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.