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Tom Moffatt

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’ – Celebrity news

PLAN TO BE THERE for an unforgettable evening with Bonnie Raitt and her band this Saturday at Waikiki Shell … Fun fact: Rolling Stone named

Bonnie one of the Top 100 Guitarists and Top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and voted her latest album, Slipstream, as one of the Top 50 releases of 2012 …

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant took his lovely wife, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Patti Griffin, on a tour of the Coco Palms on Kauai last week. Reports Bob Jasper, who heads the daily tours – free to Hawaii residents on Fridays – “They are sweeties.” …

While at Waialae Country Club with good friends Jimmy Buffett and John Henry Felix, a fan came up to say hello … When I introduced her to Jimmy, she exclaimed, “Oh my goodness, you’re a legend!”

Jimmy’s funny and quite humble reply was, “Ma’am, I’m a legend in my spare time” …

When Carlos Santana appeared at the Blaisdell recently, he talked about his two favorite Waikiki Shell concerts: Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, which happen to be two of the best concerts I’ve ever promoted. Thanks, Carlos, for acknowledging those shows … but by far, my most favorite was yours, when you were here for your first Hawaii concert May 22, 1970. The Shell was packed and thousands of fans were on their feet, jamming with you and your incredible band … Concerts just don’t get much better …

Get your Irish on this weekend, starting with this Friday’s Firefighter’s Benefit Bash at Anna O’Brien’s from 6 p.m. till closing. Lots of music on tap from Keiran Murphy, Hooligan’s Harp, Brendan and Church of Cash, along with a hearty supply of brew … A portion of every Guinness sold will benefit Oahu firefighters …

And don’t forget the 46th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, starting at noon at Fort DeRussy and making its way down Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. Kelley O’Neil’s will host an after-parade party with Celtic Waves & Jason Owens, and after that, Murphy’s spectacular annual block party from 5:30 p.m. with Doolin Rakes and Piranha Brothers on stage!

This week in 1965: It’s Blastoff at the Waikiki Shell, with Honolulu’s top young bands competing for the first-place prize of $1,500 and a Warner Bros/Reprise recording contract: The Aztecs, Buzzy & The Frolics 5, Checkmates, Dimensions, Fabulous Spirits, Fenders, Gents, Impressions, Infashions, Linda Green and the Tempos (they won!), Regents, Rivals, Royal Marlads, Sands, Sonics, Speidels, Starliners, Vandells … and the youngest group competing, The Vondells. And the No. 1 record in Hawaii (for the sixth week) is I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles

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