James Stevenson second solo album

James Stevenson will release a follow up to Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over on 9th July. The new one is called The Other Side Of The World, a reference to his brother, David, tragically succumbing to Pick’s Disease (a neurological brain disorder) last year.

Assisted by drummer Smiley and guest musicians including Henry Badowski, Terry Edwards, Jessica Lee Morgan, Elizabeth Westwood, Tracie Hunter, Mike Peters, Rana Rains and Harriet Stubbs, the album is produced by Peter Walsh.

It contains 11 tracks, and can be pre-ordered at James’ website here.

Peter Rizzo releases solo album

Pete, under the name Peter ‘Bugg’ Rizzo, has released a collection of solo work, in an album called Songs From The North. It comprises ten tracks, including those he released via YouTube in 2015-16. Pete plays every instrument on this self-produced release, with additional backing vocals from Juliette Risingham and Jay Aston. All proceeds from Bandcamp sales will go to The Rosa Fund charity, which supports women’s organisations.

The album is out now, and you can listen and download it from Pete’s Bandcamp page.

Ugly Buggs release digital album

Ugly Buggs album cover

Ugly Buggs – Jay Aston and Pete Rizzo – have reissued their self-titled album in an extended format. This features the original ten tracks plus the various singles that followed. There are also alternative versions making this a comprehensive nineteen track edition.

Available now, you can download the album or individual tracks, in your choice of digital formats, at the Ugly Buggs Bandcamp page.

The Mission European tour rescheduled for 2022

The Mission have rescheduled their European tour. Originally titled the United European Party Tour, it is now known as the Deja Vu Tour and will see the band resume their dates across Europe and the UK in spring 2022. Gene Loves Jezebel will be the support once again for the dates in Spain and Portugal.

See our shows page for the dates.

Find more information about the tour on the Mission’s site here.

The Mission tour cancelled

The Mission’s tour of Europe has predictably had to be cancelled once again, in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and therefore Gene Loves Jezebel will not be playing support dates in Spain and Portugal in March. The Mission will reschedule their tour in due course, to be retitled the ‘Deja Vu Tour’.

Jay contributes to ReMission International

TOS2020 cover

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.

Find out more and order from The Mission’s website.

Rescheduled live shows

Due to the ongoing ramifications of the Coronavirus, the 40th Anniversary Tour has once again been rescheduled, this time for May–June 2021.

The Mission’s United European Party Tour, with Gene Loves Jezebel again supporting on the Portuguese and Spanish dates, has been rescheduled for March 2021.

The Cruel World 2020 festival, due to take place in Los Angeles on 12th September, has been cancelled.

See the Shows page for all of the new details.

Live dates update

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.