Canadian tour dates kick off later this month
In celebration of his 40-year career, Cherry Red Records will soon release “Celebrate It Together: The Very Best of Howard Jones 1983-2023.” Due out Oct. 6, the very special compilation will be available in three different formats: 4-CD, 2-LP or 2-CD. This is the first anthology that looks at his entire catalog, from the original version of “New Song,” all the way to a 2023 “Elephant Talk” remix of it that recasts it within a modern electronica context. It includes songs from his classic Warner-era catalog, as well as work from his independent Dtox label, and features the comprehensive collection of hit singles, remixes, key album tracks, live versions and alternative recordings.
For “Celebrate It Together,” Jones personally chose to group the songs into four categories: “Popular Hits,” “Electro,” “Chill” and “Curiosities.” He wanted to elevate this selection of songs beyond the typical chronological approach and create themes that mix and match different pieces from different eras, with the overall listening experience top of mind. The deluxe, 4-CD box set version contains 64 remastered tracks and includes four previously unreleased tracks and a further six tracks previously unreleased on CD.
To preorder “Celebrate It Together,” click here.
Jones just wrapped a wildly successful summer tour of North America as main support for Culture Club on “The Letting It Go Show” shed trek. Berlin rounded off the bill. Of Jones’ set, USA Today declared him to be “personable and gracious … in fine form,” dubbing him the “genial keyboard wizard.” Later this month, Jones will headline a short run of dates in Canada before heading to Japan and the U.K. to continue his 40th anniversary shows. See below for the Canadian itinerary.
Jones has been a constant presence on the international touring scene for the past four decades, playing live in a number of configurations, including intimate solo shows and dates with his full high-tech band set-up.
He first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers with “New Song.” His first two albums, “Human’s Lib” and “Dream Into Action,” were worldwide hits. “Human’s Lib” reached No. 1 in the U.K. and featured the hits “New Song” and “What Is Love?” In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, “Dream Into Action,” which quickly became a Top 10 Platinum album in the U.S. and featured the hits “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life In One Day,” “No One Is To Blame” and “Like To Get To Know You Well.”
Jones has sold upward of 10 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world. He has recently performed on NBC’s top-rated morning and nighttime shows respectively, “Today” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” His ubiquitous hits can be heard in such high-profile television series and films such as “Stranger Things,” “Breaking Bad,” “Watchmen,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Superstore” and “Bumblebee.”
Howard Jones Canadian Tour Dates
√ Sept. 26 – Saint Catherine’s – First Ontario Performing Arts Centre
√ Sept. 27 – Oakville – Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
√ Sept. 28 – Richmond Hill – Richmond Hill Centre For The Performing Arts
√ Sept. 29 – Kingston – Kingston Grand Theatre
√ Oct. 1 – Brantford – Sanderson Theatre