It seems like a decade ago, but it was spring of 2020 when we spoke with OMD’s Andy McCluskey about the band’s plans for the future. Obviously so much has changed since that talk – and it changes every day it seems – but the band is scheduled to bring their Souvenir World Tour here in 2022.
McCluskey and OMD co-founder Paul Humphreys have given us so many iconic songs: “Enola Gay,” “Electricity,” “Tesla Girls,” “So In Love,” “Secret,” “Dreaming,” “Locomotion,” “(Forever) Live and Die, ” “Telegraph,” “Pandora’s Box,” and “If You Leave.” They resumed touring this year, and in April and May of 2022, we should be able to experience it live for ourselves.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark was in the midst of celebrating 40 years as a band with an anniversary tour, deluxe box set, and a greatest hits album when the pandemic hit. The guys had been touring for two years until, as McCluskey phrased it, they were “forced in boredom.” Fortunately, that changed to “forced into creativity” and he hinted new music may be happening.
Despite lockdowns and positive cases of COVID amongst themselves, OMD was able to livestream performances to raise money for the crews that were out of work after live shows were canceled across the globe. When we spoke with McCluskey, he said he was passionate about bringing awareness to the crews responsible for making the shows happen. “We are reliant on our crew,” he said. Calling crew members “family,” he said bands and their tour crew “are a chain and if one link breaks, it fails.”
The US tour takes them through all sides of the country, but the Los Angeles show at the Greek will be the closing night of the entire tour, so you know it will be extra special. Purchase tickets now to see these legendary musicians this spring.