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Remember This: Male Singers

This is the third blog in a series that focuses on musical acts from the past that I enjoy. The first was on female singers. The second was on groups. This one will focus on male singers. So who do I want to put the spotlight back on?

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Adam Ant
This singer from London, first made a splash in the group Adam and the Ants. With outrageous music videos and a great fashion sense, he definitely had his own style.
Essential songs: Goody Two Shoes, Strip


Billy Idol
With his spiky bleach blonde hair, and his snear, he was made for the music video era. He took punk to the mainstream, and had a few hits along the way.
Essential songs: Dancing with Myself, Rebel Yell


Michael Bolton
Singer-songwriter Michael Bolton definitely made plenty of hearts flutter back in the day… with his beautiful long locks and sexy, romantic vocals.
Essential songs: How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, When a Man Loves a Woman


Rick Springfield
He was my main teenage crush. He first came to my attention on the “Mission Magic” cartoon. But it was “Jessie’s Girl” that really put his musical career on the map. He is still a popular touring act.
Essential songs: Jessie’s Girl, Human Touch


Bryan Adams
This Canadian rocker with the raspy voice, had a string of hit songs in the 80’s and 90’s. He also did a number of movie songs too. He was equally adept at tender ballads and arena rockers.
Essential songs: Summer of 69, Heaven


George Michael
Before all the scandals and the self-imposed exile, he was a hitmaker with an impressive range of Top Ten hits. He was a great pop singer and songwriter.
Essential songs: Faith, Father Figure, Freedom ‘90


Terence Trent Darby
This man was proceeded by a fair amount of hype, his debut lived up to it. Too bad the rest of his career didn’t.
Essential songs: Wishing Well, Sign Your Name


Phil Collins
Already a star in the band Genesis, he also had a string of hit songs in the 80’s on his own.
Essential songs: In the Air Tonight, Sussidio


Another lead vocalist gone solo, he came from the group The Police and never looked back. He explored jazz, world music, soul and more in his solo career.
Essential songs: If You Love Someone (Set Them Free), Fields of Gold


Closer to a one-hit wonder than not, this singer had us caring about Mozart all over again. Sadly he died in car crash in 1998.
Essential songs: Vienna Calling, Rock Me Amadeus


Look for Part 2 of this conversation next week. Let me know what you think.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.


Concerts I Want to See in 2014

Seeing a performer live is one of my favorite things in life. The roar of the crowd, singing and dancing your heart out, the elaborate staging, choreography, special effects, lighting, great musicianship — I love everything about going to concerts. So who do I want to see in 2014? Read on:Katy Perry

Katy Perry
Katy-cats will be out in full force for her Prismatic World Tour 2014. Starting in the UK in May, it will be sure to hit the US later in the year. Featuring songs including her recent #1 smash “Roar” plus all the old favorites like “Teenage Dream” and “I Kissed a Girl.”

Lady GaGa
Yes, she has taken a few lumps in the media and on the charts recently. But reality is she is an exciting live performer and is sure to come up with another pop spectacle. Lady GaGa’s ArtRave — the ArtPop Ball is sure to keep us entertained and make us fall in love with her again.

Lady Antebellum
Country’s reigning trio takes their signature harmonies back to the road on the “Take Me Downtown” Tour. Supporting the recent deluxe edition of their LP “Golden” along with special guests Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves.

Robin Thicke
Coming off the biggest year of his career thanks to  “Blurred Lines”, Robin will be taking his white-boy soul to arenas along with Jessie J. and DJ Cassidy.

Coming out of her touring retirement and after her Vegas engagement, Cher returns with her “Dressed to Kill” tour in support of her recent album “Closer to the Truth.” I saw her on her “Farewell” tour. But I am not so sure I am going this time… but I am sure it will be a good show.

Miley Cyrus
She has a career! Nobody was talking about her last year. And now she is coming off 2 big hit singles (We Can’t Stop, Wrecking Ball) and a hit album too (Bangerz). I hope that she does some of her old Hannah Montana songs too.

Sting and Paul Simon
Two old-timers touring together for the first time. Both came out of groups: Sting from the Police and Simon from Simon & Garfunkel. Both have long song catalogs and have been known to rework their old songs to new arrangements. It will probably be a 3-hour plus show.

Darius Rucker
Coming off one of the biggest hits of his career as a solo artist with “Wagon Wheel”, the former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish has had quite a run on the country charts. Supporting acts include: Eli Young Band and David Nail.

One Republic
Ryan Tedder’s group One Republic is heading out on a headlining tour for summer 2014. Besides leading his group, Ryan is an in-demand songwriter and producer. Opening act is The Script (Breakeven [Falling to Pieces], Hall of Fame).

Journey/Steve Miller Band
Classic rock mainstays Journey (Don’t Stop Believin’, Open Arms), and Steve Miller Band (Fly Like an Eagle, Abracadabra) are heading out on a co-headlining tour next summer. Opening act is horn-heavy funk group Tower of Power.

And lastly, a couple of acts I wouldn’t mind seeing on the road:

Duran Duran
They haven’t had a new album in a few years, but they are one of my all-time favorite groups. Great songs like The Reflex, Hungry Like the Wolf, and Wild Boys. They have only gotten better over the years with their performances.

Annie Lennox
I loved her with the Eurythmics, and her solo career was pretty good too. She is an awesome vocalist and a fantastic performer. Such a powerful vocal presence. She doesn’t have to have any new material, just come on tour already!

Tickets are on sale for most of these shows in 2014 already. So who do you want to see on tour next year? I would love to hear from you. And look for me in the cheap seats.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

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