problem to have!)

After Lionel Richie wraps this season of “American Idol” and a quick tour through Europe, he’s joining forces with Earth, Wind and Fire for 20+ dates here in the states, too!


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“Singasong All Night Long” will launch in the Twin Cities in August and run through mid-September.


Aug. 4 – St Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 5 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Aug. 8 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Aug. 9 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Aug. 11 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Aug. 12 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug. 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Aug. 18 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Aug. 19 – Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena
Aug. 22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Aug. 25 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – FLA Live Arena
Aug. 26 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Aug. 29 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Sept. 1 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Sept. 2 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 5 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Sept. 8 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Sept. 11 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Sept. 12 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Sept. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum



Ashton Kutcher, Reese Witherspoon…and The Cars?

It seems like a pretty textbook winner for a movie in 2023: Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon playing longtime friends in a “will they or won’t they” scenario that involves long-distance romances, a 13 year old son, fears of committment, a fling, and a little hockey to boot.

But one of the unexpected stars of the movie may be the soundtrack, highlighted by the hits of the late Ric Ocasek and The Cars.

While we’ll avoid giving away the “why The Cars are important” to the movie’s plotline, I’ll share; I’ve shared a couple of bands in a similar instance to Ashton’s character, Peter.  (Mine are Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Men At Work – and I have the original cassettes to prove it!)

If you haven’t watched it yet on Netflix, take it in sometime in the next couple weeks.

And perhaps more importantly – soak in some of The Cars while you’re at it – you won’t regret it!

If we’re gonna clean the house, let’s moonwalk!

We’re Moonwalking.

We’re Thriller-ing.

We’re doin’ it with My Boo.

We’re down for it ALL.

And yes, we’re cleaning house.

You may know of comedian Trey Kennedy from his viral videos on Tik Tok, Instagram, and YouTube; this is my favorite of his, channeling just about every great ’80s Throwback there is…and getting something accomplished in the meantime.

So next time you have to clean the house, grab that swiffer and do it up moonwalk style like this!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: February 26, 2023 – WATCH: one of Marvin Gaye’s final TV performances

Marvin Gaye’s string of R&B hits extends well back into the early 1960s.  As Motown came into its own in the late 60s and 70s, his fame SOARED with songs like “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “What’s Going On,” and “Let’s Get It On.”  (No subtlety there.)

As the next decade came, Gaye released, perhaps, his most iconic song with 1982’s “Sexual Healing.”  Songs like this marked a period of time for amazing soul records, love songs, and ballads that have stood the test of time well into today.

Unknowingly, one of Gaye’s last televised performances was stepping up for the national anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star Game at the Forum in Inglewood, California.  In true Marvin Gaye style, he gave it his own soulful take – embraced by critics and fans likewise.

Just a year after this performance, Gaye would be murdered by his own father after a family dispute.  It marked a period of great sadness for many in Motown’s family, including The Commodores, who released this tribute that has been covered by Bruce Springsteen and others.

So here’s to Marvin, today; a man whose career was cut short before it truly reached it’s apex, yet, a career that gives us so much amazing music to celebrate.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: February 24, 2023 – He’s funny, he’s dramatic…AND he can sing?

The years 1984 and 1985 were a banner time for Eddie Murphy; he was at the top of his game as an A+ character actor on “Saturday Night Live,” the movie offers for starring roles like Axel F in “Beverly Hills Cop” were starting to roll in… and then… poof, out of nowhere, he adds another part to his repertoire.


It’s true.  Eddie sang on several songs with his early comedy albums, but no one realized he had the talent to pull it off until, in 1985, released the Rick James-produced “Party All The Time.”  A lot of us, in retrospect, kinda thought, “hmmmmm.”  But here we are, nearly 40 years later, still turning up Eddie Murphy and wanting to hang with that girl who parties all the time.


While Eddie doesn’t look exactly NATURAL doing this – he made it work – and it makes him just ONE NOTCH higher on our Mount Rushmore of great entertainers.  So, here’s to Eddie today – and maybe finding that some of our other favorite actors and personalities can lend their voices to song, too!



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