Colin took time out from his studio before heading out on the road to record a personal update for everyone about the new album and tour!
Colin’s newest album, “Next Year People” is available on Vinyl, CD, and for digital download on Tuesday, February 17th via Compass Records. But you can stream it in it’s entirety today! Just check out the Soundcloud playlist below!
This is Colin’s 12th studio album and his first album after almost four years. The album features 12 songs that are an eclectic mix of both humorous and open-hearted tones. Colin is backed by San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both recent Cuban transplants, in addition to Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko on B3, and Colin’s wife, Cecilia Noel, as a vocalist.
After the album release Colin will continue a series of statewide tours until mid-April, at which time he will continue his tour in the great down-under! Then in June, Colin will be back on the road accompanying the Barenaked Ladies with The Violent Femmes on their “2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour”!
This summer Colin Hay will be going on tour with the Barenaked Ladies and Violent Femmes for the “2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour” starting on June 5th in Columbus, Ohio! This tour will include performances at over thirty amphitheatres around the States and will finish off on July 26th in Seattle, WA.
Tickets will go on sale as early as Friday, February 13th at 10am. You can find the full list of tour dates over in the tour section or at the bottom of this post.
It will be your perfect chance to get to hear live versions of Colin’s new material from “Next Year People”, coming out February 17th on Compass Records.
The 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour also coincides with the release of the Barenaked Ladies, as yet untitled, new album due out on Vanguard Records later this summer. Fans that purchase tickets to the 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour will instantly receive one track from the new album and a digital download of the full album upon release.
More updates and information will be coming soon, so stay tuned!!
THE BARENAKED LADIES – 2015 LAST SUMMER ON EARTH TOUR
5-Jun-15 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
6-Jun-15 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7-Jun-15 – Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
8-Jun-15 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre
10-Jun-15 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
12-Jun-15 – Red Wing, MN @ Treasure Island Resort & Casino Island Events Center
13-Jun-15 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion
14-Jun-15 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove at Harrah’s Council Bluffs
16-Jun-15 – Chicago, IL @ FirstMeritt Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
17-Jun-15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
19-Jun-15 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
20-Jun-15 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
21-Jun-15 – Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
23-Jun-15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
26-Jun-15 – Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier
27-Jun-15 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
28-Jun-15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
29-Jun-15 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
1-Jul-15 – New York, NY @ JBL Live at Pier 97
2-Jul-15 – West Windsor, NJ @ Mercer County Fairgrounds
3-Jul-15 – Solomons, MD @ PNC Waterside Pavilion
4-Jul-15 – Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheatre
8-Jul-15 – Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory
10-Jul-15 – Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove Amphitheatre
11-Jul-15 – St. Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheatre
12-Jul-15 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
15-Jul-15 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
17-Jul-15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Venue TBD
18-Jul-15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
19-Jul-15 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union OAT
21-Jul-15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
22-Jul-15 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
24-Jul-15 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden
25-Jul-15 – Portland, OR @ Edgefield
26-Jul-15 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheatre
In anticipation of the upcoming release (Feb 17, 2015) of “Next Year People”, Colin is sharing the song “Trying To Get To You.” Listen to the song in the player below and help share the word!
We are happy to report that Colin’s first new album in 4 years will be coming in early 2015! Titled “Next Year People” the album will be released on February 17th on Compass Records. The album is full of quizzical, curious, and cynical yet open-hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics. Some of the songs are based on Colin’s personal experiences such as “Waiting in the Rain,” written about his parents and the almost mystical experience he had growing up in a music shop in Scotland, surrounded by instruments and a constant stream of 50′s and 60′s radio hits.
The album’s title track, “Next Year People,” is a stand out composition – a stark but beautiful homage to the depression-era farmers who kept going by holding on to hope that next year would be better. “They kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result,” explains Colin. “I can relate, although their situation was so much more bleak.”
The album was produced by Hay and mixed by Chad Fischer (Chasing Mavericks, Ice Age 3, Lisa Loeb) and includes contributions from two young Cuban musicians, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom recently emigrated from Havana, as well Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on B3, and Colin’s wife, vocalist Cecilia Noel.
Enjoy this medley of music from Colin Hay’s show at Largo @ the Coronet on Jun 26, 2014. Part of a monthly residency at the Los Angeles club, Colin has been giving fans a peek at new material that will be released sometime in 2015. Colin will be returning on August 28th for another show at Largo – get your tickets at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/650271
Joining Colin at this show are Cecilia Noël (vocals) and San Miguel Peréz-Rodríguez (guitar and vocals)
New music coming in 2015, stay tuned to www.colinhay.com for more info!
Cameras: Jon Luini, Mark Thornton
Edited by: Jon Luini and Nick Ryderter
Produced by: Jon Luini
©2014 Colin Hay. A Chime Bit (www.chime.com)
Hello, from a rather blustery day in beautiful Melbourne town. I’ve been touring off and on since around 1991, making records, and trying to get them noticed. Radio airplay for new material has proved very challenging, so touring “live” has been my approach, old fashioned, quite analog, time consuming, but necessary, and effective. It is connecting, and provides nourishment for the soul. I am done for the time being. I’m going to spend next year writing and recording, and playing the odd gig here and there. I’d like to thank all those who made it out to a show, I literally couldn’t do it without you. I was going to write more, as there is so much to consider, as the sun sets on this year, but I want coffee, and that’s something that this town has down. That, and bi-polar like weather. Fantastic place.
FINDING MY DANCE
North America & UK/Australia Tour 2013
“An aboriginal man once came backstage after a show and said to me in a kindly voice, “Where’s your dance? I used to like your dance, you’ve lost your dance mate, you’ve gotta find your dance.” So, I set out in search of it, looking here, there and everywhere in all corners of the globe. Quite soon I realized that “finding my dance” is an inner search, and that whilst I may never truly find it, it matters not. What’s important is to keep searching, and in the process, refine and simplify the steps.” Colin Hay
Themes of redemption and renewal come naturally to Colin Hay, as he is in the midst of a remarkable renaissance. While his voice and visage are still familiar to millions from his tenure as front man, principal songwriter, and lead vocalist of pop sensations Men at Work (“Down Under, ” “Overkill,” “Who Can It Be Now?”), the past twenty years have found him quietly yet tenaciously re-introducing himself to new generations of fans. It has been an organic process, building momentum through constant touring, and film and television exposure.
FINDING MY DANCE is Hay’s expression for connecting with one’s authentic self. In the process, he takes the audience on a musical journey, sometimes straight down the main road, and sometimes taking the twists and turns of the road less traveled. Whether or not you have seen him before, you will laugh, you may shed a tear, but you will most certainly be more than entertained.
Hay is at the absolute peak of his craft. As a writer and vocalist, he has never been more masterful.
“Hay is funnier than most stand-up comedians, so he’ll split your sides and then drop a heartbreaking ditty on you.” The Houston Chronicle
“Hay is a consummate songwriter, who’s only gotten better and better with age.” Daytrotter, Illnois
For a complete list of tour dates and ticket links, visit the Tour Page.
After this spring’s successful tour, Colin returns to the UK and Ireland for a string of dates as the Finding my Dance tour continues this fall.
Tour dates are below and tickets are available now HERE.
With special guests, singer and songwriter Colin Hay, humorist Paula Poundstone, America’s “Acting President” Martin Sheen, comedienneLily Tomlin, and singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Kenni Holmen and Steve Strand join The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
CLICK HERE to see photos & video from the show.
Listen to audio from the entire show below.