Singer-guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins — who spent large swaths of the ’80s and ’90s performing together in the seminal acts Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets — are reuniting to form a new band called Poptone with Haskins’ daughter Diva that will perform the music of those three classic acts on tour in the U.S. this summer.
Details of the project, including tour dates, have not yet been an announced. But a representative of the group confirms to Slicing Up Eyeballs that Poptone will take to the road this summer in the U.S. to perform the music of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets.
UPDATE: Poptone has announced its first public performance, on April 20 at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles. Tickets for the 250-capacity performance, priced at $75, are on sale now via Ash’s website.
UPDATE #2: With that performance sold out, Poptone has added a second show, on April 21 at Swing House Studios. Again, tickets are limited to 250 people, and this time are priced at $95. That includes a T-shirt, sticker and copy of the setlist, and those tickets are on sale now.
Diva Dompe, Haskins’ daughter, is a musician in her own right who previously played in BlackBlack.
Haskins and Ash, who have been DJing together of late, last played together in Bauhaus, with Haskins’ brother David J and frontman Peter Murphy, during a 2006 reunion and in Love and Rockets, again with David J, in a 2008 reunion. The comparatively short-lived Tones on Tail, which featured Ash, Haskins and bassist Glenn Campling, only ever performed live in 1984.
Fans will no doubt be overjoyed by Ash’s change of tune. After the the Bauhaus and Love and Rockets reunions in the 2000s, he swore off working with his old bandmates. In fact, in 2009 Ash told Slicing Up Eyeballs he was done with those groups:
“It’s boring for me to do those songs that are so old. … You’ve got to realize we’d been working in one capacity or another since 1979. That’s like a lifetime, you know. Time to move on.”
It’s not yet known whether Poptone will also dip into the small but beloved catalog of The Bubblemen.
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