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Joe Jackson05/02/2019


Fool is Now Available at Retail Stores, Online Digital Retailers and All Major Streaming Services

“Blessed as Fool is with a lush, cohesion-aiding production, fans of Jackson’s rockier output would be fools not to check this out.”Entertainment Weekly

“Released nearly 40 years to the day after ‘Look Sharp!’ — his landmark 1979 debut — the songs on Fool are full of momentum, musings on the grinds and pleasures of modern living, and sounds that echo different stages of Jackson’s long career, a master class in never settling in one style for too long.” Associated Press

Joe Jackson Fool cover

New York, NY – Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – On the heels of an electrifying performance of his latest single “Fabulously Absolute” on “The Late Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (Jan. 21, 2019), legendary songwriter Joe Jackson announces today an additional run of 18 concerts in May and June 2019 following his highly anticipated soon to be sold-out North American album release tour in February 2019 (tour dates are listed below). Jackson tours in support of his critically acclaimed new studio album, Fool, which was released by earMUSIC on January 18, 2019. The record, which is the 20th studio album of Jackson’s career, 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 29th, Joe wrapped up his 2018 summer tour at The Egyptian 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 had this to offer:

“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 (David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, etc.)  The band in question was the same group that Jackson has played live with ever since the release of Fast Forward: Teddy Kumpel on guitar, Doug Yowell on drums, and long-time collaborator Graham Maby on bass (Maby was on that first recording session 40 years ago as well). The Fast Forward Tour took on a life of its own and enjoyed several encores over the last three years – with the band ultimately playing 103 shows together during that time span.

Starting February 2019, Jackson and the band will embark on a new world tour, playing shows throughout the US and Europe.

In his own words: “So, here comes a big tour. We want to celebrate the fact that this is happening after 40 years – anything else, would be like sulking in a room by yourself on your own birthday party. Looking for some way to organize a show out of 40 years’ worth of material, I decided to draw on five albums, each representing a decade: Look Sharp (1979) Night And Day (1982) Laughter And Lust (1991) Rain (2008) and Fool (2019). We’ll also throw in a couple of songs from other albums and some new covers. I can’t wait. Let’s party.”

Tickets are now on-sale at Each North American concert ticket includes a digital download of Fool.

Fool is now available as a CD Digipak, 1LP+download and Digital download via earMUSIC, as well as on all major streaming services.


To view two intimate live videos featuring Joe Jackson performing his new songs “Fabulously Absolute” and “Strange Land,” please visit earMUSIC’s official YouTube channel at and A song stream video for “Friend Better” can be found at


1. Big Black Cloud

2. Fabulously Absolute

3. Dave

4. Strange Land

5. Friend Better

6. Fool

7. 32 Kisses

8. Alchemy



May 4 / Southern Theatre / Columbus, OH

May 6 / Pabst Theatre / Milwaukee, WI

May 7 / Michigan Theater / Ann Arbor, MI

May 9 / Place des Arts / Montreal, QC

May 10 / Centrepointe Theatre/ Ottawa

May 12 / Palais Montcalm / Québec

May 14 / State Theatre / Portland, ME

May 15 / Academy of Music / Northampton, MA

May 17 / Palace Theatre / Syracuse, NY

May 18 / State Theatre / New Brunswick, NJ

May 21 / Florida Theatre / Jacksonville, FL

May 22 / The Plaza Live / Orlando, FL

May 24 / Olympia Theater @ Gusman Center/ Miami, FL

May 25 / Tampa Theatre / Tampa, FL

May 28 / Civic Theatre / New Orleans, LA

May 29 / Wortham Center Cullen Theater / Houston, TX

May 31 / Paramount Theatre / Austin, TX

June 1 / Majestic Theater / Dallas, TX


Feb 5 / Bijou Theatre / Knoxville, TN

Feb 7 / Center Stage / Atlanta, GA / SOLDOUT

Feb 9 / Lincoln Theatre / Washington, DC / SOLDOUT

Feb 10 / The National / Richmond, VA / SOLDOUT

Feb 12 / Scottish Rite Auditorium / Collingswood, NJ / SOLDOUT

Feb 13 / Shubert Theatre / Boston, MA / SOLDOUT

Feb 15 / Town Hall / New York, NY / SOLDOUT

Feb 16 / Town Hall / New York, NY / SOLDOUT

Feb 18 / Danforth Music Hall / Toronto, ON / SOLDOUT

Feb 21 / Thalia Hall / Chicago, IL / SOLDOUT

Feb 22 / Thalia Hall / Chicago, IL / SOLDOUT

Feb 24 / Paramount Theatre / Denver, CO

Feb 27 / Aladdin Theater / Portland, OR / SOLDOUT

Feb 28 / Neptune Theatre / Seattle, WA / SOLDOUT

March 2 / The Masonic / San Francisco, CA

March 3 / Crest Theatre / Sacramento, CA / SOLDOUT

March 6 / Balboa Theatre / San Diego, CA / SOLDOUT

March 8 / Orpheum Theatre / Los Angeles, CA

March 9 / Orpheum Theater / Phoenix, AZ

March 16 / De Roma / Antwerp, Belgium

March 17 / De Oosterpoort / Groningen, The Netherlands

March 19 / Auditorium della Conciliazione / Rome, Italy

March 21 / Teatro Auditorium Manzoni / Bologna, Italy

March 22 / Teatro Dal Verme / Milan, Italy

March 23 / Teatro Colosseo / Torino, Italy

March 25 / Kaufleuten / Zurich, Switzerland

March 28 / Admiralspalast / Berlin, Germany

March 29 / Fabrik / Hamburg, Germany / SOLDOUT

March 31 / Liederhalle / Stuttgart, Germany

April 1 / Muffathalle / Munich, Germany

April 3 / Gloria / Cologne, Germany / SOLDOUT

April 4 / Tivolivredenburg / Utrecht / SOLDOUT

April 5 / La Laiterie / Strasbourg , France

April 7 / Paradiso / Amsterdam, The Netherlands / SOLDOUT

April 8 / Paradiso / Amsterdam, The Netherlands / SOLDOUT

April 10  / Muziekcentrum / Enschede, The Netherlands / SOLDOUT

April 11 / Concertgebouw De Vereeniging / Nijmegen, The Netherlands / SOLDOUT

April 14 / Olympia / Paris, France

April 15 / Ancienne Belgique / Brussels, Belgium / SOLDOUT

April 17 / Palladium / London, UK / SOLDOUT

April 18 / O2 Birmingham Institute / Birmingham, UK

April 19 / City Halls / Glasgow, UK

April 21 / O2 Ritz / Manchester, UK

April 23 / Cork Opera House / Cork, Ireland

April 24 / Olympia Theatre / Dublin, Ireland

July 12 / North Sea Jazz Festival / Rotterdam, NL

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