Joe Jackson announces Edinburgh gig

Hot on the heels of his recent studio album, Fast Forward, Grammy-award winning songwriter Joe Jackson has announced a 2016 European Tour – which comes to Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on February 7.

“There’s only one thing an artist loves more than applause, and that’s applause for a new project,” Jackson confessed after a huge ovation from the crowd at New York’s Town Hall for his latest album. “We’re just whores, basically.”

Fast Forward is the post-punk songsmith’s first collection of original songs in seven years – and his first album since 2012’s Duke Ellington tribute, The Duke. The album was released on October 2 on earMUSIC to a host of rave reviews and has charted all over Europe.

Having been recorded in New York, New Orleans, Amsterdam and Berlin, Jackson, whose biggest hits include Is She Really Going Out With Him and Stepping Out and It’s Different For Girls, will return to the latter during his European tour in Spring 2016.

The tour, which kicks off in Dublin on February 5, is scheduled to end in Berlin, the 61-year-old songwriter/pianist’s second home, over one and a half months later.

Asked what fans can expect from the tour, Jackson says, “Old songs and new songs as usual, really. I’m gonna be doing some songs solo as well, and apart from that, I think it’s good if people don’t entirely know what to expect.

“There are plenty of older songs that I like to play, but I don’t wanna be any more specific because I think it’s nice to have a few surprises,” he adds.

The career-spanning shows will feature Jackson “as my own opening act,” playing a short solo/piano set before bringing out his full band: long time collaborator Graham Maby on bass, Teddy Kumpel (Rickie Lee Jones, Feist) on guitar, and Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest) on drums.

 Jackson is currently touring the US, playing in front of sold out venues.

Tickets are exclusively pre-sold to Joe Jackson’s e-mail subscribers on Tuesday, October 27 at 10am. General ticket sales start on Friday, October 30.