Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tour update: Depeche Mode, Paul Kelly, Retro Futura: Howard Jones, Paul Young, English Beat, Modern English

Following an extensive European summer tour, Depeche Mode's North American run will kick off on in August and run through October.

Fans can register now for early access to tickets at By registering, fans will reserve a spot in line for the fan presale, which they can then improve by sharing their unique presale link with friends and family, or by preordering Depeche Mode's new album Spirit.

On March 6, days before tickets go on general sale to the public, fans who have registered will be let into a special ticket presale in waves, based on their place in line.

The Global Spirit Tour is in support of the band's upcoming 14th studio album, Spirit, out March 17 via Columbia Records. The album's first single is "Where's The Revolution." Pre-order Spirit from digital retailers here: 

On the North American leg of the Global Spirit Tour, the band will continue their charity partnership with Swiss watch maker Hublot, raising money and awareness for charity: water toward their mission of providing safe drinking water to everyone in the world.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 7 at 10AM through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit

AT&T is sending customers to the front of the line with AT&T priority pre-sale ticket access also beginning on Tuesday, March 7 at 10AM via the AT&T THANKS program. For complete pre-sale details visit

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets to the Hollywood Bowl performances before the general public beginning Tuesday, March 7 at 10AM.

Fall 2017 North American Tour:

August 23
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheatre

August 25
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

August 27
Detroit, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre

August 30
Chicago, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

September 1
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena

September 3
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

September 5
Montreal, QC
Centre Bell

September 7
Washington, DC
Verizon Center

September 9
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

September 11
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

September 13
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

September 15
Miami, FL
AmericanAirlines Arena

September 18
Nashville, TN
Ascend Amphitheater

September 20
Austin, TX
Austin360 Amphitheatre

September 22
Dallas, TX
Starplex Pavilion

September 24
Houston, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

September 27
Phoenix, AZ
AK-Chin Pavilion

September 30
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

October 2
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara County Bowl

October 6
San Diego, CA
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

October 8
San Jose, CA
SAP Center

October 10
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena

October 12
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl

October 14
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl

October 21
Seattle, WA

October 23
Portland, OR
Moda Center

October 25
Vancouver, BC
Rogers Arena

October 27
Edmonton, AB
Rogers Place

Check out the latest news on an album that made my year-end best of 2016...

Paul Kelly, Australia’s preeminent songwriter, will spend the month of May performing intimate shows across America and Canada — his first concerts on this continent since 2013.

This tour is in support of Kelly’s 2016 release, the uniquely conceived Death’s Dateless Night, although he will also be playing songs from his award-winning career that has earned him induction into Australian Recording Industry Association’s Hall of Fame and, just earlier this year, being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the performing arts.

Death’s Dateless Night, a collaboration with the highly regarded Australian multi-instrumentalist Charlie Owen, contains songs that they have played at various funerals. Featuring a mix of covers, traditional tunes and a few Kelly originals, the album’s vibe is actually far from funereal. The spare, stirring set has been hailed as a “powerful meditation on life, death and the mess we make in-between.”

Owen, a veteran of several Australian bands including the Divinyls, will be accompanying Kelly on this tour, which runs in May. Joining Kelly too are his daughters, Madeleine and Memphis Kelly. The two, who have their own music careers, both appeared on Death’s Dateless Night as well.

Death's Dateless Night is just the latest in Paul Kelly’s recent run of fascinatingly eclectic projects. 2016 also saw Kelly releasing the seven-song mini-album Seven Sonnets & A Song, in which he re-worked William Shakespeare’s love sonnets into songs. For The Merri Soul Sessions (2015) he enlisted a variety of vocalists to reinterpret his tunes with a R&B revue feel.

In 2013, Kelly teamed up with Neil Finn of Crowded House fame for a highly successful Australian tour that resulted in the live album Goin’ Your Way, which came out as a two-CD set and a DVD. Kelly’s most ambitious musical endeavor, however, has been his “A-Z” project. It began as a series of concerts where he would perform his set of songs in alphabetical order, and he wound up creating an eight-CD, 105-song live box set, which came out in the U.S. in 2012.

Critical accolades have followed Paul Kelly throughout his career. His 1985 breakout album Post was chosen Rolling Stone Australia’s Album of the Year. American music journalists started singing their praises when A&M Records put out Paul Kelly and the Messengers’ first three U.S. releases — Gossip (1987), Under the Sun (1988) and So Much Water So Close To Home (1989) — and continued on with Kelly’s solo outings.

Kelly has a special relationship with his home country, much like Bruce Springsteen has with America. His work is having an impact on a younger generation of musicians. When critic’s darling Australian artist Courtney Barnett was 16, her English teacher had the students analyze and dissect Kelly’s song “To Her Door,” going through each lyric and word.

The young musician had “a bit of a moment” with the assignment; as she would tell NPR, “When I heard this song, it probably opened up seeing stories in a different way and how they can develop. Such a simple little story can have so much impact when it’s drawn out. That song always sticks out for me because of that moment that I had with it that started a bit of a snowball of change.”

These shows offer a rare opportunity to hear this eloquent wordsmith in an intimate setting so, whether you are a longtime fan or a recent convert, you can become “a member of the family” too.

Tour dates:

Sat., May 6 CHICAGO, IL Szold Hall
Mon., May 8 TORONTO, ON The Drake Underground
Wed., May 10 NORTHAMPTON, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Thurs., May 11 CAMBRIDGE, MA Club Passim
Fri., May 12 FAIRFIELD, CT Stageone
Sat., May 13 VIENNA, VA Jammin Java
Mon., May 15 PHILADELPHIA, PA World Café Life – Upstairs
Tue., May 16 NEW YORK, NY Le Poisson Rouge
Fri., May 19 LOS ANGELES, CA The Hotel Café
Sun., May 21 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Swedish American Hall
Tues., May 23 VANCOUVER, BC Biltmore
Fri., May 26 CALGARY, AB Commonwealth Bar
Sat., May 27 EDMONTON, AB Mercury Room

The Retro Futura Tour, revolving around pop, rock, ska and new wave acts that found fame in the 1980s, returns this summer, headlined by synth pioneer Howard Jones, with the English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young and Katrina (ex-Katrina And The Waves). The line-up will also feature Bow Wow Wow's Annabella on certain dates when Paul Young will not be on the bill. Please see below for tour dates, more dates to be announced shortly; to purchase tickets, please click here.

Electronic music pioneer Howard Jones' most recent offering is Engage, an entirely fan-funded multi-media project. It incorporates specially-commissioned visuals with music and an interactive live show. Engage is inspired by electronica, contemporary classical and pop, fusing this audio mélange with other visual and literary arts such as ballet, modern dance and philosophy. Engage was performed in London, Los Angeles and New York and is available now as a DVD/CD package.

Retro Futura Tour 2017:

18 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
19 Costa Mesa, CA OC Fair
20 San Diego, CA Open Air Theater
21 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
22 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
24 Denver, CO Bellco Theater
28 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park*
29 Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union Amphitheater*
30 Baltimore, MD Pier Six*
1 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
2 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn
3 West Allis, WI WI State Fair
4 Detroit, MI Meadow Brook
5 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
6 Kettering, OH The Fraze Pavilion
9 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
10 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
11 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
12 Wallingford, CT Oakdale
13 Albany, NY Times Union Center
14 Lynn, MA Lynn Auditorium
17 Minneapolis, MN State Theater
18 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theater*
19 St. Charles, MO Family Arena*
*No Paul Young, Annabella Lwin on the line-up

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