James, with his band The West London All Stars, has a one-off pre-Christmas show on Sunday 12 December. It will take place at Pizza Express Live, 99 High Holborn in London. The band features Gene Loves Jezebel’s Peter Bugg Rizzo and their recent stand-in drummer, Smiley, together with Terry Edwards, Patrick Ralla, Elizabeth Westwood and Jennie ‘Belle Star’ Matthias, with a special guest appearance by pianist Harriet Stubbs. Smiley will also be the opening act.
James Stevenson has recently been interviewed by Monty Mendigoria for the ‘It’s All About New Wave’ Facebook video podcast. He talks about his career in the music industry, including not only Gene Loves Jezebel but also The Alarm, Billy Duffy, Holy Holy, his solo work and forthcoming gigs.
James Stevenson’s second solo album, ‘The Other Side Of The World’, is out today and available for streaming and digital download from all usual sources. The CD is available from his website.
The album is getting great reviews and has ‘album of the week’ at Metal Talk. Developing the intimate feel of his debut, ‘Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over’ of 2014, the new album is richer and more confident.
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.
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.
James Stevenson is releasing a 2-CD album showcasing some of the many bands and artists that he has worked with over the past forty years. Entitled 40 Years In The Rock ‘n’ Roll Wilderness, the 32-track album features four Gene Loves Jezebel songs plus a Jay Aston solo. It is available for pre-order now at James’ website for early February release.
Full track-listing is as follows: Urban Kids – Chelsea Trouble Is The Day – Chelsea Barmy London Army – Charlie Harper Andy Warhol (live) – Gen X Baby Sign Here With Me – Henry Badowski Water On Glass – Kim Wilde Tell Him – Annabel Lamb Heat – Hot Club Don’t Worry – The Smart Big Tears – Gary Holton and The Gang Show Desire (Come And Get It) – Gene Loves Jezebel Break The Chain – Gene Loves Jezebel Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky Come Naturally – Gene Loves Jezebel Who Wants To Go To Heaven? – Jay Aston Jealous (acoustic version) – Gene Loves Jezebel 45 RPM – The Alarm Superchannel – The Alarm My Town – The Alarm Move Over – Beki Bondage Sod The War – Chelsea Living In The Urban UK – Chelsea Cosy Family Way – Chelsea Home – Chelsea Open Mind – Glen Matlock And The Philistines Hey Mister – Glen Matlock And The Philistines FBI – The International Swingers Fool’s Holiday – The International Swingers Whatever Works Now – The International Swingers The Width Of A Circle (live) – Holy Holy Suzi’s Problem – James Stevenson Come On People – James Stevenson
The In The Poppy Fields blog have once again interviewed James, where he talks about what he’s up to this year, including the new Gene Loves jezebel album, plus plans for a follow up solo album and his long-awaited book.
James has his 2014 solo album, Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over, now available on vinyl. Until now it has only been available in limited numbers – including to pledgers of the new Gene Loves Jezebel album, Dance Underwater – but is now on general sale via his website.
It is a blue vinyl edition with gatefold sleeve.
Written by James and produced by Peter Walsh, many of the songs feature Peter Rizzo on bass and/or Chris Bell on drums, with Jay co-writing one of the songs. On Go Mister, you will find both Pete and Chris alongside James.
If you are interested in the guitars, amps and effects that James uses in the studio or on the road with various bands then have a read of this new interview with James by Martin McCann on the New Hellfire Club website.