Ultravox reunion a go for 2009

    If you close your eyes for a microsecond these days, it seems you miss another late, lamented band’s reunion announcement. The latest to hop on the reunion express? Synth-pop pioneers Ultravox. In late ’70s/early ’80s England, these guys did everything first: post-punk (in their original, John Foxx-fronted version), New Romantic (with Foxx’s replacement, Midge Ure), and electronic pop. Gary Numan himself was so entranced with and inspired by Ultravox that he tapped the band’s keyboardist/musical mastermind Billy Currie to back him both in the studio and on tour back in the day. And that’s not even taking into account the hordes of modern-day bands from the Faint on who have taken their cues from the ‘Vox. 

     

    The good news: the second (i.e. most successful) lineup of the band, the one that brought the world such synth-pop classics as Vienna and Rage in Eden, is getting back together for the first time since their 1985 Live Aid appearance, for the 2009 Return to Eden tour, where they’ll likely be revisiting tunes from those iconic albums and more. The bad news (for Yanks): thus far, there are no U.S. dates scheduled. Unfortunately, American Ultravox aficionados who want to see their heroes in the flesh have only two options at this point: earnestly crossing their fingers or hopping a flight across the pond.

     

    Ultravox 2009 tour dates:

     

    04.10: Edinburgh (Playhouse)
    04.11: Glasgow (Clyde)
    04.13: Newcastle (City Hall)
    04.14: Manchester (Apollo)
    04.15: Sheffield (City Hall)
    04.17: Birmingham (Symphony Hall)

    04.19: Bristol (Colston Hall)
    04.20: Cardiff (St. David’s Hall)
    04.21: Nottingham (Royal Theatre)
    04.23: Brighton (Dome)
    04.24: London (Hammersmith Apollo)
    04.26: Bournemouth (International Centre)
    04.27: Plymouth (Pavilion)

    04.28: Portsmouth (Guildhall)