Don’t you want The Human League, baby? Fans can see the renowned ’80s English synth-pop group at House of Blues Las Vegas on Friday, May 11, 2018.
Following their 1981 breakout album Dare! featuring No. 1 single “Don’t You Want Me,” and several other hits, The Human League went on to release seven more studio albums and sell more than 20 million records worldwide. With their deliberately eccentric and avant-garde aesthetic, the group comprised of lead singer Philip Oakey and female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley were the pioneers of synth-pop music through the ’80s that would inspire contemporary pop stars like Little Boots, Lady Gaga, and La Roux.
Not surprising for a group famously described by David Bowie in 1979 as “the sound of the future,” and ironically enough was originally called The Future, The Human League has never been about resting on their laurels or relying on past glories to see them through. Which is why in March 2011, they released Credo, their ninth studio album, a brilliant distillation of their ideas about pop and dancing, glamour and electronics, and anything they have ever done.
They called it Credo, meaning “belief,” for The Human League fans who never stopped believing in the band. Credo’s style is a refinement of the approach adopted by The Human League in the very early ’80s when they took the revolutionary decision to employ commercial tactics to inveigle experimental art-school ideas into the mainstream. “Love Action,” “Open Your Heart,” “Sound Of The Crowd,” “Don’t You Want Me,” “Do Or Die,” “Hard Times,” “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of” – these love, or anti-love, songs and anthems for dispossessed teens with their shiny production and hummable melodies, given added momentum by a series of menacing synth-bass riffs and riveting electronic pulse-beats, all presented in that Vogue-magazine-ish way via the artwork for Dare!, were nothing less than acts of radical subterfuge.
- Friday, May 11, 2018
- Doors: 8 p.m.
- Show: 9 p.m.
- Ages: 18+
Tickets for The Human League start at $37.50, plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. PT. Follow House of Blues Las Vegas on Twitter for presale information @HOBLasVegas. Tickets are available by visiting HouseofBlues.com, MandalayBay.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-632-7600.
House of Blues Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119