Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey to Release New Album Plus Tour with Boy George & Culture Club and The B’52s

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(New York, NY) – New wave icon Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey is set to release his first new music in 25 years: Bailey’s latest endeavor and first-ever solo album SCIENCE FICTION is due out July 13 via Mikrokosmos/BFD and is distributed via The Orchard in North America. The album is produced by Bailey himself but also features the production assistance of Hal Ritson (Chemical Brothers, David Guetta). It was recorded all over the world (France, New Zealand, London) with the studio being Bailey’s laptop and set of headphones. 

Inspired by his return to the live stage in 2014, of SCIENCE FICTION, Bailey commented, “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. 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.”

The songs on SCIENCE FICTION span the musical gamut – from synthpop meets soca to stadium pop – but all feature Bailey’s signature flair for hook-laden, radio-friendly tunes. The first single from the album will be “What Kind Of World” and is inspired by the untimely death of music legend David Bowie as well as Tesla owner Elon Musk’s vision of future commercial space travel. Please see below for the full album track listing. In support of SCIENCE FICTION, Tom Bailey will head out on a massive American tour this summer supporting Boy George & Culture Club and The B’52s. The tour will also include several headlining dates. Please see below for the current itinerary, with more dates to be added.

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The Thompson Twins had huge hits on both sides of the Atlantic, with songs such as “Hold Me Now”, “Doctor Doctor”, “You Take Me Up” and “Love On Your Side”, providing the soundtrack for so many people’s lives in the mid-eighties. The band also enjoyed big success on the US dance chart with “Lies”, “In the Name of Love”, “Hold Me Now” and “In the Name of Love ‘88”, all reaching #1. In 1985 the band played Live Aid at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia where they were introduced by Madonna to a crowd of over 100,000 and an estimated global TV audience of 1.9 billion across 150 nations. They were later joined on stage during their performance by Madonna and Nile Rodgers.

Formed in 1977, the original Thompson Twins trimmed down their line-up in 1982 to a three piece of Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway as they adopted a more electronic synthesizer-based sonic sound. Tom Bailey was the singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and, along with lyricist Alannah Currie, composed and arranged the Thompson Twins music. The last Thompson Twins show was in Texas in August 1987. Since then Bailey has worked in many different areas of music, from the experimental electronic Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer.

In 2014, The Thompson Twins’ Bailey returned to the live stage with headline shows in the U.S. and Japan and in the summer of 2015 headlined no less than six major festivals in the UK. In April 2016, Bailey won the “Best Live Show 2015” award in UK’s Classic Pop magazine ahead of Duran Duran, Kylie and Kraftwerk, this confirmed Bailey's current live show as amongst the best on the planet.

SCIENCE FICTION track listing:

1. Science Fiction

2. What Kind Of World

3. Shooting Star

4. Feels Like Love To Me

5. Blue

6. If You Need Someone

7. Ship Of Fools

8. Work All Day

9. Bring Back Yesterday

10. Come So Far

Tour Dates are as follows:

JUNE

29 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre

30 Tampa, FL USF Sun Dome

JULY

1 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

3 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues

5 Biloxi, MS IP Casino, Resort & Spa*

7 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center For The Performing Arts

10 Austin, TX Austin City Limits At The Moody Theater

11 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie

15 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre

17 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre

18 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap

20 Charleston, SC Volvo Car Stadium

21 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion

22 Atlanta, GA State Bank Amphitheatre At Chastain Park

24 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage*

25 Wilmington, DE The Queen*

27 Boston, MA The Wang Theater

28 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium

29 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

AUGUST

3 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage

4 Atlantic City, NJ Music Box At Borgata

5 Mashantucket, CA Grand Theater At Foxwoods

8 Milwaukee, WI Potawatomi Hotel And Casino*

9 Cedar Rapids, IA McGrath Amphitheatre*

10 Springfield, IL Illinois State Fairgrounds

11 Council Bluffs, IA Harrahs Council Bluff

28 Lewiston, NY Artpark

29 Kent, OH Kent Stage*

30 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

31 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Pavilion

SEPTEMBER

1 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Pavilion

3 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fairgrounds

5 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion

6 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre

7 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre

8 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

13 Puyallup, WA Washington State Fair Events Center

14 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center

15 Portland, OR Theater Of The Clouds

16 Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre

18 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery

19 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery

21 West Valley City, UT Maverick Center

22 Reno, NV Reno Events Center

23 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl

25 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

27 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino

28 Cabazon, CA Morongo Casino Resort & Spa

29 Las Vegas, CA Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

30 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort

OCTOBER

3 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

4 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

5 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson*

*Tom Bailey headlining show

For more information, please visit:

www.thompsontwinstombailey.co.uk