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Stacee Jaxx - Wanted: Dead or Alive (Matt Nolan and company)
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Matt Nolan plays Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages.
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photos by Scott Suchman The Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” will bring the music of the ’80s to the Orpheum Theater March 6-11.


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That '80s hair and sound in 'Rock of Ages'
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


If you've listened to rock radio in the last few decades, you'll be very familiar with "Rock of Ages."

The Broadway musical, whose touring production hits Omaha on Tuesday, is chock full of songs such as Night Ranger's "Sister Christian," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" and Poison's "Nothin' but a Good Time." (Oddly absent is the musical's namesake, Def Leppard's "Rock of Ages.")

If you go:

What: “Rock of Ages,” a touring Broadway musical

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through March 8, 8 p.m. March 9, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 10 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 11

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Tickets: $25 to $83 at www.ticketomaha.com, the Ticket Omaha box office or by phone at 402-345-0606

Information: www.omahaperformingarts.org or 402-345-0202

The Tony-nominated musical's plot is mostly a vehicle to get to the songs that the audience came to see, but it goes something like this: aspiring rocker Drew works at the Sunset Strip rock club The Bourbon Room. He becomes interested in aspiring actress Sherrie at the same time that two German developers want to tear down the Strip's clubs and clean up the neighborhood.

Here, we'll take a look at some of the best songs from the production.

"Just Like Paradise" by David Lee Roth

After David Lee Roth quit (or was fired ... there's some dispute) from Van Halen, he pushed on with "Eat 'Em and Smile" in 1986, which was followed by "Skyscraper" in 1988. "Just Like Paradise" was a big boost for Roth's solo career and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Cum On Feel the Noise" by Slade

While most people would peg this song as being by Quiet Riot (including the show's program), it's by '70s British glam rock band Slade. Slade was one of the most successful rock groups of that decade and is counted as inspiration by Motley Crue, Oasis (who also covered "Cum On Feel the Noise"), The Runaways and others.

"Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake

When Whitesnake first released "Here I Go Again" on its 1982 album "Saints & Sinners," no one took notice. When the band re-recorded the song for its 1987 album "Whitesnake," the song hit No. 1. The original is more of a blues-rock take than the harder sound of the more popular version and also features different lyrics.

"The Final Countdown" by Europe

This song started out life as its most recognizable element: it's introductory keyboard riff. Members of the band kicked it around for almost four years before actually committing it to tape. The band also didn't think to release the song as a single until the last minute. It's now one of the most popular and most-used songs from the '80s.

"High Enough" by Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees is a hard rock supergroup that released its debut album in 1990. The band consists of Tommy Shaw of Styx, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Ted Nugent and Michael Cartellone. "High Enough" was the band's biggest song and, though he had a big solo career, one of the most popular for Ted Nugent.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1557, kevin.coffey@owh.com

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Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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