Long time Men at Work lead vocalist Colin Hay is coming to the North Bay for a pair of shows next month, appearing at The Sweetwater in Mill Valley on May 6th and Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael the following day.
Hay, a Scottish-Australian musician and actor, is touring in support of Fierce Mercy, his most recent solo album, which was released in 2017. The tour marks his return to performing solo after spending much of 2018 with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, with whom he just completed a tour of Japan. He’s also scheduled to tour Europe with Men at Work later this summer.
Hay is most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows but most widely known for being an influential and celebrated frontman. The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year spans the genre landscape from heavy metal, to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to the Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.
Recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville, Fierce Mercy explores themes of love and loss, mortality, and even the odd UFO sighting, but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that define Hay’s work. He created a new classic in his impressive repertoire (this is his 13th solo release), using a palette of pop songcraft, Americana flourishes, and soundtrack-ready strings.
It’s animated by its pensive, honest, and impassioned lyrics, and, Hay adds, by a sense of urgency felt deeply in the song “The Last to Know,” which introduces the album’s title concept of “fierce mercy.” “When you’re in your 20s, you think you’ve got all the time in the world,” Hay said. “You get older, and you go through a quickening. Everything seems to get faster.”
Advance tickets for Hay’s May 7th show at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael can be purchased at: https://store.terrapincrossroads.net/default.aspx.command=eshop&view=catalog&relation=2&product=1369.