Old wave: Summer tour relives '80s
EmptyThe Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Dead or Alive, A Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes will tour in the summer as part of the inaugural '80s-themed Regeneration Tour.
The month-long U.S. trek is scheduled to begin Aug. 1 at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix and wrap Aug. 29 at the Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta.
Tickets, ranging from $20-$75, already have gone on sale in Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Diego, with the remaining on-sale dates to roll out in the next four weeks.
Dead or Alive will perform on the jaunt through Aug. 11, and A Flock of Seagulls will join the tour two days later.
Live Nation will produce the majority of dates on the trek, said Red Entertainment Agency's Rick Shoor, who booked the Regeneration Tour. Shoor recently returned to the agency business, and his history dates back to the FBI Agency, where he booked numerous new wave and punk acts during the 1980s.
Shoor said the concept for the Regeneration Tour came from shopping at his favorite music retailers.
"I was hearing all these '80s hits played in the stores I shopped in every week, so I thought putting a great hits package together could be a cool thing for the summer touring season," he said.
From there, Shoor reached out to "a few managers I knew from the old days" to get artist booking ideas. The agent also recruited Sirius Satellite Radio, which will help advertise the tour through its '80s channel.
"We went through a couple different variations on the band lineup before we finally got five acts we were happy with," Shoor said. He noted the slight variation in the tour's East Coast and West Coast lineup is "due to artist availabilities and promoter preferences."
Mitchell Peters is a correspondent for Billboard.