Video: “No One Is To Blame” live by Howard Jones at the Retro Futura Tour

Posted by The G on August 22, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

HD Video, Pix and words by G.

Howard Jones 2014

Howard Jones 2014

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  Hey According2g.com readers!  I know it’s been a minute since we’ve seen each other.  I’ve been exploring other projects and I’ll be sharing the details of my latest book (or how I spent my summer break) very soon, so please stay tuned.  But let’s get back to the matter at hand which was the Retro Futura Tour, which made a stop in New York on August 21, 2014 at the Best Buy Theater.  We were treated to sets by 1980s music titans Katrina and the Waves, China Crisis and Midge Ure before Howard Jones (and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins – more on Tom coming soon) took the stage.  Decked out in a fabulous orange suit, Howard played a bunch of his hits including “Everlasting Love,” “What Is Love?” “Like To Get To Know You Well,” “The Prisoner,” “New Song,” “Things Can Only Get Better” (and after he played the version we all know and love from the 80s, he played a dance version of it, which was thumpin!) as well as the video you are about to see “No One Is To Blame.” The set showed that Howard has so many other great songs that there was not time to play (read: come back soon Howard!) including “Look Mama,” “Life in One Day,” “You Know I Love You… Don’t You” and more recent songs such as “Tomorrow Is Now” and  “Let The People Have Their Say.”  If you get the chance to see the Retro Futura Tour, I recommend it as you’ll have many flashbacks to our beloved 80s and you’ll see how great these bands and their music have aged.

And now, the mega-hit “No One Is To Blame.”

Enjoy, dear readers!  I know I did!

Howard Jones and Geoffrey Dicker 2014.  Photo by Joe.

Howard Jones and Geoffrey Dicker 2014. Photo by Joe.

Thanks again, Howard!  Great seeing you again!

Sculptures by Herb Alpert at ACA Galleries

Posted by The G on January 20, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Herb Alpert.

Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert

Sure you know the music of legendary musician Herb Alpert, but did you know he is also an accomplished artist?  Many of his sculptures are on display at New York’s ACA Galleries and also 3 of his really large sculptures are on display at Dante Park (through mid-April 2014.)

Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert

You can’t see the detail in these works so it’s recommended you head over to the gallery to see Herb’s art with your own eyes.

Fun fact:  Herb Alpert is the only artist to date that has topped the Billboard chart as an instrumentalist and a vocalist.

Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert

These works are on display at ACA Galleries (located at 529 West 20th Street, 5th Floor) in Manhattan through March 1, 2014.

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An Encounter with Richard Blade

Posted by The G on October 13, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photo by Joe.

Richard Blade and Geoffrey Dicker

Richard Blade and Geoffrey Dicker

A few weeks ago, I was seeing one of my all time favorites, Pet Shop Boys, in concert and I ran into another legend at the show – Richard Blade.  If you grew up in Southern California as I did, you listened to Richard Blade on KROQ and/or watched his program Video One.  Because of Richard Blade, you were introduced to all the great (and some not-so-great) British bands of the 1980s and his programs were essential listening.  From personal experience, I can say that Richard Blade turned me on to so many of my favorite bands and I thank him for playing a big role in my life.  I’ve met Richard Blade many times over the years (though this was my first NYC Richard Blade experience) and as always, Richard was extremely cool.  Love you Richard!  Thanks for everything!!!!

An Encounter with Regis Philbin

Posted by The G on September 5, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

Regis Philbin and Geoffrey Dicker

Regis Philbin and Geoffrey Dicker

I love random on the street encounters!  Meeting talk show host Regis Philbin marks a great year for me in the 6 Degrees of Separation game because through him, Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters, all of whom I’ve met in 2013, I can connect to pretty much every star of note!  It was recently Regis’ birthday and he shares his special day with my mom, so belated birthday greetings to my mom and Regis!  Thanks again!

An Encounter with The Fixx

Posted by The G on April 13, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Cy Curnin of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

Cy Curnin of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

One of my 1980s fan boy dreams came true last week when I got the chance to see The Fixx live in concert. If you’re only aware of their monster hits such as “Red Skies,” “Saved by Zero” or “One Thing Leads to Another,” I encourage you to check out their deep cuts as well as their more recent material such as 2012’s “Beautiful Friction,” which features the classic line up of The Fixx.

Jamie West-Oram of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

Jamie West-Oram of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

The Fixx were super cool when I met them and I of course couldn’t help gushing to each of them how happy I was to finally get to see them in concert.

Dan K Brown of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

Dan K Brown of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again to The Fixx for the great music: past, present and future!!!

Rupert Greenall of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

Rupert Greenall of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

 

Adam Woods of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

Adam Woods of The Fixx and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again guys!!!!

 

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