Howard Jones to play Newton Theatre


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The Newton Theatre presents 80s music pioneer and hit-maker Howard Jones on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from $39 to $54 and may be purchased by visiting www.thenewtontheatre.com or contacting the Box Office at 973-383-3700.

It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English song-writing and pioneering synthesizers. Anyone who was around in the mid to late eighties will remember those high energy gigs and his first two albums Human’s Lib and Dream into Action. They lived in the higher reaches of the album charts in the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Australia and many other countries in the 1984-86 period and the hits kept coming..New Song, What is Love?, Pearl in the Shell, Hide and Seek,(which he performed at Live Aid in 1985), Like to Get to Know You Well, Look Mama, Things Can only Get Better, Everlasting Love and the quintessential No One is To Blame, which reached No.1 in the US.

A classically trained pianist, Jones applied his technique to the early synths, particularly the Roland Juno 60, the Jupiter 8 and the Moog Prodigy. He also pioneered the classic Roland 808 drum machine and the Sequential Pro-One. In the early days he was triggering sequencers live on stage whilst playing and singing, something that no one had done before.

These days he still operates on the cutting edge of today’s technology and has been one of the leading exponents of the Roland Fantom G8 and the Roland V-piano. Many contemporary giants of the dance world have shown interest in working with Howard which has resulted in tracks such as And do you Feel Scared? with Eric Prydz and Into the Dark with Ferry Corsten.

Always one to take chances, Jones continues to write great songs inspired by his Buddhist beliefs as is evident on his latest studio album Ordinary Heroes which features a string quartet on every track and one of the best Welsh male voice choirs in the world The Morriston on the song Soon You’ll Go.

Howard is very excited to present his new 5 piece high tech band for his 2017 shows. Long time collaborators Robbie Bronnimann (sequencing, keyboards & sound manipulation) and Jonathan Atkinson on electronic drums, are joined by new members Emily Dolan Davies on electronic percussion and Robin Boult on guitars. Using Howard’s relentless approach to incorporating the cutting edge technology of the day to make music in a new way, he has proclaimed that this is the best live show of his career. All the well known Howard Jones songs have been given a contemporary edge without losing their signature heritage sounds.

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