Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - September 27, 2006
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Mick Jagger, 1998
Mick Jagger, 1998

IN 1966, Ron Jacobs was running the No. 1 radio station in the country, KHJ in Los Angeles. He was the reason the Rolling Stones crossed the Pacific Ocean for their first concert in Hawaii. I would never have thought, when I introduced Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones at the H.I.C. (now Blaisdell) Arena on July 26, 1966, that any of us would still be in this business 40 years later, but here we are! Happy anniversary, guys, and may November 22, 2006, at Aloha Stadium be your wildest and best concert ever ...

I’m also happy to report that TV and film production coordinator Angie Laprete, who has handled all our previous stadium VIP parties, will be working on both the Rolling Stones and U2/Pearl Jam pre-concert soirees. This time, though, her crew will include son Aidan, 5, and daughter Aya, barely 2 months old ...

The Rock
The Rock

Hawaii’s hottest new movie star is Duane Johnson. Duane who? You know him as The Rock, former WWE superstar. It’s a long run from his football days at McKinley High School to his latest movie, Gridiron Gang, but he’s getting great reviews and doing big business. The Rock’s island buddy Kaui Kauai reports that Duane’s ecstatic over the movie’s No. 1 box office status. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy - congratulations, Duane ...

Multiple Grammy winners Ozomatli are touring the islands, with stops at Aloha Tower Marketplace on Oct. 12, Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Oct. 13 and Kauai War Memorial on Oct. 14. This Latin-fusion band makes the best feel-happy music out there, so don’t miss them ...

Cecilio & Kapono are on the road again. Let your Mainland pals know they’ll be in California at the Canyon Club, Angora Hills, on Oct. 5, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano on Oct. 7, Humphrey’s in San Diego on Oct. 8, and Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 21. They then head to Japan for a five-city tour starting Oct. 30 and 31 at the prestigious Blue Note in Osaka ...

Jake Shimabukuro celebrates the release of his new CD, Gently Weeps, this Saturday night at 7:30 at the Convention Center. The $25 ticket includes Jake, free parking, and a free buffet at intermission ...

This week in 1979: Jimmy Buffett and the Eagles, a double-bill, draws a crowd of 23,000 to Aloha Stadium. They pay $10 advance and $12.50 at the gate. Burl Burlingame writes in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that “Jimmy Buffett did his best to turn Aloha Stadium into a little shrimp-and-beer bar, but the Eagles managed to turn it back into a full-blown concert arena.” He gives the show a great review and refers to the Eagles as “the premier American rock band today ... forget wimpy adolescent hype-bands like KISS or the Knack.” The No. 1 hit in the country for the sixth week in a row is My Sharona by the Knack ...

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