Original Joe Jackson Band Sets North American Tour
The reunited Joe Jackson Band will venture to North America in the spring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jackson's first album, "Look Sharp" (A&M). Kicking off March 14 in New Orleans, the 1The reunited Joe Jackson Band will venture to North America in the spring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jackson's first album, "Look Sharp" (A&M). Kicking off March 14 in New Orleans, the 18-date run will also come in support of a new, as-yet-untitled new album due March 11 via Restless/Ryko. A slate of European dates is also expected.
Shows in Tempe, Ariz.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Boulder, Colo.; and Pontiac, Mich., are already on sale via Ticketmaster. A Minneapolis show goes on sale Wednesday (Dec. 18), while tickets for a New Orleans stop will be available beginning Jan. 25.
As previously reported, the band -- bassist Graham Maby, guitarist Gary Sanford, drummer Dave Houghton, and Jackson on vocals and piano -- played a handful of warm-up dates in September in England. The group formed in 1978 and recorded and toured until late 1980. Along with "Look Sharp!," the group produced two of Jackson's subsequent classic albums, 1979's "I'm the Man" and 1980's "Beat Crazy," both also released by A&M.
The new 11-track album was recorded in Surrey, England, with Jackson producing. The band also recorded a cover of Todd Rundgren's "Couldn't I Just Tell You" for a Rundgren tribute that's due sometime in 2003, according to the artist's official Web site.
"I knew these guys were good, but they've surpassed all my expectations," Jackson says on the site of the finished album. He says the set is "high-energy, fun, and in the spirit of the first couple of albums, but more mature. I'm a better writer now, and a better singer. But I've still got a 32-inch waist".
Here are the Joe Jackson Band's tour dates:
March 14: New Orleans (House of Blues)
March 15: Austin, Texas (South by Southwest Festival)
March 16: Dallas (Deep Ellum Live)
March 18: Tempe, Ariz. (Bash on Ash)
March 22: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)
March 24: San Francisco (Fillmore)
March 27: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
March 29: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
March 30: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
April 1: Pontiac, Mich. (Clutch Cargo's)
April 2: Toronto (Phoenix Concert Club)
April 4-5: Boston (Paradise Rock Club)
April 7: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
April 8: Philadelphia (Theatre of the Living Arts)
April 11: New York (Irving Plaza)
April 12: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)
April 13: New York (Bowery Ballroom)