80's Halloween Party w/ Men Without Hats
Men Without Hats
If you have been able to get the 80's smash megahit "The Safety Dance" out of your head in the past nearly two decades, then you are doing something wrong. Perryscope Concerts proudly presents the 2012 Western Canadian tour of the Great White North's own new wave superstars Men Without Hats, as they remind the world that they are as relevant as ever and ready keep us dancing. Since the release of their first studio album in nine years, Men Without Hats will hit hard with songs from "Love in the Time of War" and favourites from their 25 year career!
Men Without Hats initially consisted of Ivan Doroschuk (vocals, keyboards) and Jeremie Arrobas (keyboards & electronics), as well as Ivan's brother Stefan (guitars). The band was founded in 1977 in Montreal and would undergo numerous personnel changes through the rest of the decade. The name came about because Ivan and his two brothers, following the self-described principle of "style before comfort", refused to wear hats during Montreal's cold winters, calling themselves "the men without hats."
After the release of several EP's and singles, the band hit it with their 1982 debut album "Rhythm of Youth". The band subsequently enjoyed a hit in Canada with "The Safety Dance", which peaked at No. 11 in May 1983. Soon after, the trio erupted onto the international scene when "The Safety Dance" spent four weeks at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Reshuffling the line-up, the band released the album "Pop Goes the World" in 1987 with Ivan, Stefan and Lenny Pinkas. The album's title track reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 2 on the Canadian Singles Chart, and was No. 1 in Austria. The touring band added Bruce Murphy on keyboards and guitar, Marika Tjelios on bass, Richard Sampson on drums, and Heidi Garcia on vocals and keyboards. With the release of 1991's "Sideways" the band found themselves falling out of style, as new wave synthpop became a dated sound, leading to an inevitable demise.
Ivan Doroschuk reformed Men Without Hats on September 24, 2010, and appeared at the Rifflandia Music Festival in Victoria, British Columbia, performing ten songs from the Men Without Hats back catalogue. The Ivan-fronted band began the "Dance If You Want Tour 2011" with a well-attended and positively received performance at Austin's SXSW event in March, 2011. At the NXNE festival in Toronto on June 18, Ivan announced that Men Without Hats would be releasing a new studio album, and that it would be entitled "Folk of the 80s: Part IV". On June 19, 2011. With the recent release of "Love In the Age of War" in May 2012, Men Without Hats are on a roll since their reformation, and they are not slowing down anytime soon!