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Howard Jones at Shepherd's Bush Empire & Birmingham O2 Academy

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Anniversary of New Song celebrated with two shows
To mark the 30th anniversary of the release of his debut single, New Song, Howard Jones will play special shows in Birmingham and London.
The electro pioneer performs at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on November 29 and Birmingham O2 Academy on November 30.

Pioneer: Howard Jones (pic: Matt Kent)

Each concert will be divided into three sections.
The first part will include an unplugged acoustic set including some rarely performed album tracks and b-sides.
In the second section Howard will perform a brand new composition that will incorporate multimedia, new technology and audience participation.
The third and final set will see Howard celebrating his best known songs and highlights from his career including What Is Love, Hide And Seek, Like To Get To Know You Well, Pearl In The Shell, Things Can Only Get Better and New Song.

Anniversary: Howard Jones (pic: Simon Fowler)

Every ticket holder will receive a limited edition 30th Anniversary CD comprising Howard's favourite recordings from the past 30 years.

A classically trained pianist, Howard is enjoying something of a renaissance as contemporary dance masters queue to work with him, resulting in And Do You Feel Scared? with Eric Prydz and Into The Dark with Ferry Corsten. This year there has been a collaboration with Cedric Gervais on Things Can Only Get Better which is being used in the US for the re-launch of My Space.

Last year Howard toured Japan, Australia, Britain and America and at the age of 58 he continues to innovate on new material.
His latest studio album, Ordinary Heroes, released in 2009, features a string quartet on every track and one of the best known Welsh male voice choirs in the world, The Morriston Orpheus, on the song Soon You'll Go.

Ordinary Hero: Howard Jones (pic: Fredrik Svensson)

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Why? Electro pioneer celebrates 30th anniversary of his debut single
When: November 29 & 30
Phone: 0844 477 2000
Where: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London & O2 Academy, Birmingham
Cost: 28.50 fees
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