One of the most famous French novels is Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. Perhaps organizers had that epic work in mind when they conceived of the Party 80 Tour. The event, which hits the Fillmore Miami Beach on Saturday night, strolls down memory lane with performances by the top French pop stars of the ’80s, including Jean-Luc Lahaye, Emile et Images, Cookie Dingler, Debut de Soiree, Jean-Pierre Mader, and Patrick Hernandez, who busted out with the international disco hit Born to Be Alive.
Party 80 promises to be a night of nostalgic fun between “a bunch of good old mates,” according to Hernandez. “We’ve known each other for years and are together often for television shows and moments of friendship.”
Hernandez says he was surprised by the success of Born to Be Alive — which, after skyrocketing in Europe, hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1980 and sold more than a million copies in America.
“I knew coming out of the studio that I performed a very good song,” he said, “but I could not imagine having written and sung a worldwide hit, still very much alive 30 years after.”
The song’s popularity led to Hernandez and his producers choosing the up-and-coming artist Madonna as one of the dancers for his tour at an audition in New York.
“She stayed in Paris for a year in my surroundings and decided to return to the States because she didn't agree with the choices the producers made concerning her career,” Hernandez recalled. “We were good friends, and we lived in the same apartment. She looked like a very pretty girl rather attracted by the punk and new wave music.”
In addition to Born to Be Alive, Hernandez says he and his friends will sing very famous French songs representing the ’80s, like Celui qui chante by Michel Berger. But his signature song is the main draw of Party 80. “Nobody in the world can imagine a good evening party without Born to Be Alive!”
Ah, the good life. Fontainebleau co-owner Jeffrey Soffer and wife Elle Macpherson just refinanced their Indian Creek Village mansion with a whopping $18 million mortgage, reports BizJournals.com. If you do the math, their monthly mortgage payment comes out to about $84,642. JPMorgan Chase Bank granted the loan that covers the couple’s 23,792-square-foot, nine-bedroom waterfront mansion at 27 Indian Creek Drive. Soffer bought the site in 2000, the website reports, and it seems like a great spot for parties: the massive spread has 12 bathrooms and four-half baths. Maybe try friending them on Facebook?
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Palm Beach celeb Michael Jordan knows how to do things right. When his wife Yvette gave birth to twin girls Sunday night, he made sure she was well taken care of St. Mary’s Medical Center. Gossip Extra reports that the new mom, 35, recovered from her C-section in the hospital’s so-called Birthplace Suites, which provide hotel-style accommodations, gourmet food, and concierge services. A room there was even good enough for Celine Dion, who gave birth to her twin sons there in 2010. Jordan’s publicist told Gossip Extra the babies’ names are Victoria and Ysabel.
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Irika Sargent, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, will join the CBS4 team in May, partnering with Rick Folbaum to co-anchor the station’s weekday early evening and 11 p.m. newscasts. Sargent last worked at KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, as a weekend anchor and nightside reporter.