With just over half of the US tour now completed, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, together with Modern English and headliners, The Alarm, plus entourages, are thoroughly enjoying the coast to coast adventure and playing to such welcoming audiences. The humour and bonhomie of the bands has made a long tour fun – a far cry from the them and us of the three-band tour of the US of 1987, with New Order and Echo & the Bunnymen – and they have looked forward to meeting and playing to fans old and new on every date.
Not only is there still chance to see these three entertaining bands live on the same billing (with James Stevenson playing in two of them!), but remaining dates also have special meet and greet passes available. These are pre-show opportunities to chat with Jay, Pete, James and Joel, get things signed, take photos and hear a personal performance or two before they take to the stage for their set. These by necessity have limited availability, but with the inclusion of entry to the venue it also guarantees no hold ups in the queue, as the first band on can be very prompt sometimes. It’s a great chance to celebrate what is a very enjoyable tour with bands of such an ongoing heritage.
James has recently given an interview with MetalTalk, where he talks about aspirations for a new album with Gene Loves Jezebel plus a new solo album, as well as live work with his bands Holy Holy, International Swingers, Chelsea and The Cult etc.
Jay has once again collaborated with Jean-Marc Lederman – previously appearing on Lederman’s album The Last Broadcast On Earth in 2015 – this time reciting the Dylan Thomas poem, I Fellowed Sleep, for the new Jean-Marc Lederman Experience album, 13 Ghost Stories. Also appearing on the album is Julianne Regan reading her story, Triskaidekaphobia. Please note that both Jay and Julianne’s contributions are only available on the 23-track Deluxe Edition. 13 Ghost Stories is available from 1st March.
The band, performing as Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, are set to tour the US again this year. Spanning six weeks, the dates will see them perform alongside The Alarm and Modern English. We will bring you dates and ticket details as soon as all is confirmed.
The Alarm also features James Stevenson in their lineup. Still going strong, they released the acclaimed album Equals last year, and a further album, Sigma, will be released in June.
Modern English, who had the hit I Melt With You, are another long-lived band born in the post-punk era.
Gene Loves Jezebel’s first UK tour for over ten years begins tonight with an appearance at Night People in Manchester, having been switched from the original venue of The Factory. Support for tonight’s show will be from the goth rock band, 1919.
After a successful tour of the US late last year, this will give UK fans a chance to experience the band playing their standards from the past alongside a new selection from the latest album, Dance Underwater.
This series of six dates has its finale in London, at the O2 Academy, Islington, on Saturday 19th. Then on Saturday 26th January, the band will be appearing at the Cascais Rock Festival in Estoril, Portugal.
Tickets, with the list of dates, are available through our Shows page.
Jay was interviewed by Janice Long on her 9th January BBC Radio Wales show. The veteran UK radio disc-jockey – ex-BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music and now Radio Wales – had a short chat with Jay and played four Gene Loves Jezebel songs.
Gene loves jezebel will embark on a tour of the UK from the 11th to 19th January 2019. Similarly to the recent US shows, Joel Patterson will be on drums. On 26th January, the band play at the Cascais Rock Festival at Estoril, just outside Lisbon, in Portugal. Find out more about this festival at the Festival’s official Facebook page.
Tickets for all these events can be purchased through BandsInTown (see below).
Jay played an acoustic support slot to Balaam and the Angel at London’s Islington Academy last night, Saturday 3rd November. Thirty minutes of Gene Loves Jezebel songs with a couple of new ones added to the mix.
Here is Any Anxious Colour, filmed by Pete Cole, which Jay dedicated to the recent sad and untimely loss of long-time GLJ fan, Simon ‘Pooh’ Burgess.
Other artists on the bill were 1919, The Last Cry and Siberia.