The legendary synthpop British music duo are headed to the US, including a stop in Chicago!
ERASURE (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) have announced details of a surprise EP celebrating the kickoff of their UK tour...and they're headed stateside, too.
Out on CD, limited edition purple cassette(!), and digital platforms, Ne:EP is a five-track companion piece to their latest album, The Neon, with four new tracks sitting alongside “Secrets,” which originally appeared on The Neon Remixed.
The duo, whose first big US hit was "A Little Respect," recently released their eighteenth studio album, The Neon, which went into the UK Official Albums Chart at #4, their highest chart position since I Say I Say I Say, which in turn gets a deluxe 2CD expanded hardback book release on November 5.
The UK tour kicks off in Glasgow before a series of dates that includes a long awaited show at The O2 in London on October 17 with additional special guest Blancmange.
Erasure’s North American tour launches January 14 in Miami before wrapping up in late February at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Bag Raiders will open each date with a DJ set. The Chicago concert is on January 28 at thew Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC.
Out of the pair, keyboardist Vince Clarke is the straight dude, but Andy Bell, the group's upbeat frontman has been openly gay since Erasure began. "We were playing Pride (events) in the late '80s, '86 and '87, and before that I was going to Pride on my own in London," he told press.
That and their enduring electropop sound, following in the footsteps of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Depeche Mode (of which Clarke was a founding member), have made them a solid favorite with the LGBTQ community for decades.
See the touring itinerary at Erasure’s website.