Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins have confirmed the first tour dates for their highly anticipated new project Poptone, which will perform the music of the bandmates’ prior acts Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets at nine concerts in five states in the western U.S.
The shows are slated for venues in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada during the months of May and June, and they follow the new group’s previously announced live debut at a Los Angeles recording studio next month. Tickets for all of the just-announced concerts go on sale Friday.
See the confirmed dates below.
A representative of the band tells Slicing Up Eyeballs that additional U.S. dates will be announced.
Ash and Haskins will be joined in Poptone by Haskins’ daughter Diva Dompe, formerly of Blackblack, who plays bass and sings. According to a posting on Poptone’s Facebook page, the group has been working up material for the shows, including Tones on Tail songs “Go!,” “Happiness” and “Movement of Fear,” Bauhaus track “Slice of Life,” and an Ash solo cut called “Flame On.”
UPDATE: In a news release sent out Thursday morning announcing the Poptone tour, the band’s publicists reveal “a majority of the set list they are planning to unfurl for show attendees.” That includes:
TONES ON TAIL
“OK This Is The Pops”
“Movement of Fear”
LOVE AND ROCKETS
“An American Dream”
“No Big Deal”
“Slice of Life”
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.
Below, check out the current Poptone live dates.
Poptone tour dates:
April 20: Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA (sold out)
April 21: Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA (sold out)
May 11: The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
May 12: Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, AZ
May 17: House of Blues, San Diego, CA
May 30: Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA
May 31: Strummer’s, Fresno, CA
June 2: Neptune, Theatre, Seattle, WA
June 3: Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
June 6: Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
June 7: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Peter Murphy to perform ‘his greatest solo albums’ at 15-night San Francisco residency
- Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins reunite as Poptone, will resurrect old bands’ music on U.S. tour
- Peter Murphy to release ‘Bare-Boned and Sacred’ live album from stripped-down tour
- Daniel Ash closes door on Love and Rockets: ‘It’s boring for me to do those songs’