Book Of Love announced plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album MMXVI. On July 1st, they'll release a new compilation album MMXVI - Book Of Love - The 30th Anniversary Collection, featuring newly remastered versions of Book Of Love's greatest hits along with previously unreleased demos and two brand new songs. The new material is the band's first new material in over 15 years -- their last new song "Try" was released in 2001 on their greatest hits collection I Touch Roses: The Best Of Book Of Love. So far pre-orders and the tracklisting for MMXVI - Book Of Love - The 30th Anniversary Collection have not been announced.
All four original members of Book Of Love (Ted Ottaviano, Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee and Lauren Roselli) head out on the road to celebrate the release of the new album this summer. The band announced a 30th anniversary show in New York City to coincide with the release of new album, plus they've announced a handful of other U.S. shows. Aside from their recent May 20th gig in Chicago, these performances are the first shows to include all four original members since 2009 (the band performed a few one-off shows in 2013, however keyboardist Jade Lee was unavailable to participate at that time).
Ted Ottaviano confirms that though the band has written a few new songs, they'll be focusing on their old material, at least for the time being. He told webzine Chaos Control:
"What was really important to me was to go back and honor our music and our catalog. I had no problem writing new songs for it, but that [going back] was the goal. When the possibility of writing a new album surfaced, I had the mindset that we would write a new album when we felt like it...there’s no label or record deal that is being held over our heads where we almost have to, for better or worse, answer to any kind of boundary or timeline on anything. So we just go as we please."
Read the full interview with Ottaviano here.
Confirmed dates for the Book Of Love tour are posted below. More dates are expected to be announced soon.
For more on Book Of Love, visit their official site. More dates are expected to be announced soon.
Jun 23 -- New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (30th anniversary show)
Jul 08 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Jul 09 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Jul 10 -- Charleston, SC @ Performing Arts Center (w/Culture Club)
Jul 15 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
Jul 31 -- Houston, TX @ Reinvention Center (w/Culture Club)
Aug 27 -- Austin, TX @ Austin Pride Fest
Published May 30th, 2016