Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - June 21, 2006
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This could be the concert of the year: I’m happy to announce that Another Planet Entertainment (the successors to Bill Graham Presents), in association with my good friend Bill Silva and yours truly, will present the Black Eyed Peas in concert at Blaisdell Arena on Aug. 14. Tickets ($45 and $55) go on sale this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Blaisdell box office and Ticketmaster outlets…

A listener called in to my radio show last Saturday to reminisce about the fabulous Leon Russell concert I promoted in 1971, and our talk turned to the second piano player who shared the stage at the show. Few people would have recognized him back then, but he was none other than the late Billy Preston, who went on to earn several Grammy awards during his illustrious career. Preston, who passed away earlier this month, wrote some great hit songs, including Joe Cocker’s signature tune You Are So Beautiful. He recorded and performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Diamond and Beatles, but I’ll always remember him as “the other pianist” with Leon on that unforgettable September night at the Arena…


Football Hall of Famer Steve Young and his wife Barbara have christened their newborn daughter Summer Ann. She was named after Summer Jensen, daughter of Barbara’s aunt Judy and Hawaii’s singing great Dick Jensen. I’m proud to mention she’s also my goddaughter. Last Thursday found us, along with other family and close friends, honoring Dick and celebrating his wonderful life at Kaiser Hospital. You could tell by the huge grin on his face that he loved every minute of it. Highlights included a hilarious imitation of Dick’s trademark “Lone Ranger” bit, and the super-secret wine-tasting where Dick accurately pegged the 2003 vintage from only a couple of drops on his lips…

Taste of Honolulu celebrates its 15th year this weekend on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. Catch the cook-off between Hawaii’s U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo and Hawaii’s Attorney General Mark Bennett on Saturday night and find out if they’ve got the right stuff to be iron…


If you missed Honolulu: 100 Years In The Making, you can catch it when it’s rebroadcast on KGMB-TV this Monday, June 26, at 7 p.m. It’s chock-full of unforgettable footage from the turn of the century, Lurline boat days, 1930s dancing at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, high school football games at the old Honolulu Stadium, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Mayor Mufi Hannemann remembering 50th State Wrestling (and doing a heck of an impression of Curtis “The Bull” Iaukea)...

This week in 1985: Music and fashion were always the passion as Barry Manilow brought his Copacabana Tour to the Blaisdell Arena for two nights. Tickets were $16.50 and my co-presenter was none other than producer Allan Carr (of Grease fame). The No. 1 song, by Tears for Fears, was Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

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