(UK) The Human League, without doubt one of the most influential pop groups of all time, announce their Alternate Universe (AU) Tour – a 14-night nationwide tour of the UK at the end of this year. The AU Tour hot-foots off the back of the band’s chart hit earlier this year when ‘Don’t You Want Me’ re-entered the UK Top 20 following mammoth public demand from a social media campaign. Comprising of long-standing band members, Phil Oakley, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley, the tour reinforces the inimitable power, influence and popularity of The Human League.
The AU Tour is significantly timed, kicking-off exactly 33-years to the day since The Human League brought us their best-known and most commercially successful hit, ‘Don’t You Want Me’. In 1981, the track became Britain’s Christmas No1 (still remaining the most successful Christmas hit ever) and has since sold over 1,560,000 copies, making it the 23rd most successful single in UK Singles Chart history. It later topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 3 July 1982, where it stayed for an impressive three weeks.
The Human League have had four Top 10 albums and eight Top 10 singles in the UK; as well as two US Number 1 singles and have sold 20 million records Worldwide. Their influence on the decade is so monumental that the most lauded TV programme of recent times, the time-travel saga, Ashes To Ashes, actually based one of its main characters on Joanne Catherall. While the mighty Philip Oakey appeared in a recent episode of Top Gear at the personal behest of Jeremy Clarkson, who regularly name-checks The League in his newspaper column.
The avant-garde synthesizer based band are still pioneering the current sound in the music charts to such an extent that a new generation of synth-driven female pop artists have been labeled as the ‘L’ girls. La Roux is a known admirer of the electro pioneers, while Little Boots is such a fan that she requested Philip Oakey’s input on her debut album. Even Lady Gaga is openly proud to be a professed devotee.
The Human League Alternate Universe Tour Dates:
Friday 28 November Leicester – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 29 November: Manchester – Apollo
Sunday 30 November: Liverpool – Philharmonic
Tuesday 2 December: Newcastle – City Hall
Wednesday 3 December: Glasgow – Royal Concert Hall
Friday 5 December: Wolverhampton – Civic Hall
Saturday 6 December: London – Hammersmith Apollo
Monday 8 December: Leeds – Academy
Tuesday 9 December: Nottingham – Concert Hall
Wednesday 10 December: Sheffield – City Hall
Friday 12 December: Brighton – Brighton Centre
Saturday 13 December: Bournemouth – BIC Windsor Hall
Sunday 14 December: Plymouth – Pavilions
Monday 15 December: Bristol – Colston Hall