Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel will be taking their 40th Anniversary Tour over to North America this month. After the two dates at Pasadena’s Cruel World Festival, the band will embark on a 30-date tour of the US, with a date in Canada at Toronto.
The dates and ticket links will be available through Bandsintown soon, but the shows will be as per the list sown below.
There are two venue changes on the upcoming UK tour. The Wolverhampton show on Friday 29th April will now take place at NAC (Newhampton Arts Centre), and the London show on Sunday 1st May will now be at Nambucca, on Holloway Road.
Tickets for the original venues will remain valid.
The Mission have unfortunately had to once again postpone the dates for the European leg of their Deja Vu tour, which Gene Loves Jezebel were to support during the shows in Portugal and Spain. The dates have been rescheduled to April 2023 as follows:
Tuesday 25 – Wolf – BARCELONA, Spain Wednesday 26 – Sala Mon – MADRID, Spain Thursday 27 – Lisboa Ao Vivo – LISBON, Portugal Friday 28 – Hard Club – PORTO, Portugal Saturday 29 – Hard Club – PORTO, Portugal Sunday 30 – Republic – VALENCIA, Spain
Jay recounts a plethora of childhood influences, formative experiences and the history revolving around Gene Loves Jezebel in this enlightening new interview with Rob Lane at the ‘Straight To Video’ podcast (click for link). Also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify amongst other outlets.
Straight To Video produce several musical based interview podcasts per month. You may like to check out their episode with James Stevenson (Episode 91, dated 25 May 2021) and the bands recent drummer Smiley (Episode 109, dated 27 July 2021).
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.