Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - August 23, 2006
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IT’S TOO BAD that Movin’ Out, scheduled for the Blaisdell Concert Hall Sept. 8-17, has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase, but it’s rather sad. Friends from Asia who’ve attended this Tony award-winning musical say it’s one of the best events ever. Even top Tokyo DJ Kamasami Kong raved, “it was one of the best events (including concerts, musicals, movies) I’ve ever seen.” We’re missing a good one, Hawaii ...

Mahealani of The Glamsquad is still red-faced over her faux pas at the airport last week. While greeting rock band Tool, arriving for their two sold-out Blaisdell shows this past weekend, she managed to mistake an unrelated passenger from that flight for one of Tool’s entourage. It must’ve been his rock icon persona that caught her eye - that passenger turned out to be Kirk Hammett of Metallica, who was all smiles after his big - and unexpected - Hawaiian welcome ...

Singing sensation Rhianna, nominated for two MTV music video awards, has booked a return visit and will be wowing the crowd at Pipeline Café on Nov. 15. All ages are welcome. She’s really looking forward to getting back to Hawaii to perform her blockbuster summer hit Unfaithful for her fans. Tickets are $25 in advance and available through Ticketmaster now ...


This week in 1970: Dionne Warwick performed two nights at the H.I.C. Arena and kicked off a show-biz trend. Catering has become an important component of every big concert, with artists needing to feed their hard-working crews. Scores of entertainers who played Hawaii prior to Dionne’s shows, like the Young Rascals, Jimi Hendrix, The Monkeys, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, had nothing more than the backstage water fountain for refreshments. That pretty much changed with Dionne, who, just minutes before her show, asked if she might have a hot dog and a Pepsi before her performance. I rushed to the concession stand to fulfill her request, and the 45 cents I spent was the beginning of catering at our Arena - only these days, the bill can run as high as six figures ...

The No. 1 song in Hawaii was recorded by Dionne, but never became a hit for her. It did for another group, though. The Carpenters were at the top of the charts, for the third week in a row, with Close To You ...

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