Influential ‘80s band Yaz will reunite for the first time in more than 25 years for The Reconnected Tour, which includes a brief U.S. trek starting July 7 in Oakland, CA. The U.S. dates culminate July 16-17 in New York City, and the European leg will start just prior to the U.S. shows from May 26-June 19. The European and UK dates include Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Sweden.
The tour is preceded by “In Your Room,” a four-disc box set which includes remasters and 5.1 mixes of the two classic Yaz albums “Upstairs At Eric’s” and “You And Me Both,” b-sides and remixes, plus a DVD featuring a new short film containing exclusive new interviews with Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet and videos for “Don’t Go,” “The Other Side Of Love,” “Nobody’s Diary,” “Situation (1990)” and “Only You (1999).” A limited edition vinyl 12” with new dance mixes will also be released to promote the set.
Yaz consisted of Vince Clarke, who had just left Depeche Mode, and singer Alison Moyet. The pair lasted for only two albums and performed only 24 concerts worldwide, but the band left an indelible mark on pop. Yaz released “Upstairs At Eric’s” in July 1982, then parted company just 12 months later on release of the second album, “You And Me Both,” which reached Number 1 in the UK. Clarke and Moyet have since gone on to have their own successful careers: Clark with Erasure and Moyet as a solo performer. Both released critically acclaimed albums in 2007, Erasure with “Light At The End Of The World” and Moyet with “The Turn.”
The Reconnected Tour will also see Yaz perform material from “You And Me Both” for the first time live, as well as alternative classics such as “Situation,” “Nobody’s Diary,” “Don’t Go” and “Only You.”
7/7 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
7/10-11 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
7/14 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
7/16-17 New York, NY NY Terminal 5
Last Updated on March 5, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen