The Jesus And Mary Chain Return


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Following last year’s  deluxe reissue package, the Jesus and Mary Chain have announced their first shows since 2008. Unfortunately for us Brits they are US only dates so far. Their mysterious and enigmatic spokesman Kevin Smythe describes it as the band “dipping their toes in the water again.” As well as William and Jim Reid the Mary Chain line-up will include ex Lush bassist Phil King and The VPME’s  chum and former member John Moore. Will Bobby Gillespie return on drums? Probably not….

We asked John how long this had been in the offing to which he replied

“It’s taken me by surprise as well VP, When Jim called on Sunday night I thought he was going to tell me someone had died. I love the way he lands things on me. ‘what are you doing come the ides of March.’ we always speak in Shakespearean. If I’d said I was going to creosote the shed he’d have changed the subject. Lucky I didn’t.

Hopefully it’ll be more than four gigs…I’m envisaging a world tour, Rock’n’Roll Phileas Foggs. I always make a point of joining The Jesus And Mary Chain every quarter of a century.”

US dates are as follows and ticket info will be announced via the bands website

03-11 Denton, TX – 35 Denton Festival
03-12 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
03-13 Houston, TX – House of Blues
03-14-18 Austin, TX – SXSW

You can hear Jim, John alongside former bassist Douglas Hart and ex drummer Murray Dalglish chat on our special Mary Chain podcast  HERE.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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