It remained until the second single, “Temptation,” before the charts opened up to the former Human League members who had spent the previous year watching the lead singer of that band conquer the UK Top 10 with his all-new band. Meanwhile, ridiculously on point singles like “Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry” were now getting airplay during Thatcher’s Reign. How sweet it was. And the bitterest pill I’ve ever had to swallow was the fact that the pointed political message of that and many a Heaven 17 song never ceased to be relevant in my lifetime. Only more so with the passage of decades. Sigh.
Alas, Heaven 17 burnt out by the late 80s only to regroup a decade later with their still amazing ” Bigger Than America” album. Since then, the traditionally studio-only band has taken to the stage now that the technology is far more reliable to put their message across. Over the last 20 years, they have managed to build one of the best live bands in Britain. And this year they will be playing a “Luxury Gap” tour to commemorate their number four album that was so lush and ornate, that they only repaid the debt of recording it a few years back! I can’t say whether they will have a horn section with them on this tour or not, but the contribution of The Phenix Horns to the overall complexion of “The Luxury Gap” was profound, and I would not be surprised to see at least Pete Thoms and John Walters from Landscape doing the honors on this tour.
Better yet, the opening act for all of the dates is close friend of the band Claudia Brücken with Susanne Freytag playing a set that may contain a lot of the xPropaganda material they did two sold out concerts of just a few days ago. We just can’t seem to shake this lady of late! So what was already a must-see tour became even better. If any UK readers fancy seeing Heaven 17 telling it like it is with their top-selling album I would encourage you to act fast. The presale tickets sold out up front with the general sale having gone on sale last Friday morning. The ten dates may not be long for this world of ticket sales.
Heaven 17 | ‘Luxury Gap’ 35th Anniversary UK Tour | 2018
9 November | Northampton | Roadmender
10 November | Norwich | UEA
16 November | Bournemouth | O2 Academy
17 November | Birmingham | O2 Institute
23 November | Glasgow | O2 ABC
24 November | Liverpool | O2 Academy
30 November | London | O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
1 December | Bristol | O2 Academy
7 December | Manchester | O2 Ritz
8 December | Sheffield | O2 Academy
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