Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 02, 2009
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ELTON JOHN, along with his flamboyant percussionist Ray Cooper, returns to Blaisdell Arena next month. With Jan. 6 a fast sellout, a second concert has been added on Saturday, Jan. 9, with tickets going on sale this Saturday at Blaisdell Box Office and Ticketmaster. Cooper first performed here with Elton in three sold-out concerts Oct. 25, 26 and 27, 1974, in the Arena ... Fun Fact: From a 1974 Sunbums concert review by Hank McMonigle: “Ray Cooper played drums, congas, tambourine, chimes, assorted percussives and a gong, which he eventually knocked off the back of the stage. At one point, Ray himself fell off the back of the stage!” Welcome back, Ray! It’s been 35 years since I picked you up from the airport the last time you were here! ...

Janet Jackson‘s new video Make Me features two of Hawaii’s own dancers: Cara Horibe from ABDC’S FANNY PAK and Mark Kanemura from SYTYCD ... Fun fact: Both Mark and Cara are graduates of Castle High School ...


Jake Shimabukuro‘s audiences have included Neil Young, Robin Williams, Dave Koz, Dennis Hopper, Les Paul and Danny DeVito - not bad for a kid from Kaimuki High School ... Next he’ll be traveling to England Dec. 7 to join Radford’s Bette Midler, performing at the Blackpool Opera House before her Majesty the Queen! ...

What’s next? Next Door is hosting The Aggrolites Live with GO Jimmy GO and Black Square Friday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. ... Fun fact: The Aggrolites were featured on the Van’s Warped Tour ‘09, which ended with a national movie theater screening of the tour’s 15th anniversary celebration in L.A. ...

One of the all-time great holiday TV specials, The Three Tenors Christmas, starring Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special showing on PBS this Saturday at 8 p.m. Originating from Vienna, selections include White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride, as well as beloved carols and sacred songs such as O Holy Night, Adeste Fideles, Ave Maria and Amazing Grace. The tenors are accompanied by the Vienna Symphony and joined by the Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen Children’s Choir. ...

This week in 1959: I had the pleasure in introducing these stars at the 19th Show Of Stars at the Civic Auditorium: Jimmy Clanton, The Four Preps, Japan’s Hirao Masaaki, Jan and Dean, Dick Jenson and The Royal Drifters ...


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