Posted in music | tour dates on January 11, 2011

by Bill Pearis


The original line-up of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are plotting their first North American tour in over 20 years, including a March 8 stop at Webster Hall in NYC with Oh Land. Amex presale for that show starts Wednesday (1/12) at noon, with a general on-sale Friday (1/14) at noon. The veteran synthpop band will also be at SXSW this year.

The classic four-piece line-up of OMD, the same one that gave us the band's first first six albums, haven't played the US since 1988 when they opened for Depeche Mode on the 101 Tour. Founding member Paul Humphreys left the band shortly after that. Andy McLuskey released three albums under the OMD name in the '90s that never saw the critical acclaim or commercial success of the '80s line-up. All four reunited in 2007, and last year released History of Modern, a pretty solid comeback album that features a Peter Saville-designed sleeve and that soaring OMD sound and pop sensibility, tweaked for a new era.

OMD were always one of the better live bands of the synthpop era thanks to the honest-to-goodness live rhythm section of singer/bassist Andy McLuskey (whose goofy on-stage performance style may have invented new wave dancing) and ace drummer Malcom Holmes. Founding member and co-songwriter Paul Humphreys and keyboardist Martin Cooper round out that classic line-up. European shows from the last two years have gotten high marks. From The Guardian:

Tonight, played at unexpectedly ear-splitting volume - as if OMD still feel they have something to prove to the kind of rock fan who spent the early 80s dismissing electronic pop as poncy hairdressers playing synthesisers - they sound great: Messages is darkly melancholic, Souvenir beautifully opaque.

More surprisingly, the audience react the same way to tracks from OMD's comeback album History of Modern, which tells you something about its forensic re-creation of OMD's early 80s sound, weirdness and pop smarts fully intact. Indeed, at one point, an audience member feels impelled to throw her bra at McCluskey's soberly besuited foil, Paul Humphreys. "Thank you," he says, visibly surprised at the ardour with which the band are being received, "for that, um, rather large present."

Will undergarments fly at Webster Hall? I have to admit I'm kind of looking forward to this show. You can check out videos for new singles "Sister Marie Says" (which sounds more than a little like "Enola Gay") and "If You Want It" below, along with a couple classic '80s clips and all OMD tour dates.



OMD - Sister Marie Says

OMD - Enola Gay

OMD - If You Want It

OMD - If You Leave

OMD - So In Love

OMD - Electricity

OMD - 2011 North American Tour Dates
March 5th Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 6th Montreal, QC Le National
March 7th Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
March 8th New York, NY Webster Hall/Irving Plaza
March 10th Washington, DC 9.30 Club
March 12th Chicago, IL Park West
March 14th Atlanta, GA The Loft
March 16th Houston, TX House Of Blues
March 17th Austin, TX SXSW
March 18th Austin, TX SXSW
March 19th Austin, TX SXSW
March 20th Dallas, TX House Of Blues/Granada Theatre
March 22nd Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
March 23rd Salt Lake City, UT Depot
March 25th Los Angeles, CA The Music Box
March 26th San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom



Comments (16)


Posted by John | January 11, 2011 5:01 PM

I am SO there. Andy's line up of OMD did play at the Marquee here in NYC in 1991 (?) at the time of Sugar Tax.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 5:05 PM

I'm in.

Posted by Dan | January 11, 2011 5:06 PM

What's going on today?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 5:16 PM

Will they play "If you Leave"?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 5:27 PM

ah, wet dream fulfilled !

Posted by me | January 11, 2011 6:01 PM

Urgh! A Music War!
Molly Ringwald!
the 1980s!

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 6:05 PM

Depeche Mode and OMD in 1988 must have been a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 7:31 PM

The 101 tour was amazing.

Posted by Dan | January 12, 2011 12:30 AM

wasn't Wire on the bill on some dates of DM's 101 tour too?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 10:00 AM

Is everyone gonna be dressed all Pretty in Pink? Definitely going then.

Posted by Kate | January 12, 2011 12:29 PM


i think that was a later tour... maybe Violator? Electronic also opened some of those dates.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 2:35 PM

Ah perhaps. Nitzer Ebb and Jesus and Mary Chain (!!!) opened at the Giants Stadium show here in the NYC area.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 3:08 PM

Ha, Ticketmaster's default ticket level is "Any Price".

I won't let go at that much.

Posted by M | January 12, 2011 4:07 PM

these guys are total utter sell outs, the VIP and gold packages are obscene if you buy into these assholes attempts to fund their retirement you are a complete moron. and they are pretty shit live. $150 each you must be F&&@$ kidding

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 6:29 PM

Depeche Mode Rosebowl show 1988 (Concert for the Masses) had OMD, Wire, Thomas Dolby on the bill. Saw DM and OMD at Jones Beach, fantastic show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 2:46 PM

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