Released today and available for immediate download is TOS2020, Wayne Hussey and The Mission’s remake of their classic Tower of Strength. Dedicated to front-line workers dealing with Covid-19 with all proceeds going to various charities, the song features various friends of the band who were invited to participate. Along with Jay, the song features a host of artists – Andy Rourke, Billy Duffy, Budgie, Evi Vine, Gary Numan, James Alexander Graham, Julianne Regan, Kevin Haskins, Kirk Brandon, Lol Tolhurst, Martin Gore, Michael Ciravolo, Midge Ure, Miles Hunt, Rachel Goswell, Richard Fortus, Robin Finck, Steve Clarke, Tim Palmer, Trentemøller, and also Michael Aston – all independently contributing to the project. There are various mixes of the song available for download, CD or vinyl, along with t-shirts.
With the world experiencing and having to put measures in place to limit the Covid-19 virus, live music is one of the many things affected. The dates supporting the Mission in Portugal and Spain were cancelled midway and other dates have been or are also potentially going to be affected.
The Cruel World festival due to take place in Los Angeles on 2nd May has been rescheduled for 12th September. This is an electric bill featuring Blondie, Bauhaus, Morrissey, Gary Numan amongst many others. See the festival website for all information and social media links.
The New Waves festival due to take place in Oberhausen, Germany on 16th May has been cancelled.
The UK tour, originally late May, has been rescheduled for August. All purchased tickets for the May shows are valid for the new dates.
Due to the ongoing concerns over the Corona virus, the Mission tour of Europe has been cancelled. The dates in Porto were cancelled by the local authority and The Mission had to look seriously at the rest of the schedule, and came to the decision to cancel with a view to rescheduling the shows as soon as the situation allows. The following support dates for Gene Loves Jezebel in Spain will therefore not be going ahead.
Wayne Hussey of the Mission has released a statement (dated 12th March) addressing concerns and refunds of tickets. It reads as follows:
I’m looking out of my hotel window in Lisbon this lunchtime, the sun is shining with not a cloud in the sky and I think to myself, ‘it looks like a beautiful day’ but I feel differently. It’s with great sadness that I’m writing to tell you that, after discussions with the rest of the band, management, agents & promoters, we have made the very difficult decision to end the tour tonight in Lisbon with the remaining dates on our 2020 European tour to be rescheduled.
Over the last week decisions to cancel shows were being made daily by local venues and promoters, governments, and administrations because of the Coronavirus and the subsequent legislations that are being made and changed daily to combat its spread. More shows are undoubtedly due to be cancelled, with the landscape changing daily. To safeguard the well-being of the band, our crew, and our audience, and to abide by local regulations and rules we had to make the unprecedented decision to cut our losses and go home. We will be able to re-schedule this tour for a time in the not so distant future when it will be safe for crowds of people to congregate again. As soon as we have any info regarding rescheduling we’ll let you know. Hold onto to your tickets for the time being until we sort out how we’re going to do it. All tickets will be valid for the re-arranged shows or a refund will be available from the place you purchased the ticket if that is your choice. I also know that there have been a fair few that bought tickets for the shows we have already played but didn’t come because of the Coronavirus fear. We would like to offer a gift to those of you who have stayed away, anyone wishing to send a copy of your unused ticket to email@example.com will be contacted in due course.
Of course we realise that some have gone to great lengths and expense and travelled long distances to support us, and it seems almost patronising to say ‘we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused’ – it doesn’t feel enough to say that. I say it nonetheless and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support. I’m sure Craig, Simon, and Mike join me in that sentiment.
Tonight’s show in Lisbon at Ao Vivo, the 2nd of two nights, is still going ahead and will be the last show of the tour. So let’s try to make it a huge celebration of life, love, and music, and say our farewells until this situation rectifies itself as it surely will at some point. We will miss you. Safe travels, be safe, be vigilant, and, most importantly, treat each other with kindness, respect, and love for humankind.
The band begin several dates in Spain and Portugal tonight, in support of The Mission on part of the latter’s ‘United European Party Tour’. The shows will comprise two dates in each of Valencia, Lisbon, Porto, Madrid and Barcelona.
The band are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a UK tour in May 2020. It comprises nine dates, starting in Newcastle on the 20th, following with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Bristol, Bedford, London (Islington) and finishing at Brighton on the 31st.
Having just completed The Alarm’s Sigma Tour with Gene Loves Jezebel, Jay will be performing solo on a new tour of north America this Fall, starting off in Toronto on 11 October. He is supporting Chameleons Vox and Theatre of Hate.
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.