New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Pop Culture Image) - In the current state of rock music, there are not many bands that are likely to see the kind of success achieved by veterans, Wang Chung. Coming out of the post-punk era of the 1980's UK music scene, the band - throughout their 30 year career - has released 5 albums, 2 greatest hits compilations and has had 6 US Top 40 hits.
In the process, Wang Chung has become part of the vernacular of modern-day pop culture. The smash hit, 'Everybody Have Fun Tonight,' brought to the forefront the creation of a new verb utilized by everyone from Homer Simpson and Frasier Crane to Austin Powers (check out the web site http://www.wangchung.com/ for some great samples).
Their current upcoming release, 'Abducted By The '80's,' is comprised of a double CD package. CD One, also known as 'Wang,' consists of the band's biggest hits, including re-recorded versions 'Everybody Have Fun Tonight,' 'Dance Hall Days,' 'Let's Go' and an acoustic version of 'To Live and Die in LA,'
CD Two, or 'Chung,' features brand new material. The lead track, 'Rent Free' is an homage to the band's history of catchy pop tunes with 'Stargazing' and 'London Orbital' also connecting to that legacy.
During the interim of the post Wang Chung era, founders Nick Feldman and Jack Hues have certainly maintained busy schedules. In 1995, Nick co-wrote 'I Am A Man,' with Suggs, (lead singer of the group, Madness) for the film remake of the hit British television series, The Avengers. The song became a top UK hit.
Feldman then went on to an A&R position at Warner UK and later, head of A&R for Sony Europe / Sony BMG, signing Bullet For My Valentine, amongst others.
Jack Hues worked on various soundtracks in the 1990's, including the William Friedkin film, The Guardian. He later teamed up with Tony Banks (Genesis) to form the one-off group, Strictly Inc. The band released a self-titled album in 1995.
Following this, Hues formed the hybrid-jazz unit, The Quartet. They recorded two albums, Illuminated (2007) and Shattering (2008). Both CDs were released through producer, Chris Hughes' (Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel) label, Helium.
Interest in 'Abducted By The '80s,' arose as the result of Wang Chung's featured involvement in the 'Regeneration Tour' with British pop act, ABC. Since then, Feldman and Hues have been honing material for the new CD.
The 2010 tour will begin at Anthology in San Diego, CA on June 10th and finish at Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA on July 10th. For complete itinerary, please check schedule below.
Initial response to 'Abducted By The '80s,' has been very favorable and by the looks of things, houses are likely to fill quickly. For a free download and ongoing details, check out http://www.wangchung.com/
Dan Del Campos / Pop Culture Image
Thursday, June 10, 2010 San Diego - Anthology
Friday, June 11, 2010 San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
Saturday, June 12, 2010 Redondo Beach, CA - Brixton
Sunday, June 13, 2010 Woodland Hills, CA - Lou Bredlow Pavilion - FREE SHOW!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Phoenix, AZ - Skye
Thursday, June 17, 2010 TBA
Friday, June 18, 2010 San Francisco, CA - Slims
Saturday, June 19, 2010 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Sunday, June 20, 2010 Victoria, BC - Logan's Pub
Monday, June 21, 2010 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Thursday, June 24, 2010 Oshkoshh, WI - Waterfest - Leach Amphitheatre - FREE SHOW
Friday, June 25, 2010 Chicago, IL - CANS Stage - Chicagofest FREE SHOW
Saturday, June 26, 2010 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest (tentative)
Sunday, June 27, 2010 Detroit, MI - Magic Bag
Monday, June 28, 2010 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater (or 29th)
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - Akron, OH Musica
Thursday, July 01, 2010 Buffalo, NY - Sunset Bay Beach Club
Friday, July 02, 2010 Kokomo, IN - Hayes Apperton Festival
Saturday, July 03, 2010 Cleveland, OH - The Winchester
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 NYC, NY - BB Kings
Thursday, July 08, 2010 - Mohegan, CT - Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun Casino
Friday, July 09, 2010 Boston, MA - Showcase Live
Saturday, July 10, 2010 Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theatre