Rock 'n' roll entered the television mainstream in late 1981 with the launch of the all-music video channel MTV...short, of course, for "Music Television". The cable channel quickly became the hottest marketing platform in the history of popular music...and made stars out of unknown bands virtually overnight. It also helped broaden the appeal of radio stars who could then more effectively market their IMAGE - literally and figuratively - to an audience of consumers ready and waiting for this new multi-media concept.
Unknowns became hot-selling stars....previously popular radio stars became video superstars...and some, like Michael Jackson, went global on a scale like no one before or since. It was truly a cultural phenomenon that heralded a whole new era for the music industry and, even more significantly, pop CULTURE, as a whole. The glory years of MTV peaked in the late '80s....evolved and changed in the '90s....and the music video format eventually gave way to virtual reality shows and faded away from its original concept.
Now, the Cactus looks back at that seminal moment in history - when unknowns like Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Bryan Adams, Survivor, The Stray Cats, Prince and scores more burst into stardom through the medium of Music Television.
Join The Rhythm Machine - with vocalists Bethany Longoria, Shad Daughtery, Haley Simpson and Steven Shedd - for this time-trip back to the '80s - when video didn't kill the radio star....it just made them more accessible...like never before! You'll hear the biggest hits from the video era in this special live music production.
Reserved floor seats $20; standard balcony seats $15. Tickets now on sale!