Erasure frontman Andy Bell opens up about being an 80s gay icon ahead of their 2022 world tour
Synth-pop legends Erasure are heading out on a huge tour in the US and UK in 2022.
The band will take their latest tour to venues across the globe, playing some of their biggest hits.
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Ahead of the tour, frontman Andy Bell opened up about being openly gay in the late 1980s when Erasure were achieving mainstream success.
Bell told Creative Loafing: “I suppose you get used to the level of supposed homophobia, because you’re prepared for it in some ways.”
He says they were “shocked” by some instances where they faced a reaction “including Holland,” which they thought would “be very progressive”.
He says “it’s the same everywhere once you get outside the big cities” it becomes “quite conservative”, but adds that they had “skinhead groups chasing you down the underground railway” in London in the 1980s.
Bell also noted the sense of community at the time which helped create change, saying: “We achieved so much. There were huge political rallies going on. We’ve managed to change the age of consent, we did a lot, but we had loads of camaraderie there, and we stopped with each other.”
He also says that “communication” between the LGBT+ community needs to improve “across party lines” and “for lesbians to interact with gay men and vice versa”.
“We just need to remember that we’re all equal in the end,” he adds.
The group are heading out on The Neon Tour in early 2022, with the North American leg due to kick off on 14 January in Miami Beach.
Their tour will see them stop at venues across the country before heading to Europe later this year.
It’s in support of their 18th studio album, also entitled The Neon, which features singles “Hey Now (Think I Got a Feeling)” and “Nerves of Steel”.
But fans can also expect to hear some of their greatest hits on the setlist including “Sometimes”, “A Little Respect”, “Chains of Love” and “Oh l’amour” to name a few.
Read below to check out the full tour schedule and how to get tickets for Erasure in 2022.
Erasure’s 2022 world tour dates
- 14 January – Miami Beach, The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
- 15 January – Orlando, Dr. Philips Performing Arts Center
- 16 January – St. Petersburg, The Mahaffey Theater
- 18 January – Durham, Durham Performing Arts Center
- 20 January – New York, Radio City Music Hall
- 21 January – New York, Radio City Music Hall
- 22 January – Wallingford, Toyota Oakdale Theatre
- 25 January – Toronto, Meridian Hall
- 27 January – Pittsburgh, The Byham Theater
- 28 January – Chicago, Credit Union 1 Arena
- 29 January – Cincinnati, The Andrew J Brady Icon Music Center
- 1 February – Red Bank, Count Basie Center for the Arts
- 3 February – Washington, The Anthem
- 4 February – Atlantic City, Caesars
- 5 February – Boston, Orpheum Theatre
- 8 February – Atlanta, Symphony Hall
- 11 February – Houston, 713 Music Hall
- 12 February – Irving, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
- 13 February – Austin, ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
- 15 February – Kansas City, Uptown Theater
- 18 February – Denver, Bellco Theatre
- 19 February – Salt Lake City, Maverik Center
- 22 February – Seattle, Moore Theater
- 23 February – Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
- 25 February – San Francisco, Chase Center
- 26 February – Los Angeles, YouTube Theater
- 27 February – Las Vegas, Venetian Theatre
To get Erasure tickets for the North American leg of the tour head to ticketmaster.com.
- 10 May – Belfast, SSE Arena
- 11 May – Dublin, 3Arena
- 24 May – Aberdeen, P&J Live
- 25 May – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
- 26 May – Leeds, First Direct Arena
- 28 May – Hull, Bonus Arena
- 29 May – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
To get Erasure tickets for the UK and Ireland leg of the tour head to ticketmaster.co.uk.