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Joe Jackson Lines Up Spring UK And Ireland Dates For Four Decade Tour, Announces New Album 'Fool'

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 Written by Jon Stickler

Joe Jackson has announced his Four Decade world tour, celebrating 40 years as a recording artist.

The eclectic British composer and musician will mark the milestone in the UK and Ireland with shows at the London Palladium, Birmingham's O2 Insitute, Glasgow's City Halls, Manchester's O2 Ritz, Cork Opera House and Dublin's Olympia Theatre in April. Tickets are available from 10am on October 12.

The tour, which will also visit the US and Europe, will find Grammy winning Jackson celebrating material from across his four-decade career, featuring songs from 1979's 'Look Sharp', 1982's 'Night And Day', 1991's 'Laughter And Lust', 2008's 'Rain' and his upcoming 20th studio full length, 'Fool', which is set to arrive on January 18 via earMusic. Plus a couple of songs from other albums and some new covers.

The new record was the fulfilment of a career-long dream: to finish a tour and head straight into the studio with the band firing on all cylinders. So, on July 29, Jackson wrapped up his 2018 summer tour at the Eqyptian Theater in Boise, Idaho and the following day set up shop at Tonic Room Studios in town. When asked to reflect on the recording, Jackson said:

"When it looked like I'd be recording in late July and mixing around my birthday, in August, it struck me that the only other occasion that had happened was while making my first album. It still took a while for it to sink in: this would be 40 years on… The road to this album is littered with the wrecks of songs and half-songs that didn't make the grade. There are eight survivors, which I think is enough. How significant the resurgence of vinyl is, I'm not sure, but I did think of this as an album, with two complementary sides of about 20 minutes each…

"I never have an overall theme in mind when I start trying to write songs for an album, but sometimes one will develop. In this case it's Comedy and Tragedy, and the way they're intertwined in all our lives. The songs are about fear and anger and alienation and loss, but also about the things that still make life worth living: friendship, laughter, and music, or art, itself. I couldn't have done this in 1979. I just hadn't lived enough."

The album was co-produced by Jackson and producer Pat Dillett, while the band in question was the same group that Jackson has played live with ever since the release of 'Fast Forward'. Head below to watch Jackson and band performing a new song, Fabulously Absolute.

Joe Jackson Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Wed April 17 2019 - LONDON Palladium
Thu April 18 2019 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Fri April 19 2019 - GLASGOW City Halls
Sun April 21 2019 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Tue April 23 2019 - CORK Opera House
Wed April 24 2019 - DUBLIN Olympia Theatre

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