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Knott's '80s radio icon hosts dance reunion

Orange County Register

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April 01, 2011

Break out the hairspray and the Depeche Mode T-shirt and get ready to rock out – New Wave style, of course – with radio icon Richard Blade.

The ’80s are, like, totally back in fashion at Knott’s Berry Farm on Friday night.

For one night only, the amusement park is hosting a reunion of Studio K and Cloud 9 – two of the most popular Southern California dance venues in the ’80s for teenagers and young adults looking to show off their dance moves, their Flock-of-Seagulls-inspired hairdos and their passion for The Cure.

The reunion is from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with access to the two re-created clubs and some of the park’s most popular rides. Tickets, for ages 3 and up, are $28.99.

The dance halls, inside the park, were open from 1984 to 1991 and competed with other Orange County venues, including Disneyland’s Videopolis.

“I’m totally going to be there,” said Renee Castro, 43. “Those were some of the best years of my life – Tears for Fears, Culture Club, Duran Duran, and the chance you could meet up with some cute boy. It was awesome.”

Blade, a British transplant who became synonymous with the New Wave era, introduced many Southern Californians to the best music of those days as a disc jockey for KROQ-FM and a “video jockey” on the television show “Video One.”

Blade is scheduled to host along with original DJs from the clubs.

Castro plans to bring her 13-year-old daughter so she can “get an idea of just how cool her moms was back in the day,” she said, laughing.


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