Friday, February 1, 2013

Colin Hay Gets Back to Work

Colin Hay

Colin Hay, the front man from the Australian 1980’s super-group, Men at Work, made a
performance at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. He played three shows
during this monster of a festival, hosting upwards of 80,000 festival goers over the course of four days.
His short 30 minute set on the Solar Stage on Friday, June 8th is seen below in the photos. It captured a
smaller crowd for those willing to brave the mid-afternoon sun. Everyone who thought they would get
their retro music fix from a full blown energetic Men at Work concert was dead wrong.

On the contrary,
it was a solo acoustic set that resembled VH1’s unplugged series. The set list was full of songs that you
wouldn't have known unless you were a die-hard fan. All in all the performance showed that Hay still
has a proper stage presence and powerful vocal capability. This show would lead in to his “Storytellers”
performance the following night in the comedy tent, which had a much greater attendance and a much
more infamous set list.
Colin Hay
 Hay is riding the wave of his 2011 release of his album, Gathering Mercury, and his 2012 EP
“Down Under 20122,” showcasing his 30th anniversary re-release of Men at Work’s hit “Down Under.”
According to, this track was licensed as the Australian network Telstra’s theme for their
Olympic Games advertising campaign. Hay is currently on an Australian tour until March, and will
commence a worldwide tour in April that will take him to select locations in the United States and
eventually across the entire continent of Europe. This all goes to show that all these years, Colin Hay
still has what it takes to be an international musical star.

Colin Hay
Colin Hay Tour Dates:

Feb 01 Bunbury Entertainment Centre - Bunbury Wa, Australia

Feb 02 Perth Regal Theatre - Perth Wa, Australia

Feb 03 Mandurah Performance Centre - Mandurah Wa, Australia

Feb 05 The Nautilus Theatre - Port Lincoln, Australia

Feb 06 Northern Festival Centre - Port Pirie, Australia

Feb 08 Her Majesty’s Theatre - Adelaide Sa, Australia

Feb 09 Barossa Arts & Convention Centre - Tanunda, Australia

Feb 12 Performing Arts Centre - Hamilton Vic, Australia

Feb 13 Lighthouse Theatre - Warrnambool Vic, Australia

Feb 15 Frankston Art Centre - Frankston Vic, Australia

Feb 16 Athenaeum Theatre - Melbourne Vic, Australia

Feb 17 Athenaeum Theatre - Melbourne Vic, Australia

Feb 19 The Capital - Bendigo Vic, Australia

Feb 20 Westside Performing Art Centre - Mooroopna, Australia

Feb 22 Concourse Theatre - Sydney Nsw, Australia

Feb 23 Canberra Theatre - Canberra Act, Australia

Feb 24 EVAN Theatre - Penrith Nsw, Australia

Feb 26 Illawarra Performing Arts Centre - Wollongong, Australia

Feb 27 CESSNOCK PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE - Cessnock Nsw, Australia

Mar 01 Bellingen Memorial Hall - Bielsdown Hills Nsw, Australia

Mar 02 Glass House - Port Macquarie Nsw, Australia

Mar 03 West Leagues Club - Tamworth Nsw, Australia

Mar 05 Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House - Sydney Nsw, Australia

Apr 02 MIM Music Theater - Phoenix, AZ

Apr 04 Largo at the Coronet - Los Angeles, CA

Apr 05 Rio Theatre - Santa Cruz, CA

Apr 06 Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA

Apr 07 The Center for the Arts - Grass Valley, CA

Apr 10 Rogue Theatre - Grants Pass, OR

Apr 11 The Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR

Apr 12 The Neptune Theater - Seattle, WA

Apr 13 Panida Theater - Sandpoint, ID

Apr 15 Myrna Loy Center - Helena, MT

Apr 17 The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

Apr 19 PAC3 - Carbondale, CO

Apr 20 Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts - Palmer Lake, CO

Apr 21 Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO

Apr 30 Ardrossan Civic Centre - Ardrossan, United Kingdom

May 02 O2 Academy 2 Birmingham - Birmingham, United Kingdom

May 03 The Caves - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

May 04 O2 ABC Glasgow - Glasgow, United Kingdom

May 05 HMV Ritz - Manchester, United Kingdom

May 08 O2 Academy 2 Leicester - Leicester, United Kingdom

May 09 O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, United Kingdom

May 10 O2 Academy Bournemouth - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

May 11 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire - London, United Kingdom

May 12 Arlington Arts Centre - Snelsmore Common, United Kingdom

May 17 ONO - Bern, Switzerland

May 18 Das Bett - Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

May 19 Buchcafe - Bad Hersfeld, Germany

May 21 Meier Music Hall - Braunschweig, Germany

May 22 Zentrum Altenberg - Oberhausen, Germany

May 23 Op der Schmelz - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

May 24 Parkbühne GeyserHaus - Leipzig, Germany

May 25 Speicher - Schwerin, Germany

May 26 Fabrik - Hamburg, Germany

May 28 Theater Laboratorium - Oldenburg, Germany

May 30 Capitol - Manheim, Germany

Colin Hay

Colin Hay Tickets

Written by Jeremy Carson
Photos by David Oppenheimer - Performance Impressions Concert Photography Archives

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