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.
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.
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 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.
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’.
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.