“Mike Ragogna: What does the future hold for Martyn Ware and various projects for you?Martyn Ware: God, lots of stuff. Like I said, we’re writing a new Heaven 17 album, we’re going to be touring next year featuring some tracks from “How Men Are” –about half of “How Men Are” –and some from our new writing and our greatest hits. We hope to, next year, go to America as well, and we’d like to do some touring with Devo, maybe combined or maybe not, who knows; it’s still in discussion.”
Gaaaah!!! I’d all but given up on the notion of ever seeing Heaven 17 play live. Back in the day when they were most active, of course they didn’t play out at all. Then, when they re-activated in 1996 to produce the excellent “Bigger Than America,” the technology had evolved to the point where it was much easier to tour on electronics and from that point on the band has been fairly active on the concert circuit. As long as one lived in the UK or Germany! Over the last few years, they’ve done classic album tours such as to make one weep. “Penthouse + Pavement,” “The Luxury Gap,” and even “Music Of Quality + Distinction” have all had deluxe, organ-auction concert events that I would have certainly attended if only a third party had advanced me the several thou necessary to do it right. Or had I several kidneys to spare.
So Ware is really wanting to hit these shores? That is great news! That’s half the struggle right there! He’s smart enough to realize that H17, alone in America is a bit too cult-like a commercial proposition, so he’s wisely considering teaming up with DEVO. That’s too perfect. DEVO would certainly add heft to the roster and H17 could possibly ride it successfully. Ware suggests a mutual friendship with the band. In the UK, they were label mates on Virgin and their US management was under the aegis of Elliot Roberts Lookout Management, so they have connections. If you listen to H17’s wonderful podcasts [and you should] they have mentioned DEVO more than once in a positive context, so according to Ware, this is being considered on both sides right now for 2014.
Exxxxcellent [Monk steeples fingers]! While I’d prefer H17 and DEVO solo tours of the Southeast, realistically, I know that it could never happen. Even as it is being considered, I suspect a trip to Washington D.C. and the 9:30 Club would be in order, but I’m fine with this twofer. It would strike off two bands from The List in one fell swoop, and realistically, I never imagined that I’d ever get the chance to enjoy H17 live in my country of birth under any circumstances, much less touring with the mighty DEVO! So you know what to do now. Log into Facebook and “like” the band or whatever the hell it is you kids do.
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