Despite fans’ concerns that the entire trek had been scrubbed, it appears the Regeneration Tour is still on this summer, with
Talking Heads spinoff Tom Tom Club and New Wave stars A Flock of Seagulls filling in at certain dates for The Human League, which quit the tour after saying they’d been “promised one thing and delivered something so completely different.”
Five dates had been announced and/or gone on sale prior to The Human League’s departure last month, and each of those concerts is still on, according to the venues and promoters.
Tom Tom Club has been added to at least two of the concerts, in San Diego and Saratoga, Calif., while A Flock of Seagulls is listed as a lineup addition at the Orlando concert.
While The Human League had been the tour’s headliners, in the cases of both
Tom Tom Club and A Flock of Seagulls, the bands are now listed as openers, with Erasure frontman Andy Bell billed as headliner across all five concerts. Howard Jones is also still listed as appearing at each show, while Information Society is now appearing only in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Saratoga, according to the venues.
All of this follows the abrupt disappearance late last month of the Regeneration Tour’s official Facebook page, where the trek’s promoters had been filling in fans on efforts to replace The Human League on the bill. Similarly, a post on Bell’s official site raising concerns about his role on the tour also has been removed.
It remains unclear whether more dates will be added.
Of the venues already selling tickets, at least one — Humphreys Concerts by the Bay in San Diego — is offering fans refunds over The Human League’s cancellation (although the venue claims the band dropped off the tour due to “scheduling conflicts”).
UPDATE 5/10/13: The Tom Tom Club writes on its Facebook page: “The jumped the gun on this. Tom Tom Club is NOT on this tour.” While the Mountain Winery has now updated its site to show Men Without Hats as its new lineup addition, Humphreys still lists the Tom Tom Club as appearing.
UPDATE 5/10/13 #2: The tour’s organizers have announced new dates and lineups.
Regeneration Tour confirmed dates:
Aug. 7: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA (Andy Bell, Howard Jones, Information Society)
Aug. 23: Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, OR (Andy Bell, Howard Jones, A Flock of Seagulls)
Aug. 28: Humphreys Concerts By the Bay, San Diego, CA (Andy Bell, Howard Jones,
Tom Tom Club)
Aug. 30: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (Andy Bell, Howard Jones, Information Society)
Aug. 31: Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA (Andy Bell, Howard Jones, Information Society, Men Without Hats)
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Erasure’s Andy Bell says he can’t commit to Regeneration Tour until lineup fixed
- The Human League drops out of Regeneration Tour: ‘We just could not make it work’
- Regeneration Tour 2013: Andy Bell, Human League, Howard Jones, Information Society