Joe Jackson, due to perform at Portsmouth Guildhall on 27th March 2022 has been postponed, the new date is 5th August 2022.
A statement from Joe Jackson:
I want to apologise personally to anyone who has bought tickets but will no longer get to see us on tour this year. After months of uncertainty, it finally became clear that continuing Covid restrictions (particularly on venue capacity) in certain countries, would make our Spring European Tour un-viable as planned.
I’ve always been a believer in ‘the show must go on’, and making money is not the only, or the most important, reason I go on tour. But we can’t tour at a loss, and the situation did not look like changing soon enough. It was also the preference of some of our promoters that we postpone until after our US tour. Not ideal, since we weren’t likely to be able to re-schedule every show, and the tour would be pushed into August, a bad time to tour in many parts of Europe. But we’ve managed to re-schedule most of it.
I feel terrible that our supporters in Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal won’t get to see us at all. On the other hand, we’ve been able to re-schedule all the UK, Dutch and Belgian shows, three out of four of the French shows, and have even been able to add a couple in Germany. I’d like to thank my manager David Whitehead and booking agent Mike Dewdney for working so hard to make the best of a difficult situation.
The places we’ve had to miss out this time, will be at the top of the list next time around. Thanks and keep supporting live music!
Existing ticket purchases will be valid for the rescheduled shows. Refunds will be given for the cancelled shows or any shows ticket holders are now not able to attend.
Joe Jackson is launching a new tour with the same band as his last, the successful Four Decade Tour of 2019, and his last album Fool: Graham Maby (Bass, Vocals), Teddy Kumpel (Guitar, Vocals) and Doug Yowell (Drums, Vocals, Electronics).
The show will feature both the full band and a ‘mini-set’ of Joe solo. The songs will be drawn from Joe’s whole career, including some that haven’t been heard live in many years. Watch out also for some surprises, including some completely new material.
The tour will take the band to some cities Joe has never been played (Saarbrücken, Valencia) or hasn’t played for a long time (Bordeaux, Lisbon, Oporto) as well as seven shows in the UK and new venues in Berlin, Paris and other cities.
“We’ve been dealing with two viruses over the past two years, and the worst – the one we really need to put behind us – is Fear. Love is the opposite of fear, so if you love live music, come out and support it!’
Musician and singer-songwriter, Joe Jackson, grew up in Portsmouth and is honoured on the Guildhall’s Wall of Fame.
He scored a hit with his first release in 1979, “Is she Really Going Out With Him?”, which was followed by a number of new wave singles before he moved to more jazz-inflected pop music and had a Top 10 hit in 1982 with “Stepping Out”. Jackson, who is associated with the second British Invasion of the US in the 1980s has also composed classical music.
In a fascinating career spanning over 40 years, Joe Jackson has recorded 20 studio albums and received five Grammy Award nominations.
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