Paul Collins, “The King of Power Pop,” will headline an all-day Record Store Day event at Generation Records on Thompson Street in New York City on Saturday, April 21. It will be the fourth annual celebration of independent record stores at the Greenwich Vilage landmark.
Collins, a passionate supporter of Power Pop, DIY music and record stores, will anchor a line-up of Power-Pop heavyweights from the New York-Metro area including Supertouch, Joyce Manor and Night Birds plus a host of prominent alt-music DJs.
Generation Records will open up at 10am, and the first DJ will promptly spin new and classic power pop, garage punk and DIY rock tracks. There will be memorabilia and special items available as well, including 60 limited-edition pressings of Supertouch’s new single, “Lost My Way,” according to the store’s event website.
The Record Store Day performance schedule for Saturday is:
- 2:00-2:25 – Joyce Manor
- 2:40-3:05 – Night Birds
- 3:50-4:50 – Zack Lopez (Freshkills)
- 4:50-5:30 – Supertouch
- 6:30-7:10 – Paul Collins Beat
Collins, co-founder of The Nerves, The Breakaways and Founder of The Beat, also recently announced dates for a mini-tour of Australia in May.
The Museum of Modern Art is presenting a special time-based artist exhibit, honoring the early electronic avant garde music pioneers Kraftwerk. Kraftwerk Retrpspective 1 23 4 5 6 7 8 consists of eight live performances in eight nights (April 10-17) at the MoMA’s Marron Atrium.
Each show will feature work from one of the group’s eight albums produced beginning 1974: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991), and Tour de France (2003) in the order they were released. They will also play some other select compositions.
Founded by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider in 1970, Krafterk was the first band to use electronic computer-based instrumentation in an era dominated by acoustic folk-rockers and early rock guitar heroes. Their internationally-acclaimed music was influential to several mainstream and alternative artists spanning several genres; their most commercially successful track in the U.S. was a radio edit of “Autobahn,” which peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974. The song was also a major international hit.
In addition, an historical catalog of the influential band’s audio and video creations will be shown at the MoMA’s Performance Dome April 10th through May 14th.
Kraftwek Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is sponsored in part by Volkswagen of America
As innovative as Thomas Dolby was in the 1980s, his visionary edge to music and presentation continues to impress as the synth-whiz brings his latest imaginative concoction, a time capsule, on his current U.S. tour.
On March 29, 2012, Dolby brought his keyboards, band and his clever contraption to New York City’s Canal Room.
One might ask: “How might a man who became arguably the face of synth-new wave, developed an efficient music downloading format, blindsided fans with a superb eclectic new album and accompanied that with an interactive internet game top all of that?” Dolby’s longtime fans found out that night as the capsule rolled in, attached to the his tour bus after a stellar night of classics, stories and new music from the man who brought them tales of submarines, pirate twins and hyperactivity.
Nikki Corvette, The LIttle Girls, Kim Shattock, Ronnie Spector to headline Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul
Ronnie Spector, Nikki Corvette and Kim Shattock lead the slate of lady rockers to play at the first annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul,
Minnesota on May 11-12, 2012.
The two-day festival is the brainchild of Dana Raidt, Editor of METRO
magazine, host of the Girl Gems radio show and Travis Ramin, the
co-founder of Ramo Records. Raidt says the pair had been looking to create a unique event together: “Over the summer we were talking about ways we could collaborate, and Travis brought up the idea of organizing a festival of mainly female artists. We started putting together a lineup and it all sort of came together.”
Raidt says she and Ramin hope to make this an annual show.
Spector, one of rock’s most influential girl-group leaders headlines the
showcase of female-led acts from around the world, which also features
Detroit alt-rock queen Nikki Corvette, Southern California new-wavers
Two of punk rock’s early legends will begin a tour of North America on Friday, February 24th. Hugh Cornwell, original vocalist for The Stranglers and Glen Matlock, bassist for The Sex Pistols, will co-headline the concert series, which will run through March 17th.
Cornwell will be playing some of his acclaimed solo music and Stranglers classics; Matlock will perform tracks from his latest album, Born Running, and some new material. The lineup also includes Clem Burke (Blondie) and Steve Fishman, who will be playing with both Cornwell and Matlock.
The Western Hemisphere swing starts up in Tucson, Arizona at Club Congress and winds down in Los Angeles. The official tour dates are:
- Friday 24 Feb -* *Tucson, AZ Club Congress*
- Saturday 25 Feb -* *Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom**
- Monday 27 Feb – Denver, CO 3 Kings Tavern
Collins and Case will be accompanied by Timm Buechler on bass and drummer Amos Pitsch. They will perform classics from the bands they formed together, The Nerves and The Breakaways, as well as tracks from Collins’ Beat and Case’s Plimsouls.
While some venues have not yet been announced, here are the official Collins/Case tour dates and cities:
- March 01 Iron Road Studios, Vancouver BC, CAN
- March 02 The Funhouse, Seattle WA
Two members of the band that originated Power Pop as we know it plan to tour the U.S. and Canada in 2012. Before embarking on a string of dates in Germany, Paul Collins announced on his Facebook page that he and fellow Nerves co-founder Peter Case will unite for several concert dates beginning March 1, 2012 in Vancouver, B.C.
Collins, Case and Jack Lee formed The Nerves in 1974 and produced a new, unique sound that would influence many bands to come. With that, they created the Power Pop genre, which continues to have a huge worldwide following. While The Nerves only officially released one EP, one of its tracks was the history-making “Hanging on the Telephone.” That track would later be covered by Blondie and become a mainstream chart hit.
Winding down the end of his first U.S. tour in over 20 years, Ivan Doroschuk clearly is enjoying his trip back. The Men Without Hats frontman brought a plethora of enthusiasm and vintage moves to New York City’s Best Buy Theater on September 23, 2011.
On this particular date, Ivan and his newest Men Without Hats lineup shared the bill with The Human League. They also headlined their own shows during the trip, as well as having shared the stage with the B-52s and Devo.
Men Without Hats will be touring the US in 2011. Lead singer Ivan Doroschuck and the band released their official tour dates earlier today. Many of those dates, they will share the bill with The Human League. The B-52s will be joining them for a few shows as well. This news comes shortly after Doroschuk announced at the 2011 North By Northwest Festival Men Without Hats is planning to relase a new studio album.
Men Without Hats became international stars with their chartbuster ‘The Safety Dance” in 1983. While only hitting the Top 40 once more after their breakthrough smash, the band developed a strong following thrughout North America. Their last CD was 2003’s No Hats Beyond This Point. This will be Men Without Hats’ first full-length US tour in several years; they were slated to be on the 2009 Regeneration Tour, but a legal issue forced them to back out with Ivan Doroschuck issuing a sincere apology to fans for not participating.
The full list of tour dates is on our on Examiner.com Men Without Hats announce US tour dates – National Alternative Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/alternative-music-in-national/men-without-hats-announce-us-tour-dates#ixzz1SnP1MdHj
Berlin and INXS will tour the United States together this summer. The two new wavers from opposite ends of the Pacific Ocean will play together in a series of concerts beginning July 17th at the Chateau St. Michelle in Woodinville, Washington, making stops in several cities including New York, Detroiit and Richmond before the final scheduled date in Baltimore, Maryland on August 10th.
Berlin is currently working on a new album, following up their 2009 smash CD/DVD set All the Way In. When she is not recording or touring, lead singer Terri Nunn co-hosts the popular Between the Sheets podcast with Gaye Ann Bruno.
INXS is currently winding down a run through Canada. In December 2010, the band released a collection of reprisals of their classics sung by various artists in the collection Original Sin: Deluxe Edition. After winning a reality show contest in 2005, J.D. Fortune remains INXS’ frontman. The tour dates Berlin and INXS play together are:
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Blondie will tour North America this fall in support of their new soon-to-be-released album, Panic of Girls. While they are currently playing in Europe (through July 1st), the band will begin playing live in the Western Hemisphere on September 4th in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The concert series is scheduled to finish at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on October 8th; stops include the Highline Ballroom in New York City, the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, Club Nokia in Los Angeles and the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
During their successful 2010 tour, Blondie previewed some of the tracks featured on Panic of Girls, which is slated to be released on September 13th, 2011. Their first single, “Mother,” was put out in December 2010 with a video. The current lineup includes three original members, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke. With them are guitarist Tommy Kessler, Bassist Leigh Foxx and Matt Katz-Bohen on the keyboards. Producers Jeff Saltzman (the Killers, Fischerspooner) and Kato Khandwala (Paramore, Papa Roach) collaborated on Panic with the band.
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Congratulations to our five winners of a pair of passes to see Patty Smyth and Scandal at B.B. King’s House of Blues, Times Square, NYC on Thursday, 5/12/11 (show starts at 8pm):
- Cheryl Ferry, Holbrook, NY
- Brad Reiter, Queens, NY
- Tom Zygmunt, Goshen, NY
- John De Leon, New York, NY
- Wade Gradia, Brookfield, CT
Each winner will be notified by e-mail.
I would like to thank all of you who participated in the contest; there will be more to come, so keep checking in with us here on the Revenge of the 80s Radio blog. Tickets can be purchased at the BB Kings website.
It would be agreeable to many that an historic village with a hand-cranked draw bridge and home of the Erie Railroad’s famed “last stop,” where World War II soldiers would be deployed to Europe would be an appropriate place for master storyteller Stan Ridgway to display his craft. On May 5th, 2011, for the first time, Ridgway and his fans converged at the rustic, yet cozy Turning Point Cafe, which provided a fitting intimate salloon atmosphere for his brand of new wave Americana as the band continued the Eastern U.S. leg of their tour.
Ridgway and the band thoughtfully mixed the play list, which spanned his career from his time as the voice of Wall of Voodoo to his recently-released Neon Mirage album. They began with the new “Scavenger Hunt,” then played Voodoo’s “Tomorrow” and one of his 80s solo hits, “Lonely Town” to lead off the set, which also included an acoustic version of Ridgway’s first international hit, “Camoflauge” and what was to become WOV’s signature cut, “Mexican Radio.”
Stan Ridgway’s presence on stage is like that of a classic crooner crossed with a scoutmaster who tells scary stories at a campfire. Although the tales are compelling enough when listening to his music on a CD, Ridgway’s stance, movements and facial expressions add a more eerie dimension to his story-songs to the extent where fans — who already know the lyrics — are still staring in anticipation of what happens next.
One of America’s great storytellers, Stan Ridgway, is swinging by the Hudson Valley as part of the East Coast leg of his nationwide tour to promote his new Neon Mirage album and celebrate the 25th anniversary of his international solo hit, “Camouflage.”
The Stan Ridgway band will perform at The Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Ticket information is on the Turning Point website. Revenge of the 80s plans to post a review of the show later this week.
Ridgway has put out several albums since leaving Wall of Voodoo in 1983. He has been a part of some very interesting side projects as well, most notably the song, “Don’t Box Me In” with Stewart Copeland, The Drywall Project, an album of standards and playing harmonica on a version of Andy Prieboy‘s “Shine (Red Bead Follows Blue),” which marks the first time both former Wall of Voodoo front-men have played together on the same song.
More information on the Stan Ridgway Band tour and the Neon Mirage album can be found on Ridgway’s official website.
The podcast for our 4/15 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. In hour 2, our guest is Peter Dunne, who was known as Peter Bilt when he was both the guitarist for Pearl Harbor and the Explosions and a solo artist in the 80s. He is a freelance producer/voiceover specialist and recently, he collaborated with Debora Iyall on her new CD, Stay Strong.
The Stan Ridgway Band‘s 2011 tour is headed to the Hudson Valley (NY) and Tri-State area, including a stop on Thursday, May 5th at the Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY. We will be there to cover the event and hope to see you. Tickets are still available; you can get them here.
Robin Lane (Robin Lane and the Chartbusters), Gary Shane, (Gary Shane and the Detour) and several other Boston-area musicians will headline a special concert to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake/tsunami disaster. The Help Japan Benefit, presented by Shane, will take place Sunday, April 17th at the Ipswich Town Hall in Ipswich, Massachussetts. Proceeds will go to Global Giving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
The full lineup for the Help Japan Benefit includes The Fools, Shane Champagne, Rusty Compass, The Beaners and The Silvertones. The suggested donation is $10.
The Legendary ska band Fishbone recently announced their first US tour dates, which will begin on February 16th and 17th at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. More information is on our Examiner.com page.
A concert featuring one of new wave’s iconic bands with a new alt-rock supergroup sounds like an excellent way to spend an evening. That is what a huge crowd at New York’s Nokia Theater thought as well when Blondie brought its “Endangered Species Tour” with special guests (and Revenge of the 80s favorites) Gorevette to the corner of 44th and Broadway on August 31st. They were right.
Tom Tom Club founders Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth will be releasing the band’s upcoming new album, Genius of Love, on September 28th. According to the band’s official website, Genius of Love will feature selected tracks from Live At The Club House as well as a Latin alternative remix tribute to “Genius Of Love.”
The Tom Tom Club will also tour this fall in support of the collection.
Friends of Kirsty MacColl will hold a special memorial show, A Concert for Kirsty, on October 10th in honor of her tragic untimely death ten years ago. Artists performing include Shane McGowan, Billy Bragg, Kim Wilde, Jamie Corr and Allison Moyet. The event will take place at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London and will raise money for MacColl’s charity, The Music Fund For Cuba; tickets are available here.
Kirsty MacColl was sadly lost ten years ago when she was vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico.
Photos by Elizabeth Lynch
As Jack Hues said to me in an interview before 2009’s Regeneration Tour, Wang Chung is back and with a bit of a new sound. This year, he and Nick Feldman are headlining a tour to support their latest new EP, Abducted By the 80s, and two more being planned for later this year. With all the style and exuberance of their prime years and the several eclectic Post-WC musical projects between them, Hues and Feldman add more to the unique sound the band invented and became known for. They recently performed new tracks with some slightly-altered renditions of their classics at B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York City.
U2 is postponing its U2360 Tour until after Bono recovers from back surgery due to an injury he sustained while practicing. They also announced they are forced to cancel their appearance at the Glastonbury Music Festival (UK) on June 25th. More details will appear on U2/s official website, which includes an update on the former candidate to run the World Bank from The Edge.
Considered to be one of the most expensive tours ever put together, the band will have to, unfortunately, fork over more capital to cover for the costs of the original series of dates, but fans and band mates are probably most happy just to know that doctors say he will be okay.
We at Revenge of the 80s Radio wish Bono a speedy recovery.
Friends and fans of Joey Ramone will party tonight in celebration of what would have been his 59th birthday. The big bash starts at the Fillmore (Irving Plaza, NYC) with performances by Hank III, Morningwood, the Sick F*cks and Friends of Joey Ramone (which include Richie Ramone, Slipknot’s Clown, Jean Beauvoir, and others). The proceeds will benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation; tickets are still available via Live Nation.
The Cowboy Junkies recorded their 1988 breakthrough album, The Trinity Session, on a minuscule budget and with one microphone inside an historic Toronto church. It is likely they did not at the time realize it would catapult them to having a following across the US and their native Canada that would travel with them for the next 23 years and beyond. Now and still together, the band continues to tour and record new music. On Saturday May 8th, they took the pilgrimage to the original Woodstock concert site at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and played in front of a sold-out crowd at its museum stage.
One of the late 1980s more intriguing popular bands was Swing Our Sister, whose “Breakout” became an international hit in 1986 and led to subsequent success in Europe and US. The band is set to play Sunday, April 18th at the Highline Ballroom on 16th Street in New York City. Tickets are available and can be purchased here.
The trio hit the charts with a fashion designer (Corinne Drewery) as its lead vocalist and two musicians with backgrounds in the new wave movement of the late 70s/early 80s.
While classic alternative music fans in North America are awaiting news of 2010 Regeneration Tour Dates, promoters have set up a concert series in Ireland for April 30-May 2. According to the Tour’s official MySpace Page, the headliners will be Howard Jones, Belinda Carlisle, T’Pau and China Crisis.
Melding two different eras of Detroit Rock and four very different stage personalities, Gorevette begins its first tour as a band after forming a year ago and playing several dates together in Detroit.
The concert series begins at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando on May 27th, spanning the U.S. and Canada, then ending at The Warehouse in Houston. The Furs were regulars on the College Music charts throughout the 1980s with hits including “Love My Way” and “The Ghost In You.” They achieved some mainstream success with the title track to the movie “Pretty in Pink” as well.
The complete list of tour dates can be found here.
Congratulations to Glen Johnson of Montclair, NJ and Jared Abramson of Freehold, NJ. They each win a pair of tickets to see Gorevette live with The Donnas at the Highline Ballroom at 431 West 16th Street in New York City on Wednesday, March 24th.
There are still tickets available to see Gorevette’s first trip to the East Coast in support of their new CD, Lustfully Yours. Information can be found on The Highline’s website. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.