New wave icon Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey is set to release his first new music in 25 years: Bailey’s latest endeavor and first-ever solo album SCIENCE FICTION is due out July 13th via Mikrokosmos/BFD and is distributed via The Orchard in North America.  The album is produced by Baileyhimself but also features the production assistance of Hal Ritson (Chemical Brothers, David Guetta).  It was recorded all over the world (France, New Zealand, London) with the studio being Bailey’s laptop and set of headphones.  Click here to access the cover art for SCIENCE FICTION.

Inspired by his return to the live stage in 2014, of SCIENCE FICTION, Tom Bailey commented, “I so much enjoyed playing concerts around the world over the last couple of years, that I began working behind the scenes on writing, recording and mixing the songs in this collection.  I have concentrated on other areas of music for the past couple of decades – but I find it incredibly rewarding to be making pop music again.  There’s something so special about the way this kind of music works and, for me, it’s like finding a long-lost friend.”

The songs on SCIENCE FICTION span the musical gamut – from synthpop meets soca to stadium pop – but all feature Bailey’s signature flair for hook-laden, radio-friendly tunes.  The first single from the album will be “What Kind Of World” and is inspired by the untimely death of music legend David Bowie as well as Tesla owner Elon Musk’s vision of future commercial space travel.  Please see below for the full album track listing.  In support of SCIENCE FICTION, Tom Bailey will head out on a massive American tour this summer supporting Boy George & Culture Club and The B’52s.  The tour will also include several headlining dates.  Please see below for the current itinerary, with more dates to be added.

The Thompson Twins had huge hits on both sides of the Atlantic, with songs such as “Hold Me Now”, “Doctor Doctor”, “You Take Me Up” and “Love On Your Side”, providing the soundtrack for so many people’s lives in the mid-eighties. The band also enjoyed big success on the US dance chart with “Lies”, “In the Name of Love”, “Hold Me Now” and “In the Name of Love ‘88”, all reaching #1.  In 1985 the band played Live Aid at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia where they were introduced by Madonna to a crowd of over 100,000 and an estimated global TV audience of 1.9 billion across 150 nations. They were later joined on stage during their performance by Madonna and Nile Rodgers.

Formed in 1977, the original Thompson Twins trimmed down their line-up in 1982 to a three piece of Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway as they adopted a more electronic synthesizer-based sonic sound. Tom Bailey was the singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and, along with lyricist Alannah Currie, composed and arranged the Thompson Twins music.  The last Thompson Twins show was in Texas in August 1987. Since then Bailey has worked in many different areas of music, from the experimental electronic Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer.

In 2014, The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey returned to the live stage with headline shows in the U.S. and Japan and in the summer of 2015 headlined no less than six major festivals in the UK.  In April 2016, Bailey won the “Best Live Show 2015” award in UK’s Classic Pop magazine ahead of Duran Duran, Kylie and Kraftwerk, this confirmed Tom Bailey’s current live show as amongst the best on the planet.

Tom Bailey SCIENCE FICTION track listing:

1.    Science Fiction

2.    What Kind Of World

3.    Shooting Star

4.    Feels Like Love To Me

5.    Blue

6.    If You Need Someone

7.    Ship Of Fools

8.    Work All Day

9.    Bring Back Yesterday

10.  Come So Far

Tom Bailey supporting Boy George & Culture Club and The B’52s (unless otherwise noted):


29        St. Augustine, FL                    St. Augustine Amphitheatre

30        Tampa, FL                              USF Sun Dome


1         Pompano Beach, FL               Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

3         Lake Buena Vista, FL             House Of Blues

5         Biloxi, MS                                IP Casino, Resort & Spa*

7         San Antonio, TX                      Tobin Center For The Performing Arts

10        Austin, TX                               Austin City Limits At The Moody Theater

11        Grand Prairie, TX                    Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie

15        Sugar Land, TX                       Smart Financial Centre

17        Cary, NC                                 Koka Booth Amphitheatre

18        Vienna, VA                              Wolf Trap

20        Charleston, SC                       Volvo Car Stadium

21        Charlotte, NC                          PNC Music Pavilion

22        Atlanta, GA                             State Bank Amphitheatre At Chastain Park

24        Annapolis, MD                        Rams Head On Stage*

25        Wilmington, DE                       The Queen*

27        Boston, MA                             The Wang Theater

28        Forest Hills, NY                       Forest Hills Stadium

29        Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE


3         Asbury Park, NJ                     Stone Pony Summer Stage

4         Atlantic City, NJ                      Music Box At Borgata

5         Mashantucket, CA                  Grand Theater At Foxwoods

8         Milwaukee, WI                        Potawatomi Hotel And Casino*

9         Cedar Rapids, IA                    McGrath Amphitheatre*

10        Springfield, IL                          Illinois State Fairgrounds

11        Council Bluffs, IA                    Harrahs Council Bluff

28        Lewiston, NY                           Artpark

29        Kent, OH                                 Kent Stage*

30        Clarkston, MI                          DTE Energy Music Theatre

31        Highland Park, IL                    Ravinia Pavilion


1         Highland Park, IL                    Ravinia Pavilion

3         St. Paul, MN                           Minnesota State Fairgrounds

5         Kettering, OH                          Fraze Pavilion

6         St. Louis, MO                          Fox Theatre

7         Kansas City, MO                    Starlight Theatre

8         Greenwood Village, CO          Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

13        Puyallup, WA                          Washington State Fair Events Center

14        Kennewick, WA                      Toyota Center

15        Portland, OR                           Theater Of The Clouds

16        Murphys, CA                           Ironstone Amphitheatre

18        Saratoga, CA                          Mountain Winery

19        Saratoga, CA                          Mountain Winery

21        West Valley City, UT              Maverick Center

22        Reno, NV                                Reno Events Center

23        Santa Barbara, CA                 Santa Barbara Bowl

25        San Diego, CA                        Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

27        Albuquerque, NM                    Sandia Casino

28        Cabazon, CA                          Morongo Casino Resort & Spa

29        Las Vegas, CA                        Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

30        Scottsdale, AZ                        Talking Stick Resort


3         Los Angeles, CA                     Greek Theatre

4         Los Angeles, CA                     Greek Theatre

5         Tucson, AZ                             Fox Tucson*

*Tom Bailey headlining show

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