Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - May 03, 2006
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WAVE WAIKIKI will close its doors after decades as the place to be after 2 a.m. If you remember when it was Lava-Lava, you’ve been around a while - but you really know your stuff if you recall that Jesus Christ once led the house band there. Well, not exactly. Singer Teddy Neeley, who played the lead role in the film version of the smash Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar, was the singer back when the location was known as the Peppermint Lounge ...


Jackson Browne was recently in town for a convention show, packing an amazing 25,000 pounds of equipment that absolutely had to get from Maui to Honolulu first thing in the morning. It took the airline several trips to get every piece to Oahu, but in the process they had to delay several hundred Krispie Kreme doughnuts headed to a Pearl Harbor function ...

Folks are still talking about Damian Marley‘s concert at the Waikiki Shell, calling it the best show of the year. Of the three Marleys I’ve presented here (Bob and Ziggy are the others), Damian is proving to be the most dynamic performer. The unsung hero of the show has to be Garfield Logan, who waved a six-foot Jamaican flag - through the entire 90-minute set ...


Circle 3 Productions, specializing in multimedia marketing, opened its doors with one heck of a shindig that featured entertainment by Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, Al Water-son, Jordan Segundo, Kristian Lei, Tani Lynn Fujimoto and Marlene Baldueza. The attendees were just as stellar, with Kim Taylor Reece, George Chun, casting directors Sue Larkin and Anna Fishburn, Bret Wagner, Kathryn Wagner, Robert Pennybacker, Jason Kina, Kyle Funasaki, Keith Usher and others on hand ...

Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson

Yes frontman Jon Anderson, who spends time in the islands whenever he can, will host his first solo concert at Hawaii Theatre on May 21. Tickets went on sale this past weekend and aren’t expected to last long. If you’re a fan of Yes, you already know that Jon’s solo career is as prolific as his band career. Check out his collaborative works with Vangelis for something truly different ...

The Kokua Festival on Maui brought out the stars, including Doobie Brothers’ Pat Simmons, Mick Fleetwood of

Fleetwood Mac and Academy Award-nominee Laura Dern (now married to Ben Harper) ...

The Carpenters poster
The Carpenters poster

50th State Wrestling memories: While doing research for my “this week” item, I came across this gem from 1967 - it was at the Civic Auditorium, where Hawaiian Tag Team Champions “Handsome” Johnny Barend and Hans Mortier lost their title in a championship match against Ripper Collins and Curtis “The Bull” Iaukea ...

This week in 1972: I presented The Carpenters at the Arena in their last concert in Hawaii. After the show, we all dined at Nick’s Fishmarket. The reigning kings of radio at the time were The Stylistics, who topped Hawaii’s charts with a two-sided hit: Betcha By Golly Wow and Ebony Eyes.

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 or on the web at http://www.oldies1079honolulu.com.

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