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Bringing back the ‘80s (For One Night)

Supergroup Atlantic Starr takes the stage with other popular ‘80s music legends to rock the house at Pipeline Cafe next weekend as a benefit for Musical Youth Hawaii

Melissa Moniz
Friday - January 18, 2008
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Atlantic Starr
Atlantic Starr

Leg warmers, crimped hair and Members Only jackets weren’t the only things that made the ‘80s memorable - and great!

The ‘80s also was arguably one of the greatest eras for music, spilling out hits such as Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Material Girl, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Billie Jean and Girls Just Want To Have Fun, among a long list of others.

To celebrate the ‘80s and the amazing music that defined it, Atlantic Starr, Stevie B. and Angel of The Cover Girls are taking the stage at Pipeline Cafe next week Saturday (Jan. 26) for a concert that is sure to bring back memories.

“The best thing for memories is music, and especially music from their heart,” says James Coles, founder of Musical Youth of Hawaii and the concert’s promoter. “This concert (a benefit for Musical Youth of Hawaii) is for my age bracket, and I’ve been waiting 20 years for this concert to come around. Whenever I’ve seen Tom Moffatt throwing those ‘60s and ‘70s concerts, I thought it was so cool because I’ve seen how the room would light up to hear the music of their time.”

Opening the concert will be Angel from the Cover Girls performing hits such as Show Me, Because of You, Promise Me and My Heart Skips A Beat.

The lead singer of the original Cover Girls, Angel Clivilles spent the latter part of the ‘80s touring the world with her two fellow band members, Caroline Jackson and Margo Urban. The touring included nationwide performances with other ‘80s talents such as Milli Vanilli, New Kids On The Block, Menudo and even stage acquaintance for this upcoming concert, Stevie B.

“I’m excited about this concert because I haven’t seen Atlantic Starr perform in years, and I’m excited to work with Stevie,” says Angel, who just relocated to North Carolina from New York. “I used to work with Stevie all the time.”

Angel The Original Cover Girl
Angel The Original Cover Girl

The Cover Girls’ first album, which released in 1987, proved to be a hit with their most recognizable song today, Show Me.The success of the album led to a record deal with then industry giant Capitol Records, and the production of their second album, We Can’t Go Wrong. Three songs from the album rose to the top the Billboard charts, including a No. 1 position for the title track.

“I got into the business very young, and I had nothing to show for it financially,” says Angel. “We had stars in our eyes, we were teenagers and we just wanted to perform. And until this day I just want to perform, but you have those crooks and they just pounce on you, and it’s a very hard business. I was 10 years into the game when I started to learn the business, so that was 10 years of having No. 1 records and never receiving a royalty.”

Angel says it was a “personal decision” when she stopped performing with the Cover Girls in 1992. Since then she has been touring the country as “Angel The Original Cover Girl"and working on a number of projects, which include writing a semi-autobiographical book and recording. In 2000, her re-release of the Cover Girl hit Show Me made it to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard dance charts.

“It was the same song, same singer, 15 years later and it went to No. 1 - I’m very proud of that,” says Angel.

No. 1 also is a familiar spot for the next group to take the stage - Atlantic Starr. Headlining the concert, this ‘80s supergroup is known worldwide for its soulful ballads and classic R&B hits.

“For the concert, we’re going to do all our R&B and pop hits - Always, Am I Dreaming, Secret Lovers,” says Jonathan Lewis, one of three Lewis brothers (Jonathan, David and Wayne) who started the group in 1976.

Stevie B.
Stevie B.

Making their mark throughout the late ‘70s, ‘80s and early ‘90s, the pinnacle of their career had to have been in the mid-‘80s, specifically 1987. “That’s when everything just blew up career-wise, and I think that was our highest rise,” adds Lewis. “That was the high point, Always was the No. 1 song. That song did a lot for us.”

Always, a popular wedding song and karaoke favorite, shot Atlantic Starr into stardom. However, the spotlight was already familiar territory for the band with their previous hits such as Secret Lovers, If Your Heart Isn’t In It and Love Me Down.

Atlantic Starr remained strong through the early ‘90s with Billboard chart-topping hits Masterpiece, Love Crazy and I’ll Remember You.

To date the band released 14 albums, with No. 15 currently in the works. Also keeping the guys busy is a heavy touring schedule, which includes “a lot of weekend stuff” and a few Japan gigs.

“We’re one of the few classic R&B groups that still get a lot of radio play all over the world because the music is timeless,” says Lewis.“Because of that, it forces us to go out and do performances and concerts, which is a good thing.”

For next weekend’s concert, Lewis says that they’ll be “bringing people back to a time when music was music.A time when people could focus on the song to make them feel love and happiness. It was life, and it was a part of life that really meant something to you.You hear those songs back in those days and you actually have a visualiza-


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