Colin Hay is an Scottish-Australian singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as lead vocalist for the '80s-era rock band Men at Work. Though the band split up in 1985, hits such as "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" are perennial radio staples. Thanks to the popularity of the 2004 film Garden State, to which Hay contributed with the single "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You," his career saw a marked upswing during the early portion of the 21st century. Hay has released a total of 13 studio albums, most recently Fierce Mercy in 2017. As a solo performer, his sound is noticeably stripped-down, recalling the acoustic vibes that were the hallmark of Hay's earliest days as a musician.
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Hay was born in Saltcoats, Scotland, but his family emigrated to Australia in 1967 when the budding musician was just 14 years old. He formed Men at Work with Ron Strykert in 1978, with the pair initially performing as an acoustic duo. Later, they would add drummer Jerry Speiser, bassist John Rees and keyboardist Greg Ham (who also contributed on flute and saxophone as well as providing backup vocals) to the mix with Hay and Strykert continuing as lead vocalist and guitarist, respectively. The band's first album, Business as Usual, was a huge success in the US, prompting Hay to move to Los Angeles. In 2015, he joined the Violent Femmes and Barenaked Ladies on the Last Summer on Earth tour. Other live collaborations include an appearance with Los Angeles rock band Patrolled by Radar in Missoula, Montana in August 2010.
Where can I buy Colin Hay tickets?
Tickets to the latest live performance by Colin Hay can be found at StubHub.
At what types of venue does Colin Hay usually play?
Hay's musical style is suited for a range of venues, from small and intimate theaters (300 to 400 people) to larger arenas. Recent tours have included a number of open-air venues, which contribute nicely to Hay's relaxed and natural stage presence.
What can I expect from a Colin Hay concert?
Onstage, Hay tends to intersperse his setlist with plenty of examples of wry, deadpan humor. He's open about the fact that his early days with Men at Work were responsible for building his brand and isn't afraid to throw casual fans a bone by performing the tunes they remember from that era. The show will likely alternate between wistful, low-key numbers and more upbeat tracks with the backup band providing a hefty dose of instrumental riffs.
Does Colin Hay still tour with the other members of Men at Work?
Though Hay facilitated a "reunion" Men at Work tour in 2018 (he was actually the only original band member in the lineup), the band is no longer active. Hay does, however, usually perform a few Men at Work songs during his solo shows.
Are there any other artists currently touring who are similar to Colin Hay?
Folk musician Joshua Radin (who also contributed to actor/filmmaker Zach Braff's oeuvre with his single, "Winter," making an appearance in a "Scrubs" episode) and the British artist David Gray ("Babylon") have both drawn comparisons to Hay. Information about their current touring schedules can be found by visiting StubHub.Back to Top
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