Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC

Run DMC.  MTV.  Lady Gaga.  Destiny’s Child.  What do all of these have in common?

Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC

Darryl McDaniels was the DMC in Run DMC.

Mark Goodmahh

Mark Goodman was the first VJ seen when MTV launched in 1981.

Rob Fusari with ABC

Grammy Award-winner Rob Fusari wrote, co-wrote, and produced hits for Lady Gaga, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, and more.

All three will come together on March 24th as part of the 1980s tribute show, “I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years.”  The show begins at 7:30 at the Shea Center for Performing Arts on the campus of William Paterson University.

I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years Brings Star Power

This show, produced by Professor David Kirk Philp’s Modern Entertainment Company class, will celebrate the roots of MTV by featuring live performances of hit songs of the Reagan-era 1980s.  The band will be made up of William Paterson Music Department students.

Mark Goodman, original MTV VJ and co-host of the new show “Debatable” on SiriusXM’s VOLUME channel, will be a special guest of the event.

Mark will introduce songs, relate some MTV stories, and have an onstage talk with Run DMC’s McDaniels.

Darryl McDaniels & Professor Philp
Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels and your Professor David Kirk Philp.

“I Want My ’80s – The Best of MTV’s Early Years” is a fundraiser for Music Department scholarships at William Paterson University and produced in conjunction with another scholarship fundraising event, “Collage 2017,” taking place Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Fusari, the musical director of the show, will interview (with help of Philp and Dr. Steve Marcone) McDaniels on the March 8th episode of Music Biz 101 & More (which airs live Wednesday nights on WPSC: Brave New Radio).

Goodman will appear as a guest on the radio show March 22nd.

McDaniels will perform three songs with the band, including Run DMC hits “Walk This Way” (a hit with Aerosmith in 1986), “It’s Tricky” (1987), and “Mary Mary” (1988).

This once-in-a-lifetime event should find itself on all human calendars now.  Go to this and say you were there.  Details below, after a little musical interlude.


What: I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, March 24, 2017

Where: Shea Center for the Performing Arts
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Tickets: $25 for individual tickets; $20 for seniors and William Paterson faculty & employees; $10 for students

Also available as a two-pack with Collage, 2017 (taking place March 3, 2017) or individually.

Contact: Professor David Kirk Philp


For full details about the Music Management Program, including courses, the minor, and our MBA, click HERE.

For full details about the WPU Pop Music Studies Program, including courses and audition requirements, click HERE.


Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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