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Retro Futura Tour w/ Tom Bailey
with Howard Jones, Midge ure, China Crisis and Katrina
From the Promoter
Thompson Twins’ TOM BAILEY will play Thompson Twins hits live for the first time in 27 years as part of the Retro Futura Tour 2014. Howard Jones, Ultravox's Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina (ex-Kartina & The Waves) will join Tom on his first tour since 1987 at Kool Haus on Tuesday, August 26.
For nearly three decades fans of the Thompson Twins have been waiting for more live performances from one of the most iconic bands of the eighties. Now Tom Bailey, with a new band, will be touring and performing most of the big Thompson Twins hits in 2014.
The Thompson Twins had huge hits on both sides of the Atlantic. Songs such as ‘Hold Me Now’, ‘Doctor Doctor’, ‘You Take Me Up’ and ‘Love On Your Side’ provided the soundtrack for so many people’s lives worldwide in the mid-eighties. The Thompson Twins also enjoyed big success on the US dance chart with ‘Lies”, ‘In the Name of Love’ and ‘Hold Me Now’ all reaching the No 1. In 1988 they had another No 1 dance chart hit in the US with ‘In the Name of Love 88”.
Howard Jones returns after a successful 2013 tour, which marked 30 years since the release of his first single ‘New Song.’ Jones, burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983 with his very English song-writing and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums Human’s Lib and Dream into Action garnered numerous hits, including “New Song,” “What is Love?,” “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Everlasting Love” and the quintessential “No One is To Blame,” which reached No.1 in the US.
An artist who has received Ivor Novello, Grammy, BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction. By 1985, Midge Ure's single "If I Was" went to number 1 and he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career - Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous one off group in musical history Band Aid had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation. Ultravox's chart catalogue tracks like 'Reap the Wild Wind', 'Dancing With Tears in My Eyes', 'Love's Great Adventure' and 1981's timeless 'Vienna' were all massive hits the world over as they charted with awesome regularity.
China Crisis are an English pop/rock band. Formed in 1979 with vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. Their output was pop music similar in style to that of New Wave but with strong similarities to the post-punk movement of the early 1980s, namely inclusion of a broader range of musical influences and occasional flirtation with political commentary. Throughout their career, China Crisis has seen moderate success in the United Kingdom with ten hit singles between August 1982 and January 1987 and six albums, as well as commercial success in Western Europe, Australia and the Americas.
Former lead singer from the Grammy nominated band, Katrina and The Waves, Katrina now has a career both as a solo artist and with her new band. Katrina and The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their song ‘Going Down To Liverpool’. This drew attention to the group and lead to an international deal with Capitol Records. The first Capitol album, ‘Katrina & The Waves’ released in 1985, was a substantial critical and commercial success and ‘Walking on Sunshine was a worldwide hit earning top ten spots around the globe. (No. 9 US, No.8 UK, No.3 Canada, No.4 Australia). Since then, the song has been broadcasted over 2,500,000 times in the U.S. and was the highest played track on radio in the Summer of 2008.