Mikrokosmos/BFDHere's some news that should warm the hearts of Thompson Twins fans: The popular '80s U.K. band's frontman, Tom Bailey, will release his debut solo album, Science Fiction, on July 13.
The 10-track collection marks the singer's first full collection of new music since the 1990s. Bailey produced the album with assistance from Hal Ritson, who previously has collaborated with The Chemical Brothers, David Guetta and many others. Tom recorded Science Fiction at various locations around the world, using his laptop and a set of headphones.
The album's first single is "What Kind of World," which was inspired by both the passing of David Bowie and South African business mogul and engineer Elon Musk's concept of future commercial space travel.
Bailey recorded the album after his returning to performing in 2014 following a long hiatus.
"I so much enjoyed playing concerts around the world over the last couple of years, that I began working behind the scenes on writing, recording and mixing the songs in this collection," Tom explains. "I have concentrated on other areas of music for the past couple of decades -- but I find it incredibly rewarding to be making pop music again. There's something so special about the way this kind of music works and, for me, it's like finding a long-lost friend."
Bailey has launched a PledgeMusic page offering fans the chance to purchase signed CD and vinyl copies of Science Fiction, special bundles, themed merchandise and more.
Tom will be hitting the road with Culture Club and The B-52s in the U.S. this summer and fall, and he'll also be playing select headlining shows.
Here's the Science Fiction track list:
"What Kind of World"
"Feels Like Love to Me"
"If You Need Someone"
"Ship of Fools"
"Work All Day"
"Bring Back Yesterday"
"Come So Far"
Here are all of Bailey's tour dates; with Culture Club and The B-52s unless otherwise noted:
6/29 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Tampa, FL, USF Sun Dome
7/1 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
7/3 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues
7/5 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino, Resort & Spa*
7/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
7/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits at The Moody Theater
7/11 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
7/15 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
7/17 -- Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
7/20 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Car Stadium
7/21 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/22 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
7/24 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage*
7/25 -- Wilmington, DE, The Queen*
7/27 -- Boston, MA, The Wang Theater
7/28 -- New York City, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
7/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
8/3 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/4 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Music Box at Borgata
8/5 -- Mashantucket, CA, Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino*
8/9 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre*
8/10 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fairgrounds
8/11 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrahs Council Bluff
8/28 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/29 -- Kent, OH, Kent Stage*
8/30 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/31 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion
9/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion
9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
9/5 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
9/6 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
9/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
9/8 -- Greenwood Village, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
9/13 -- Puyallup, WA, Washington State Fair Events Center
9/14 -- Kennewick, WA, Toyota Center
9/15 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds
9/16 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
9/18 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/19 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/21 -- West Valley City, UT, Maverick Center
9/22 -- Reno, NV, Reno Events Center
9/23 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/25 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
9/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
9/28 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
9/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
9/30 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
10/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
10/5 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson*
* = headlining show.
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