Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - April 26, 2006
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Jack Johnson

IF YOU WEREN’T lucky enough to snag tickets to Jack Johnson‘s sold-out shows on Maui and in Honolulu this past weekend, you’re in good company. I couldn’t get any, either. Jack’s wildly popular around the globe, not just here at home.

Pollstar, a music insider’s publication, reports that during his recent tour of England, Jack sold 15,500 tickets in The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool ...

Music industry tongues are wagging with this one: Local folks have been buying tickets to, and supporting, the Brothers Cazimero May Day concerts at the Waikiki Shell for going on three decades. This year, on the very same day, our state (with support from the city) has decided to present a “free May Day show” geared toward visitors at the Kapiolani Bandstand - featuring top local entertainers and backed by government funding. If the brainiacs behind this slap in the face had only considered introducing tourists to a true local tradition (by buying a block of tickets to the Brothers Caz), they would have done a better job of sharing our culture while also supporting the community ...

The Waikiki Spam Jam is all set for this Saturday on Kalakaua Avenue, free to the public! With nearly 7 million cans of the stuff consumed here each year, we oughta know all the different ways to fix it, but there’ll be a few new recipes to try - plus great entertainment from the likes of 2006 Grammy Award nominee Raiatea Helm, Go Jimmy Go, Keahiwai and B.E.T. to name a few ...

Good friend and longtime manager of Johnny Cash, Lou Robin, is busier than ever, very much involved in handling the ongoing Cash career. He was the associate producer of the hit movie Walk The Line , and happily told me that DVD sales and rental figures so far total more than $40 million worldwide ... Thanks to Lou, I presented Johnny here several times. I fondly remember one show we did at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, when Lou mentioned that he had an extra ticket to go to Australia and asked if I’d like to join them - of course I would! The next day during a stopover in Aukland, Johnny told a story about a pub visit during his first trip to New Zealand. It seems a local farmer and mega-fan had named his horse after the star, and upon hearing that his idol was in the neighborhood had marched the horse into the pub ... imagine Johnny’s unmistakable voice relating their introduction: “Johnny Cash ... meet Johnny Cash.”

Jake Shimabukuro‘s getting lots of media attention on his current U.S. tour with isle regular Jimmy Buffett. Jake’s slated for 15 dates with the mayor of Margaritaville, who has nothing but good things to say about him ... And speaking of Buffett, this week in 1982 Jimmy performed his first concert for me at the Waikiki Shell. Shortly after that we flew to Tahiti for a May Day show at the OTAC in Papeete. It was during this visit that Jimmy wrote what has become one of his signature songs, One Particular Harbor ...

The No. 1 hit in Hawaii this week in 1982 ... Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder ...

Listen to Tom Moffatt from 8 a.m. every Saturday morning during Uncle Tom’s Rock and Roll Drive-In on Oldies on 107.9 FM and worldwide on the Internet at oldies1079honolulu.com.

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