When news first surfaced last month that Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins have reunited as Poptone to perform the music of their collective back catalog, fans were particularly excited at the prospect of hearing Tones on Tail songs played live — as that band only toured in 1984, and hasn’t reunited like Bauhaus and Love and Rockets have in recent years.
Good news. A source in the Poptone camp gave Slicing Up Eyeballs an exclusive first look at the setlist the band has worked up for its upcoming tour, and it’s heavy — very heavy — on Tones on Tail.
As you can see from the photo of the setlist posted above, the band’s worked up 10 songs by Tones on Tail, along with five Love and Rockets tracks, Bauhaus’ “Slice of Life” and the recent Ash solo cut “Flame On.” (There’s also something listed as “Physical.” Maybe an Adam Ant cover?)
As Poptone, Ash and Haskins will be joined by Haskins’ daughter Diva Dompe, formerly of Blackblack, who plays bass and sings. The group will debut with a pair of shows at a Los Angeles studio later this month, then will begin a U.S. tour with western dates in May and June.
More concerts are expected to be announced.
See those dates — including new shows in Los Angeles, Pomona, Anaheim and Vancouver, B.C. — below.
Poptone tour dates:
April 20: Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA
April 21: Swing House Studios, Los Angeles, CA
May 11: The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
May 12: Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, AZ
May 15: House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
May 17: House of Blues, San Diego, CA
May 19: The Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA
May 20: The Glass House, Pomona, 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 4: Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC
June 6: Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
June 7: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Poptone — featuring Bauhaus’ Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins — announces first tour dates
- 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’
10 Tones, 4 Love and 1 Bauhaus, with two unknowns “Flame On” and “Physical”. Maybe it’s Olivia Newton-John.
Flame On is Danny Ash solo, and Physical(You’re So) is definitely Adam Ant cover, as Danny has played it before
This is going to be amazing. I bought my tickets today.
Please come to Montreal been too long
Basically it’s a Tones On Tail reunion, with a few Love and Rockets covers, a Bauhuas song and 2 other random tunes… works for me!
Although the choice of L & R songs isn’t great; Love Me, No Big Deal, Sweet FA… not good. Would rather see The Light, It Could be Sunshine, Yin and Yang…
I think that all three of those are fine Love and Rockets selections.
Physical is most likely the Adam Ant song. Love and Rockets covered it on their Earth Sun Moon tour.
Great setlist… very happy to not see So Alive on it. Uber-excited to see Performance, Twist and Christian Says.
I would still like to see Diva sing Bela, She’s in Parties or Sanity Assassin or even Scopes which would probably fit in with the Tones on Tail songs pretty well.
I would love a Tones on Tail heavy setlist! No Dallas date :(