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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jay dedicated Any Anxious Colour 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.
Jay has a couple of live performances booked in. The first is this coming Saturday at Nambucca in Holloway Road, London. He will be on stage at 7.45pm for a short acoustic set. Venue details are on the Nambucca website.
On Wednesday 24 September, he will be in New York for a slot at the live venue, Berlin. Get more details about the venue on their Facebook page.