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Howard Jones, ABC and Haircut 100 play at the Wellmont Theater

originally published: 22.06.2024

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) – Fans of new wave and alternative pop rejoice! Howard Jones and ABC will be taking over stages across North America this summer with special guest Haircut 100. The show will feature an impressive selection of popular hits that are sure to delight any fan of '80s alternative music. The event will be made even more special by the return of Haircut 100, who will be playing to North American audiences for the first time in over 40 years in their original band lineup. The tour comes to the Wellmont Theatre on Wednesday, September 4, 2024.

From the extraordinary tour, Howard Jones commented: “I am very excited to go on tour with my friends ABC And Haircut 100. Our audience can look forward to first-class music every evening! Bring your party spirit with you.” ABC Frontman Martin Fry explained: “ABC in the USA. I am very happy to be on the road with you Howard Jones And Haircut 100 for an electrifying summer tour across the USA! Get ready for an unforgettable musical journey as we bring the hits to stages across the country. Let's make memories and rock the house together!” Haircut 100Nick Heyward added: “We've been yearning to play North America again since our last tour in 1982, so this is a dream come true for us. Come early and put on your dancing shoes because there's a lot to catch up on.”

Howard Jones will be accompanied on stage by his long-standing, excellent backing band: Nick Beggs (bass), Robin Boult (guitar), Dan Clarke (keyboards) and Robbie Bronnimann (keyboards and technology). ABCs Martin Fry is supported by members of his UK and US touring bands including Toshi Yanagi – guitar (Jimmy Kimmel Live house band), Andy Carr – bass (Belinda Carlisle, Nick Heyward), Jimmy Keegan – drums (Santana, Kenny Loggins) and Rob Hughes – saxophone (contemporary jazz soloist). Haircut 100 consists of original/founding members Nick Heyward (lead vocals/guitar), Graham Jones (guitar), Les Nemes (bass) and five other players who round out the show with brass and drums.

Pioneer of electronic music Howard Jones has been a mainstay on the international touring scene for four decades and has performed live in a wide variety of configurations, including intimate solo shows and appearances with his full high-tech band. With his very English songwriting and groundbreaking synthesizers, he first burst onto the contemporary music scene in 1983 with 'New Song'. His first two albums, HUMAN'S LIB and DREAM INTO ACTION, were worldwide hits. HUMAN'S LIB reached No. 1 in the UK in 1984 and contained the hits 'New Song' and 'What Is Love?'. In 1985, Jones released the follow-up DREAM INTO ACTION, which quickly became a Top Ten platinum album in the US and contained the following hits: 'Things Can Only Get Better', 'Life In One Day', 'No One Is To Blame' and 'Like To Get To Know You Well'.

Howard Jones has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world. Jones has appeared on NBC's most popular morning and evening shows, Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. His ubiquitous hits can be heard in such high-profile television series and films as Stranger Things, Breaking Bad, Watchmen, The Carrie Diaries, Superstore and Bumblebee. Howard Jones' most recent album is DIALOGUE, released in September 2022. DIALOGUE is the third album in a trilogy of electronic releases by Jones, with the multimedia project ENGAGE coming out in 2015 and the studio album TRANSFORM in 2019. DIALOGUE received serious coverage in media outlets such as Spin, Stereogum and others.

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ABC have had a glittering career to date. They are one of several groups who ushered in a “new decade” in the 80s with their own brand of pop. When it was released in May 1982, their debut album THE LEXICON OF LOVE immediately shot to number one in the UK album charts. Featuring the soulful voice of lead singer Martin Fry on hits such as “Poison Arrow” and “The Look Of Love” and produced by the legendary Trevor Horn, it was voted by many as the best British album of the decade. More hits followed with subsequent albums, including “How To Be A Millionaire”, “Be Near Me” and “When Smokey Sings”. ABC has released nine albums to date and sold over 20 million albums worldwide; their live shows continue to delight audiences around the world.

Haircut 100 released PELICAN WEST in 1982 to worldwide acclaim. This popular LP included their trademark “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)”, “Love Plus One” and “Fantastic Day”, all UK top ten singles in the 1982-83 season. They soon added a fourth, “Nobody's Fool”, and by this time PELICAN WEST had already gone platinum in the UK, just three months after release. The album spent 11 consecutive weeks in the UK top ten, reaching number 2 twice. It also charted in the US, Australia and beyond, after which frontman Nick Heyward left the band to embark on a successful solo career. Heyward's solo efforts included another top ten title, his debut solo album NORTH OF A MIRACLE, in a collection of nine LPs under his own name to date.

Tickets for the show at the Wellmont Theater are available for purchase online. The Wellmont Theater is located at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair, New Jersey.

Howard Jones and ABC with Haircut 100 North American tour dates:

AUGUST

14 Redmond, WA Marymoor Live

16 Sandy City, Utah Sandy Amphitheater

17 Sandy City, UT Sandy Amphitheater – SOLD OUT

18 Las Vegas, NV The Theater at Virgin Hotels

20 Inglewood, CA YouTube Theater

21 Del Mar, CA The Sound – SOLD OUT

22 Phoenix, AZ The Celebrity Theatre

24 Oklahoma City, OK The Zoo Amphitheater

25 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater

26 St. Louis, MO The Factory

28 Columbus, OH TempleLive at the Columbus Athenaeum

29 Windsor, ON Caesars Windsor – The Colosseum

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30 Niagara Falls, ON Fallsview Casino Resort

31 Cleveland, OH TempleLive at Cleveland Masonic


SEPTEMBER

1 Huntington, NY The Paramount

4 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont

5 Port Chester, NY The Capitol Theater

6 Huntington, NY The Paramount – SOLD OUT


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