It’s been two years now and I’ve tried to leave the huge disappointment behind of my first trip to the UK to see Heaven 17 play the first two Human League albums being scuttled by a global pandemic that’s about to enter its fifth wave. With another variant sweeping through Asia and Europe with North America to follow any moment now. That event was to have the long mooted Heaven 17 North American tour finally happening after 39 years of the scantest of live presences in North America.
With a reckless optimism that I can’t really, muster up, the band will be mounting an even larger tour with fifteen dates surpassing the eight that they had originally booked in a new tour that goes on sale today. Most of the same cities will get show, and even three of the venues were the same! Of course, there’s not much action below the Mason-Dixon line. Unsurprisingly.
The nearest date to my environs is the Birchmere show in Virginia. It’s over seven hours by car, and it’s on the day prior to my birthday. In a parallel universe, I’d already have my tickets, but I’m not ready to head back into a box in another state to see live music in a still robust pandemic. And I don’t see that ending any time soon as the severely ginned political pushback against public health measures risk seeing Covid-19 turn endemic. In fact, its the “conclusion” to the pandemic that I anticipate.
But if any other Heaven 17 fans want to take in a show by the never more relevant SynthFunk act, then by all means have fun.
HEAVEN 17 | We Don’t Need This Fascist Groove Thang US Tour | 2022
September 16 | Pawling, NY | Daryl’s House
September 17 | Red Bank, NJ | The Vogel
September 18 | Boston, MA | City Winery
September 20 | Detroit, MI | Magic Bag
September 22 | Chicago, IL | Park West
September 23 | Toronto, ON | Danforth Music Hall
September 24 | Philadelphia, PA | Keswick Theatre
September 25 | Alexandria, VA | Birchmere
September 27 | New York, NY | (Le) Poisson Rouge
September 29 | Los Angeles, CA | Belasco
September 30 | San Diego, CA | House of Blues
October 1 | Santa Ana, CA | Observatory
October 2 | San Francisco, CA | Bimbo’s 365 Club
October 5 | Portland, OR | Crystal Ballroom
October 6 | Seattle, WA | Neptune Theatre
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