WASHINGTON — There’s a performance theme to this week’s Junkies retrospective.
O.A.R., the pride of Montgomery County, Md., have always made time for The Junks. As they were about to launch their seventh studio album, “King,” in 2011, O.A.R. gave The Junks a special sneak peek at their new single, “Heaven,” with an exclusive acoustic performance.
There was a time during The Junkies’ run on HFS when it was common for them to get big alternative acts in studio, in part to help promote the given year’s HFStival. The Donnas had a hit single, “Take It Off,” in 2003. They were about to help open the HFStival. So they stopped by the studio to perform that smash hit in person, and listen to JP ask them demeaning questions.
Coming off the chart-topping success of his 2003 album, “The Black Album,” Jay Z had soared to an unprecedented level of mainstream success with hits like “99 Problems” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” He co-headlined the 2004 HFStival, the last to be held at RFK Stadium, giving what I can personally describe as one of the most raucous live performances I have ever witnessed.
He was on top of the world, making him a pretty big “get” when he called into The Sports Junkies, then holding down mornings on 99.1 WHFS. Listen as EB begs Jay Z not to let throwback jerseys go out of style.
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While we’re on the subject of HFStival, check out some of these throwback crowd shots.