Posted in music | tour dates on May 18, 2011

The Human League

The Human League recently released Credo, their first LP in ten years and ninth overall, though according to a source quoted on Wikipedia, it "will not be available domestically in the US or on iTunes." The album is out now overseas. Maybe that will change, Regardless, the classic new wave band has scheduled some shows in the United States.

Though all dates haven't been announced yet, it looks like The Human League will tour from California to NYC, kicking things off at "Totally 80s Hollywood Bowl" on September 2nd along with The B-52s, The Fixx, and Berlin. The B-52s will also join them on other dates, as will fellow old school new wavers Men Without Hats who are the only opener at the NYC show at Best Buy Theater on 9/23. Tickets for that one go on AmEx presale at 10am today (5/18), and on regular sale on Friday.

Men Without Hats recently played SXSW, a fact that amused many in attendance. Houston Press caught them:

Every year at SXSW, Aftermath scans the schedule of hundreds and hundreds of bands and always has the same reaction: "They're still around?"

This year it was Canadian synth-pop safety dancers Men Without Hats. Since Aftermath was already going to be at Club de Ville Friday to interview Cheap Trick/Candy Golde drummer Bun E. Carlos and the Hats - who turned out to be founder Ivan Doroschuk (in a cowboy hat), two hired guns on synths and another on guitar - were closing out the night, we said, "Why the hell not?"

We're glad we did. Yes, there was the "S-s-s-s...A-a-a-a...F-f-f-f..." portion of the evening, at which point the entire tented patio became a sea of cameras and some very amusing dancing (above), but there's a little more to the Hats than that song, which is still as sleek and joyful as ever. It's no albatross Doroschuk only hauls out because he has to, that's for sure, as proved by the singer's own enthusiastic choreography during the 1982 hit.
For one thing, there's also "Pop Goes the World," an afterthought these days but itself a 1987 smash and practically as perfect a little pop song as you're going to find even today; we watched more than a few people who banked on leaving after "Safety Dance" turn right back around.

B-52s meanwhile will be touring a bit in June. Tickets are on sale for a June 11th NYC show at Irving Plaza.

All known tour dates and some new and old Human League videos, below...

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The Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination

The Human League - Mirror Man

The Human League - Human

The Human League - Don't You Want Me

The Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love)

The Human League - Night People

The Human League - Never Let Me Go Official Video

B-52s -- 2011 Tour Dates
JUN 09 Boston, MA. Bank of America Pavilion w/ The GoGos!
JUN 10 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
JUN 11 New York, NY Irving Plaza
JUN 14 Verona (Syracuse), NY. The Turning Stone Resort and Casino
JUN 16 Clarkston (Detroit), MI. DTE Energy Music Theater
JUN 17 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Pavilion
JUN 18 Kettering (Dayton), OH. Fraze Pavilion w/ the GoGo's!
JUL 16 Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Braves' Turner Field
SEP 02 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
SEP 08 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
SEP 09 Jacksonville, OR Britt Festivals Gardens And Amphitheater
SEP 10 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

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THE HUMAN LEAGUE - 2011 TOUR DATES (more dates TBA)
Saturday, May 21 Territorios Festival
Friday, June 17 Sonar Festival 2011
Friday, July 1 Hop Farm Festival
Monday, July 4 ZMF Festival 2011
Wednesday, July 6 Tollwood Festival
Thursday, July 7 Les Ardentes Festival
Saturday, July 30 The Magic Loungeabout Festival
Sunday, July 31 The Rewind Festival - Scotland
Saturday, August 13 Flow Festival
Saturday, August 20 Flashback Festival
Sunday, August 21 The Rewind Festival - Henley
Friday, September 2 The Hollywood Bowl *
Sunday, September 4 Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, NV * +
Thursday, September 8 Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA * +
Saturday, September 10 Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA *
Thursday, September 15 The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO +
Friday, September 23 Best Buy Theater +
* w/ B-52s
+ w/ Men Without Hats

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Comments (32)

The Human League never disappoint live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 10:19 AM

Holy 80's revival (goes without saying)!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 10:25 AM

we can dance, we can dance, everybody look at your pants

Posted by homer simpson | May 18, 2011 10:25 AM

The crowds at these shows will be pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 10:29 AM

^
i guess that means you'll be there

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 10:41 AM

Should I go to this? Can it be decent?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 10:52 AM

>>The crowds at these shows will be pathetic.

What does that mean? Older than 30?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 10:55 AM

in the lebanon

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 10:57 AM

"What does that mean? Older than 30?"

No, that means women who are going through menopause.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 11:03 AM

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL (MUSIC) BV!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 11:05 AM

Believe it or not there was actual good music in the 80's. This was not it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 11:10 AM

boosh boosh stronger than a moose!

Posted by vince noir | May 18, 2011 11:11 AM

THE HUMAN LEAGUE! Thats what dreams or made of.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 11:20 AM

No, that means women who are going through menopause.

^ perfect, that means the odds of them getting pregnant are low

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 11:37 AM

A quick glimpse at what the crowd might look like:

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 11:42 AM

Why isn't Dan Deacon playing this show?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 12:05 PM

The Human League are always great live - they play a great mix of their stuff including stuff from "Reproduction" and "Travelogue" - and Phil plays a Moog Liberation.

Plus the new album "Credo" is their best since "Dare."

And yea, I'm old.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 12:46 PM

"QUOTES"

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 12:47 PM

Tsk tsk, you people...

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 12:48 PM

OMG no OMD?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 12:55 PM

Tears for fears = the best

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 12:59 PM

The Human League invented music.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 1:18 PM

^ Everything before them was just tuning up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 1:58 PM

i am special cause i am part of the media elite

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:14 PM

"OMG no OMD?"

OMJ maybe OMC!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:18 PM

PUNCHES!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:31 PM

humehn league
mehn with hats

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 3:09 PM

you cannot call men without hats new wavers! not every 80s pop group was new wave.

saw human league at bb kings around five years ago and was pleasantly shocked of how good that show was!

Posted by me | May 18, 2011 3:37 PM

men without hats and human league is a wet dream of an 80's show

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 4:32 PM

"GET AROUND TOWN, GET AROUND TOWN, ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE SOUND OF THE CROWD!!!!"

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 7:50 PM

Just like the 80's. The Human League in 2011 are just as gold as they were in the early 80's! welcome back Gals and guys!

Posted by Chris | August 16, 2011 11:08 AM

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