Wang Chung’s Nick Feldman is sitting in his London home watching the pouring rain. He gets that’s something Arizonans need and miss, but he just hates the rain.
“For me, that’s pretty disgusting,” he says with a laugh.
Feldman doesn’t let that dampen his enthusiasm for gearing up to play Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre on Thursday, September 5, with The Flock of Seagulls, Farrington and Mann (original members of When in Rome U.K.), The Vapors, Boys Don’t Cry and Real Life.
“The people in Arizona are still so enthusiastic about what we’re doing,” Feldman says. “That’s kind of a privilege and we’re blessed in that way. I enjoy them. It’s nice to play with bands we’re friends with. The only downside to these multiband shows is you don’t get to play as long as you normally do.”
The set will feature Wang Chung hits like “Dance Hall Days,” “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” and “Let’s Go” with a “little surprise thrown in.”
“I’ve got something planned, but I’m not going to tell you what it is,” he says coyly.
Wang Chung, which also includes co-frontman Jack Hues, recently reimagined its music with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, “Orchesography.”
“We’re so proud of that record,” Feldman says. “This came out of the blue. We were offered this record deal. They’ve been doing work with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and we thought those arrangements and orchestrations would be interesting. Prague is a beautiful city and that was an amazing experience for us.”
The CD package includes Wang Chung playing along with the orchestra; the second disc is just vocals and orchestra, without Wang Chung; the third features remixes, and the fourth is “pure instrumental.”
“You can buy the main CD just by itself,” he says. “We’re selling it on tour.”
Recently, Feldman wrapped a tour of Japan and Australia with fellow 1980s hitmakers Cutting Crew. Feldman and Cutting Crew played ’80s in the Sand Festival in the Dominican Republic and won the “best band” prize.
“We merge our two bands and play a set as one band,” Feldman says. “We play each other’s music. We’ve been doing that over the past few years in various parts of the world.
“It’s quite refreshing to play other people’s music and then playing your music. It’s something I’ve been doing, without Jack—it’s just me and Cutting Crew. It definitely works for us.”
The Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Farrington and Mann, The Vapors, Boys Don’t Cry and Real Life
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.267.1600, celebritytheatre.com, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 5, $40-$65.