Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Outfield's Tony Lewis back in business

This is exciting news. I was a big fan back in the '80s and still have several of their albums on cassette. Read more from the press release below...

Tony Lewis from The Outfield has announced June 29 as the release date for his first solo album, Out of the Darkness, via Madison Records. The new 12-track release, written and recorded by Lewis over the past two years, is his first for the Atlanta-based label and features the debut single "Into the Light," hitting radio and all digital music platforms May 18. Full track listing below.

The album takes on the spirit of The Outfield, the '80s rock group he founded with the late John Spinks. Lewis produced and recorded everything on his own for the new album, in addition to playing all the instruments.

Following the 2014 passing of his longtime friend and collaborator, Lewis took a break from music but the London-based musician, songwriter and record producer couldn't stay away for long as music is too ingrained in his life. He had always written and recorded solo work and, with the help and love of his wife Carol, found his inspiration again to create his first official solo project.

"I spent three years away from music, thinking about whether I still had something to contribute to the music industry, but I started to miss recording and singing. I felt it was something I had to do," he says. Of the album's title, he adds, "It is taken from a song on the album, 'Into the Light,' and sums up my journey through the transition of loss and knowing that whatever happens, I am lucky to have a loving and supportive family."

In support of the album's release, Lewis will be hitting the road this summer on the Retro Futura Tour, alongside Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Modern English, Kajagoogoo's Limahl and Bow Wow Wow's Annabella. The July and August outing--including a July 28 show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles--will mark his first tour in over 13 years.

See below for all upcoming tour dates and go to for additional information.

"First, I'm just excited to be playing live," shares Lewis. "It's why I became a musician, to entertain, and playing live is an intrinsic part of my DNA. But also, I am very fortunate to have a loyal fan base from The Outfield, who are all rooting for me. I would like to give them something back for all the messages of support over the last few years. I'm really looking forward to supporting my new music by performing live and reconnecting with the music industry"

The Outfield took the '80s by storm with their infectious pop songs, including "Your Love," "All The Love" and "Say It Isn't So." Their 1985 debut album, Play Deep, reached triple platinum sales status and Top 10 on the U.S. album charts. "Your Love" peaked at #6 and is still featured in a number of compilation albums and commercials, and has been covered or remixed over 1,000 times by other artists.

More than 30 years later, "Your Love" continues to make waves with an average of 1 million streams per week on Spotify and over 5 million monthly views of the video on YouTube, while still in rotation at over 300 major market radio stations across the country. The massive single has also been featured on various TV spots including recent episodes of "The Goldbergs" and "Family Guy" and a long-running Bounce commercial, airing since 2014. Collectively, The Outfield has over 170 million total views on YouTube videos and 125 million streams on Spotify.

Track Listing:

Into the Light
Here And Now
Only You
The Dance of Love
All Alone
I'll Still Be Here
Loving You
Melt The Ice
Thank You (For Breaking My Heart)
Dreams and Wishes
Think That You Know Me
I Know

Tony Lewis/Retro Futura Tour Dates:

Wed 11-Jul
Atlanta, GA
State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

**Thu 12-Jul
Hyannis, MA
Cape Cod Melody Tent

Fri 13-Jul
Westbury, NY
NYCB Theatre at Westbury

~Sat 14-Jul
Englewood, NJ
Bergen PAC

Sun 15-Jul
Lynn, MA
Lynn Auditorium

Wed 18-Jul
Branson, MO
Welk Resort

Fri 20-Jul
Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden

Sat 21-Jul
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay

Sun 22-Jul
Saratoga, CA
Mountain Winery

Thu 26-Jul
Costa Mesa, CA
Pacific Amphitheatre

^Sat 28-Jul
Los Angeles, CA
Wiltern Theatre

Sun 29-Jul
Tucson, AZ
Anselmo Valencia Tore Amphitheater

Wed 1-Aug
Milwaukee, WI
Pabst Theatre

Fri 3-Aug
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock Live

Sat 4-Aug
St. Ignace, MI
Kewadin Casino Resort

**ABC, Modern English and Tony Lewis only
~No Annabella
^No Belinda Carlisle

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