Greg Kihn 1/9/18Tuesday, January 09 2018 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start / Ends 10:00pm
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NBC-TV called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man.” From FM rock favorites in the early part of his career, like "Secret Meetings", "Madison Avenue Man" and his cover of "Bruce Springsteen's "For You", to Mainstream Rock and Billboard Top 40 smashes "Sheila", "Girl Most Likely", "The Breakup Song", "Testify", "Happy Man" "Jeopardy" "Reunited", and "Lucky", the songs of Greg Kihn were staples in the North American radio diet. Now the man whose career stretches from the dawn of punk and indie rock to the glory days of MTV and concerts with the Rolling Stones comes full circle with new acoustic show "Greg Kihn's 80's: Jagger, Jeopardy and Break Up Songs and Stories". He brings to the stage all of his classic songs as well as a taste of 2017's new album "ReKihndled". Kihn -joined on stage by "ReKihndled" producer and band mate Robert Berry- delivers a show infused with the same spirit and energy of his classic recordings..
In the days when albums were an art form that stood on their own, as well as sources for hit singles, Greg Kihn became an early example of an indie storming the gates-and the album charts. Eight straight Greg Kihn albums crashed onto the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, containing nearly 70 songs written or co-written by Greg. From 1978-1985, each year brought a new Greg Kihn album, and with it another chart success: "Next of Kihn", "With the Naked Eye", "Glass House Rock", "Rockihnroll", "Kihntinued", "Kihnspiracy", Kihntagious," and "Citizen Kihn".
"Saturday Night Live", "American Bandstand", "Solid Gold" and "Old Grey Whistle Test" are among his countless television appearances, but a fledgling network that exploded into prominence in 1981-82 is the TV outlet Greg is most associated with. MTV championed Greg-no wonder given great songs and the creative, ground breaking videos that encapsulated Greg's energy and personality. For Greg Kihn, the early 80s were onward and upward: The Rolling Stones invited him to open for them, Bruce Springsteen jammed with him, he won the ASCAP and Midem Awards for his worldwide smash "Jeopardy" and "The Break-Up Song" , and was parodied by Weird Al Yankovic in song and video with "I Lost on Jeopardy".
Despite relentless success, the creatively restless "Renaissance Man” soon turned his energies in two new directions. He began writing fiction in the 1990's, leading into a second career as an author. His sixth-and latest-novel is "Painted Black", and features as characters the Rolling Stones- legends he shared the stage with at the Kingdome is Seattle in September 1981. His debut, 1996's "Horror Show" was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.
It was also in the 90’s that he began his radio career. After a year of seven-midnight, Greg spent sixteen years hosting the top-rated morning show for KFOX radio in San Jose/San Francisco. Among those he interviewed were Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Geoff Emerick (engineer), Alf Bicknell (driver), Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison--which gave Greg invaluable insights into the inner world of the Beatles. Those insights inspired Greg's 2013 novel "Rubber Soul", which features the Beatles as characters in the backdrop of an engaging story.
Greg also hosted and performed at the annual KIHNCERT at the Shoreline Amphitheater. Boston, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benetar and The Steve Miller Band are among the many artists Greg presented, He also expanded into charity work: his efforts include work for “Operation Care and Comfort”, a military support group responsible for sending care packages to hundreds of military units deployed in harm’s wayaround the world. He was nominated for the 2010 “Man of the Year Award” by the Lymphoma Society and does work for Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California, in the never ending fight against cancer.
Greg was inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame in 2008 and the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.
Greg recently regained the rights to all his old recordings and is currently re-releasing his entire catalogue with the original artwork. The New Yorker recently described Greg’s music as having “a high degree of intelligence and subtlety.” The recent review of the Greg Kihn Band’s Greatest Hits by Apple iTunes called the group “a rock band of genuine consequence.”