Colin Hay plays Boarding House Park on July 16
Colin Hay plays Boarding House Park on July 16

One of the Lowell Summer Music Series shows that we hinted about last week has come to fruition as Colin Hay, former lead singer of Men at Work, is the first announced concert in the 2016 lineup.

Hay comes to Boarding House Park on Saturday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 in advance, $40 day of the show, and premium seats are $137. The show goes on sale Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m.

Men at Work, you may recall, was the Australian pop band that exploded onto radio airwaves and MTV video screens with a string of hits in the early 1980s, including "Who Can It Be Now?," "Down Under," "Overkill," "It's a Mistake" and "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive," all of which reached the top 40 of the Billboard pop singles chart between 1981 and 1983.

Their 1981 album Business as Usual went six times platinum in the United States while the 1983 follow-up Cargo went triple platinum. Their third and final studio album, 1985's Two Hearts, even went gold in the United States though it contained no Top 40 singles.

Men at Work broke up in 1986 before reuniting in 1996. The band stayed together through 2002 and had occasional reunions until 2012 when flute/keyboard player Greg Ham died of an apparent heart attack.


Yet, Hay has also remained extremely busy as a solo artist, releasing a whopping 11 solo albums including Man at Work in 2003, Gathering Mercy in 2011 and his most recent album Next Year People.

He's touring behind that album, which has a different vibe to it thanks to the presence of a pair of young Cuban musicians, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom emigrated recently from Havana. It also features piano and organ components, giving it a flavor a bit astray from his pop sensibilities.

His recent tours have featured a nice mix of Men at Work's biggest hits as well as tracks from his vast catalog of solo albums. Should be a fun night of adult music with a little nostalgic flair as well.