Ivan Doroschuk and his lineup of anti-hatmen revisited the United States in 2011 to rave reviews and fan demand for another tour, which came in 2012 with their release of Love in the Age of War. Doroschuk talked about the tour and the album in two past appearance on Revenge of the 80s.
In their return to Europe, Men Without Hats will make 12 stops, beginning on the 1st in London and ending in Gothesburg, Sweden. The Eurotour 2013 dates are:
Feb. 1 – London, England, O2 Academy Islington
Feb. 3 – Memmingen, Germany, Kaminwerk
Feb. 4 – Ingolstadt, Germany, Eventhalle Westpark
Feb. 5 – Vienna, Austria, Szene Vienna
Feb. 6 – Cologne, Germany, MTC
Feb. 7 – Frankfurt, Germany, Das Bett
Feb. 8 – Hannover, Germany, Engel 07
Feb. 9 – Berlin, Germany, K17
Feb. 10 – Hamburg, Germany, Logo
Feb. 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Stengade 18,
Feb. 15 – Malmo, Sweden, Inkonst
Feb. 16 – Goteborg, Sweden, Sticky Fingers
Men Without Hats lead singer Ivan Doroschuk was not kidding when he said in a past interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio he had so much fun on his first U.S. tour in over 20 years in 2011 that he couldn’t wait to do it again. He is, and will hit the road beginning September 5th in San Diego. The band plans to play classics and songs from their new album, Love In the Age of War.
The touring band features Doroschuk, Lou Dawson, James Love and new member Rachel Ashmore. Men Without Hats will tour the U.S, and Canada through December 1st, when they finish up in Boston. They will also play live in Costa Rica and Brazil. Here is the full list of tour dates:
- Sep 5 San Diego, CA – 4th & B Concert Theater
- Sep 6 Las Vegas, NV – Henderson Pavilion
- Sep 8 Costa Rica – Estadio Saprissa
- Sep 12 Lima, Peru – Discoteca Gotica
- Sep Oct 24 Vancouver, BC – Venue
- Oct 25 Kelowna, BC – Blue Gratto
- Oct 27 Calgary, AB – Hi Fi
- Oct 28 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
- Oct 30 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
- Oct 31 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid
- Nov 2 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
- Nov 3 North Bay, ON –
- Nov 7 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
- Nov 8 Peterborough, ON – The Venue
- Nov 9 Montreal , PQ – Club Soda
- Nov 10 Quebec City, PQ – Le Cercle
- Nov 13 London, ON – Call The Office
- Nov 14 Hamilton, ON – Studio Theater
- Nov 15 St.Catherine’s, ON – L3
- Nov 17 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
- Nov 18 Chicago, IL – Mayne Stage
- Nov 20 Orlando, FL – The Social
- Nov 21 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
- Nov 23 Miami, FL – Grand Central
- Nov 24 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s
- Nov 25 Durham, NC – Motorco
- Nov 27 Bordentown, NJ – Open Arts Stage
- Nov 28 Philadelphia, PA – Sellersville Theater
- Nov 29 Washington, DC – State Theater
- Nov 30 New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
- Dec 1 Boston, MA – Showcase Live
The syndication/podcast edit for our 6/22 Revenge of the 80s Radio is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, Men Without Hats‘ top Chapeau, Ivan Doroschuk will join us for a conversation about the band’s new album, Love In the Ago of War. We discuss the tracks, the personal nature of the album, the music, working with producer Greg “The Rave” Ogilvy, an upcoming tour and more. Our interview with Doroschuk leads off Hour 2 of the show.
We also play classics from Midnight Oil, REM, The Fabulous Poodles, INXS, Taxxi, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Ron Rogers & Rikki St. James and more. Rikki St. James is currently working on a new single, “(Come To My) Candy Shop.” I recently listened to her initial recordings, where Rikki’s voice shines with an enchanting chorus that we eagerly await to premiere on Revenge of the 80s. There is also a quite interesting story behind the song.
The podcast edit for our 6/15 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, we play new music from Men Without Hats and Trans-X, plus classics by X, The Hoodoo Gurus, King, The Models, Fine Young Cannibals and more.
Of his first U.S. tour in over 20 years last year, Ivan Doroschuk said he had a blast performing his classic hits. Thus, it is natural that Love in the Age of War would be a virtual throwback to Men Without Hats’ years of early success, with high energy synth tracks reminiscent of Rhythm of Youth and Folk of the 80s (Part III). Back are the raw, upbeat keyboard melodies and bass lines that anchored the MWH signature sound as Doroschuk superbly employs his signature baritone voice, one-beat falsettos and ability to stretch out a one syllable word into several (‘everybody kno-o-ows”).
The lead track, “Devil Comes Round” hits the listener with early new-wave “space age” effects and retro-style pitch bending before Doroschuck’s booming voice comes in, a voice that mellows out a bit for “Head Above Water,” the first single from the album. The latter mixes a more modern pop approach to the classic MWH style. Those cuts are contrasted by the title song, which cunningly switches from the instrumentally raw (similar to the reprise version of “The Great Ones Remember” and “Things in My Life” from Rhythm of Youth) to a chorus that pays homage to the band’s Pop Goes the World and …In the 21st Century albums.
Love in the Age of War will be Men Without Hats’ first album of new music since 2003’s No Hats Beyond This Point and comes on the heels of the band’s release of its new version of “Pop Goes the World.” In 2011, lead singer Ivan Doroschuk jump-started his comeback with his first U.S. tour in over 20 years before heading into the studio to record, during which he previewed some of the music appearing on Love:
With the same energy and flavor, MWH frontman Ivan Doroschuk keeps true to the whimsical novelty-song aspect of the track while subtly updating it for today’s dance club atmosphere. The most striking difference from the original is Doroschuk’s ditching of the murmur singing tone of the 1988 hit in favor of the traditional deep “Ivan voice” with the occasional one-syllable falsetto. Also, it would seem that the little girl who introduced the cut back in the 80s is now grown up. Still, Doroschuk and his producers made sure not to take the “pop” out of the quirky song. “Pop Goes the World 2012” is available on Amazon.com and iTunes
Doroschuk is fresh off a successful comeback tour across North America in 2011, his first in 20 years, where he previewed some of his new music. Men Without Hats plans to release Love in the Age of War in May.
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.
Canadian new wavers Men Without Hats will be one of the headliners of Regeneration Tour 2009 according to the organizers for the month-long event. Ivan Doroschuk’s synth-pop specialists will perform alongside Heaven 17, Wang Chung, ABC and Berlin (who will appear on select tour dates). Go West is no longer listed as a part of the tour as of the time of this post.
While Men Without Hats was known outside of Canada mainly for the 1983 mega-hit “The Safety Dance,” the band (which also featured his brothers Stefan and Colin) did score two more hits on Billboard’s U.S. Hot 100 chart: “I Like” (#84) and “Pop Goes the World” (#20). The follow-up album to Rhythm of Youth, Folk of the 80s (Part III) did not see commercial success away from the Great White North, but produced one of the great lost dance tracks of the 80s: “Where Do the Boys Go?” The video was a roller coaster ride featuring a strobe-laden performance by the band and an unlimited supply of Bonhomme snowmen:
One of those Bonhommes was apparently so musically inclined that he was asked to play drums for the Pop Goes the World album, which also had legendary rocker Ian Anderson play his flute for the track “On Tuesday.”
After the release of In the 21st Century, Ivan put together a new sound for Sideways. The 1991 release featured electric guitars over the synth-based sound and included a very interesting cover of the Beatles’ “I An the Walrus.”
In 1997, Ivan released a solo dance music CD and 2003 saw the release of a new Men Without Hats album: “No Hats Beyond this Point.”
We will have to catch up with Ivan Doroschuk in the near future to talk about what he has been working on since the last album. Hopefully, this Regeneration Tour appearance means there could be some new music from the band coming soon.
As the North American leg of the Regeneration Tour is finished, a discussion in the official site’s forum had been sparked in reference to a Regeneration Tour 2009. We at Revenge of the 80s Radio would like to know who you want to be included in next year’s new wave concert series. On the left sidebar is a poll where you can vote for your favorites. I included several bands based on some speculation, fan interest and feasibility (for example: Frankie Goes to Hollywood wouldn’t play together on VH1’a “Reuniting the Bands” so they are not included). I excluded this year’s regular participants but included Missing Persons, 10,000 Maniacs, Tommy Tutone and The Romantics, who participated in one or more of the Regeneration Tour concerts. You can choose 6 bands/artists and feel free to post other suggestions on our “comments” section of this post.