HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY THOMAS!


Thank you for all the years of music and wonder, now make a wish and blow out those candles!

 

 

TOUR UPDATE:

The August 5, 2018 show at the State House in New Haven, CT. has been moved to a larger venue, the Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT. All previous tickets for the State House will be honored. Tickets now can be purchased here. The Space Ballroom is located at:
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514

Thomas Dolby Regales LA Audience with Synth Songs and Stories

 

THOMAS DOLBY TAKES BREAK FROM ACADEMIA
FOR SHORT SUMMER U.S. TOUR

Career compilation Hyperactive coming from BMG’s Masters Collection series on July 27.

BALTIMORE, Md. — Thomas Dolby — musician, video director, author, and now a university professor — is set for a short U.S. tour in July and August 2018 with a show titled An Evening of Music and Storytelling With Thomas Dolby.

The tour coincides with the July release of his 2-CD greatest hits collection Hyperactive, coming July 27, 2018 as part of BMG’s Masters Collection series.

In this intimate solo performance, Thomas will allow members of the audience to randomly pick songs from his 30-year catalog. He will tell the story behind the genesis of each, while simultaneously deconstructing its musical parts, synth sounds, and lyrics. The resulting music will be output from his laptop and keyboards, and projected on a screen behind him, along with personal photos and memorabilia. Each performance will therefore be a slightly different audiovisual experience, with surprises each night.

Aside from his successful solo hits such as “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive,” Dolby is known as a synthesist and producer for the likes of David Bowie, Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, Def Lepperd, George Clinton, and Joni Mitchell. His acclaimed memoir The Speed of Sound (Flatiron/Macmillan) was an Amazon Bestseller in its category, and a 2016 NPR Book of the Year.

“These shows will give me an opportunity to expand on some of the stories in my book — without pulling any punches!” said Dolby. “I’ll be unstitching the songs, as I’ve found audiences love to get a peek ‘under the hood’ and into an artist’s creative methods.”

Since completing 12 years as Music Director of the TED Conferences in 2012, Prof. Dolby has been teaching music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. This Fall he will launch a new undergraduate degree course at the Peabody Institute, focusing on music composition and 3D sound design for virtual and augmented reality — the first of its kind at a major U.S. university.

The tour is sponsored in part by Roland Corp., manufacturer of the world’s most iconic synthesizers, guitar pedals and drum machines.

Tour dates:

Weds July 25th—Largo at the Coronet, Hollywood CA (SOLD OUT)

Fri., July 27—Microsoft Theater (supporting Blondie)  Los Angeles CA  (tickets)

Sat., July 28—Microsoft Theater (supporting Blondie)  Los Angeles CA  (tickets)

Mon July 30th—The Birchmere, Alexandria VA (SOLD OUT)

Tues July 31st—Ram’s Head, Annapolis MD (SOLD OUT)

Wed Aug 1st—Sellersville Theater, Sellersville (Philadelphia) PA (SOLD OUT)

Fri Aug 3rd—The Cutting Room, New York NY (SOLD OUT)

Sat Aug 4th—Natick TCAN Center for the Arts, Natick  MA (SOLD OUT)

Sun Aug 5th—VENUE CHANGE: The Space Ballroom (tickets) All previous tickets for the State House will be honored.

Mon Aug 6th—Dante Theater, Atlantic City NJ (tickets)

Wed Aug 8th—Center Stage, Baltimore MD (SOLD OUT)

 

Track listing      

CD1

  1. Hyperactive!
  2. Europa And The Pirate Twins
  3. Radio Silence
  4. Screen Kiss
  5. Valley Of The Mind’s Eye
  6. I Scare Myself
  7.  The Devil Is An Englishman
  8. Windpower
  9. Dissidents
  10. Eastern Bloc
  11. Airhead
  12. Cruel
  13. The Ability To Swing
  14. Neon Sisters

CD2

  1. She Blinded Me With Science
  2. One Of Our Submarines
  3.  The Flat Earth
  4. Beauty Of A Dream
  5. Budapest By Blimp
  6. I Love You Goodbye
  7. Urges
  8. Pulp Culture
  9. Close But No Cigar
  10. Leipzig
  11. Silk Pyjamas
  12. May The Cube Be With You
  13. Airwaves
  14. My Brain Is Like A Sieve

    

Summer Shows!

This summer I will be playing a select handful of shows entitled “Thomas Dolby: An Evening of Music and Storytelling” (Presented by Roland Corp.)

In this intimate solo show I will deconstruct half a dozen of my favorite songs, telling the story behind their creation while breaking down the beats, chords, keyboard parts, and synth sounds, looping and layering them until I’ve recreated the entire song. My simple rig is a couple of keyboards, a drum pad, and a MacBook, the output of which is projected on a screen behind me, so the audience can see ‘under the hood’ while I build and perform each piece.

Here are the dates:

Weds July 25th—Largo at the Coronet, Hollywood CA (tickets)

Mon July 30th—The Birchmere, Alexandria VA (tickets)

Tues July 31st—Ram’s Head, Annapolis MD (tickets)

Wed Aug 1st—Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA (tickets)

Fri Aug 3rd—The Cutting Room, New York NY (tickets)

Sat Aug 4th—Natick TCAN Center for the Arts, Natick  MA (tickets)

Sun Aug 5th—State House, New Haven CT(tickets)

Mon Aug 6th—Dante Theater, Atlantic City NJ (tickets)

Wed Aug 8th—Center Stage, Baltimore MD (tickets)

In addition, I will be playing a short solo set with Blondie, Adam Ant, Marc Almond and Berlin at the Microsoft Theater, LA on 7.27.18 (tickets) and 7.28.18 (tickets)
– TMDR

Congratulations to Thomas on his Roland Lifetime Achievement Award!

Roland and BOSS presented their third-annual Lifetime Achievement Awards to synthpop and electronic music pioneer and solo artist Thomas Dolby (Roland), and guitar virtuoso, artist, and producer Steve Vai (BOSS). The Roland/BOSS Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize individuals for their invaluable contributions to the music industry while using Roland and/or BOSS gear throughout their careers. The gala event was attended by artists, musicians, and leading journalists from the music industry.  Read the press release!

 

Thomas’ book is one of Amazon.com’s picks for best books in 2016! Have you got yours?