Howard Jones will embark on a short North American tour this fall that will find the synthpop maestro performing his first two albums — 1984’s Human’s Lib and 1985’s Dream Into Action — in their entirety for the first time, incorporating the original multi-track recordings and newly commissioned visual components.
The 11-date tour opens Oct. 12 in San Diego and runs through Oct. 28 in Peekskill, NY, with a brief foray into Canada for a pair of shows in Ontario. Jones will be joined by Robbie Bronnimann on live sequencing and effects, and Jonathan Atkinson on electronic drums.
In a news release, Jones says performing his first two albums — featuring the hits “New Song,” “What Is Love?” and “Life in One Day” — is his way of giving fans what they’ve long wanted.
“The idea of doing the first two albums came from the fans constantly asking me to do this. When I was finally able to get the multi-tracks from Warners in 2010 it was then possible to do these shows in an authentic way. The technology was not available in the mid ’80s to do justice to the songs and so many of them I am performing for the first time live. It seemed a great opportunity to add video to the show and I commissioned visual pieces for all 24 tracks. I am really looking forward to playing in America in October.”
Howard Jones Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action tour dates:
Oct. 12: 4th & B, San Diego, CA
Oct. 13: Cox Auditorium, St. George, Utah
Oct. 14: The Music Box, Hollywood, CA
Oct. 15: The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
Oct. 18: The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Oct. 19: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Oct. 20: Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
Oct. 25: Oakville Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 26: Oakville Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 27: Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
Oct. 28: Paramount Centre, Peekskill, NY