It’s easy to lump all of the ‘80s pop and new wave artists together into a convenient package tour (sometimes literally). But it’s very often the case that to do so does the artist in question a massive disservice. Take British synth-pop star Howard Jones, whose 1984 album Human’s Lib included the bona fide monster hit “What Is Love?” Jones will pop up on numerous compilation albums alongside A-Ha, Bananarama and Nik Kershaw. And there’s nothing wrong with any of that. But Jones has put out a string of excellent albums since then, including this year’s superb Transform. Jones performed at Live Aid and deserves his place alongside the giants of that decade. But it would be a mistake to think that his career ended there.
Howard Jones play with Men Without Hats and All Hail the Silence at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 at the Saban Theatre.