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
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.
The podcast edit for our 9/9 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, Ivan Doroschuk of Men Without Hats is our guest. Ivan talks about the history of Men Without Hats, the lineups, the music and his current U.S. tour – Men Without Hats’ first American trip in 20 years. We also discuss the band’s upcoming new album. Our conversation leads off Hour 2 of the show.
We also play classic tracks by Blancmange, Altered Images, Wall of Voodoo, Julian Cope, Kate Bush, Wall of Voodoo and more of your favorite classic alternative artists.
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
Fans of Men Without Hats looking forward to seeing one of Canada’s top exports of the 80s live for this year’s Regeneration Tour will be disappointed to learn that they will be unable to perform at this year’s flashback concert series. In a statement given to tour organizers Red Entertainment Agency and posted on the Regeneratio Tour’s website, lead singer Ivan Doroschuk apologizes:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Men Without Hats will not be joining the Regeneration tour this year. We would like to thank you very much for your continued support and for helping us land the gig in the first place . Hopefully we will be able to rectify the situation and see you all in the very near future .
Until then , have fun & keep dancing
Lead singer/songwriter – Men Without Hats
While it was honorable for Doroschuk to kindly inform Red Entertainment and fans of the bad news, Men Without Hats will be missed on the tour.
Organizers, however, reached an agreement with Cutting Crew to join the tour, which already features ABC, Wang Chung and Heaven 17. Cutting Crew is remembered for such hits as “One For the Mockingbird” and “I Just Died In Your Arms.”
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.