This paradoxically named tour points out the contradiction of once-forward-thinking new wave bands touring now on the oldies circuit. In the early '80s, groups such as Thompson Twins and Ultravox generally ditched the guitar-heavy approach of '70s classic-rock bands in favor of adventurous synths riding over postpunk and disco rhythms, but over the ensuing decades, that radical approach has become fairly commonplace. Tonight, Thompson Twins leader Tom Bailey takes a detour from his recent audiovisual experiments in the Bailey-Salgado Project for a nostalgic walk through the past, Midge Ure reprises his hits with Ultravox, and synth man Howard Jones croons his mechanized funk-pop songs. China Crisis' lightweight pop has only become blander over the years, while former Katrina & the Waves diva Katrina Leskanich is still walking on sunshine but has always been influenced more by vintage Motown pop than new wave.
Fri., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., 2014
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