Friday, December 19, 2014

Colin Hay album and tour news

Since I had the pleasure of doing an in-person interview with Hay a couple years ago (find it elsewhere on this blog), I'm very interested in hearing this. Read on for more info...

Colin Hay, best known as frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of '80s pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”), has confirmed the Feb. 17 release of a new solo album entitled Next Year People on Compass Records.

Some of the songs are based on Colin's personal experiences such as "Waiting in the Rain," written about his parents and the almost mystical experience he had growing up in a music shop in Scotland, surrounded by instruments and a constant stream of 1950s and '60s radio hits.

The album's title track, "Next Year People," is an homage to the depression-era farmers who kept going by holding on to hope that next year would be better. "They kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result," explains Colin. "I can relate, although their situation was so much more bleak." (
Hear the track here:
People - the Aussie musician's first studio release in four years - was produced by Hay and includes contributions from Cuban musicians San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom recently emigrated from Havana, as well Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on B3, and Colin's wife, vocalist Cecilia Noel.

Over the past 15 years, Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process.

Frequent use of his music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.

Tour Dates:

2/12-13 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
2/16-18 – New York, NY – City Winery
2/20-22 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
3/9 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
3/10-11 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum
3/13 – Poway, CA – Poway Center for the Performing Arts
3/15 – Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre
3/17 – China, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
3/19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
3/20 – Napa, CA – City Winery
3/21 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
3/22 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
3/25 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
3/26-27 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall
3/28 – Yakima, WA – Seasons Performing Hall
3/29 – Walla Walla, WA – Main Street Studio
3/31 – Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley Opera House
4/4 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

Album Track Listing:

1. Trying to Get to You
2. If I Had Been a Better Man
3. Did You Just Take the Long Way Home?
4. I Want You Back
5. Next Year People
6. Lived in Vain
7. Scattered in the Sand
8. To There from Here
9. Mr. Grogan
10. Waiting in the Rain

Bonus Tracks–CD Edition Only
11. Are We There Yet? - 3.49
12. Lament for Whisky McManus - 3.35

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