news archive- April 2011
26 April 2011
Bergen stage times
The stage times for the band's appearance at the Oled Bull Scene in Bergen, Norway on Friday 29th have now been confirmed. The venue doors open at 1830 and the band are expected on stage at 1930 for a planned 75 minute set. Times may vary slightly on the day.
In the pipeline...
Coming up in May is the next in the series of album memorabilia features which focuses on September 1977's No More Heroes.
In addition, following on from Colin's recent Black and Blue tour diary, Phil Coxon marks 30 years since The Meninblack tour in February/March 1981 and details his travels around Britain that Spring...
15 April 2011
Baz Warne interview
Following completion of both the UK and Low Countries tours, we used the brief respite in band activities for a quick Q&A session with Baz about events so far this year.
Topics covered include setlist selection, Wilko Johnson, working on new material and the issues caused by a shower door!
6 April 2011
Convention sell out!
November's convention weekend in London has now completely sold out in a little over a month! The full ticket allocation of 800 has all gone and it is highly unlikely that any extra tickets will become available. Although the Camden Centre quotes a capacity of 900, working personnel, security plus five bands and their crews will bring the event up to full capacity. Apologies to anyone who missed out on a ticket...
The band and their management are extremely pleased with the response to the event. It should be an amazing weekend!
5 April 2011
Additional UK Summer gig
An extra gig in the North of England has been added to the band's summer itinerary. Sandwiched between festival appearances at Wizard and Solfest, the band are now also playing at 53 Degress in Preston on Saturday 27th of August. Tickets are on sale now here or by phone on 0871-2301101.
3 April 2011
Belgium/Holland acoustic details
The band are shortly off to the Low Countries for a six-date acoustic mini tour. They will be joined on stage for these shows by percussionist Neil Sparkes (shown right). Further details on Neil can be found here or here.
Stage times are 2130 for Zwolle and both Lessines gigs, 2100 for Zaandam and 2145 for Turnhout. At present, the stage time for Heerlen is unconfirmed but is expected to be earlier than the other gigs as doors open at 1830. All times are local and may be subject to change.
The band undertook a similar 'unplugged' tour in late 2007 and the Brugge gig was recorded and released on the CD The Meninblack In Brugge which is available from Mamstore here.
Neil Sparkes photo by Portia Wilson
Updated 1 April 2011
Not so nice in Nice
Seven days in Nice, Jet's new book about the Nice affair in the summer of 1980, has now arrived from the printers. Apologies to all who were hoping to get their hands on the book during the tour. We
are sorry we were unable to fulfil our planned earlier delivery.
At last, we now have stocks delivered and ready for despatch. It is now available to buy from Mamstore.To secure your copy, please click here.
We caught up with the author immediately before the March tour to interview him briefly about those legendary events.
1 April 2011
Ava Rave- guest ratter
Roving reporter Ava Rave went out and about on the Black and Blue tour to see if she could track down any unusual characters or strange events at the gigs.