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.
Jay has four further solo appearances this month. He will be the opening act for Dead Men Walking on dates to celebrate the release, on Friday 5 November, of their new studio album, Freedom – It Ain’t On The Rise.
Dead Men Walking are made up of Kirk Brandon of Theatre of Hate/Spear of Destiny together with Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy of The Ruts, and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers. They perform versions of their own repertoire alongside classic covers and songs from their new album.
In November Jay will be doing two intimate shows at Arnside in the Lake District. They are being put on by Moochin’ About, the purveyors of jazz who have a Jazz & Blues café in the town, and these shows will be held at the Arnside Sailing Club on The Promenade.
On Thursday 18th November the first evening will comprise a Q&A with Jay, hosted by John Robb, and followed by a short set. On Friday 19th, Jay will perform a full set.
These performances will be dedicated to the remembrance of Jo McLaughlin, who sadly died young and suddenly earlier this year.
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.
Gene Loves jezebel have been confirmed for Sinner’s Day festival which will go ahead at the end of October this year. The three day festival takes place at Heusden-Zolder in Belgium and GLJ will play on the main stage on Monday 1st November, taking to the stage at 13:50 for a fifty minute set. Fields of the Nephilim will headline that day, but the festival also comprises The Mission, Gary Numan, The Stranglers, Chameleons and Glen Matlock among many, many others. Find out more and purchase tickets from the Sinner’s Day website.
The 40th Anniversary UK Tour has unfortunately had to be rescheduled, and will now happen in April 2022, finishing at London’s O2 Academy in Islington on Sunday 1st May. Dates have been updated on our shows page.
Jay Aston will be interviewed on the It’s All About New Wave podcast tomorrow, Friday 16th July. The show is hosted in the Philippines by Monty Mendigoria. This weekly podcast on Facebook has featured a range of 80s and New Wave musicians. Watch the show with Jay live at 1pm UK time, 8pm Manila time, or catch up later, via the It’s All About New Wave Facebook page.
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.