Where Are They Now?
If you're asking about random musical acts from the '80s and '90s, the answer is "In D.C., this summer." Why is it that bands you haven't heard about in 10-15 years get up and tour once the spring/summer concert season begins?
I mean, take MC Hammer. I thought the Hammer sort of called it quits a few years after, um, "Too Legit To Quit," but apparently the man who will never live down the parachute pants is poised for a comeback. Earlier this year, he started a blog and later this month, he's set to perform at the Show Place Arena with MC Lyte, Whodini, Kool Moe Dee and Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh (who are also perhaps one of rap's best duos of all time). I'm sure they'll all come with new material, but don't we all just want to hear the hits? Anyone who says they don't know at least a few of the words to "U Can't Touch This" is lying.
Also, let us now consider Eddie Money. According to the Money Man's Web site, he released a new album in February. You mean you didn't pre-order a copy through Amazon? Oh that's right, you couldn't have. The Money Man's CD is only available through cdbaby.com. Seems the rocker is trying to get back to a simpler time -- a time without record labels who could drop him like Columbia did in the mid-'90s. You can try to sell me on the new stuff, Eddie, but my heart will always belong to "Take Me Home Tonight." If the Post review from Money's 2005 show in D.C. is any indication of what's to come, this show is not to be missed so pick up your "Two Tickets to Paradise" today.
And there are others: Pearl Jam, New Edition's show with K-Ci and Jo-Jo and the New Jack Swing Reunion Tour (featuring Tony Toni Tone and Blackstreet). These performers haven't been totally inactive over the years, but even so, thinking of these guys on stage is like reliving a middle school dance. If I had my way, Eazy-E and Nirvana would be there to join them too.
So if you could pick one musician from back in the day to romp through D.C., who would it be?
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