It’s amazing how some artists stay with you over the course of your life. In the days before iPads and things and 24 hour children’s programmes, as children we used to end up sometimes doing quiet things, like reading and drawing – on paper, with pencils and everything. In the kitchen my mother would have the radio on, and so I discovered music – hit me with your rhythm stick by Ian Dury, and Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, and ‘It’s different for girls’ by Joe Jackson, which came out when I was nine.

That wasn’t the end of it though, as at various points in my life (including the last half an hour or so where instead of writing, I’ve been falling in love all over again with) I’ve had a think for Stepping Out, Is She Really Going Out With Him and many more.

For his part, Jackson’s never really stopped either. He’s on a U.S. Tour right now and released his first album of original songs, Fast Forward, last month on earMUSIC Records.

He’s announced tour dates all over Europe kicking off in Dublin on February 5th, 2016 and ending in Jacksons second home of Berlin some six weeks later. He’s opening for himself in the concerts – just him and a piano, before introducing his touring 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, for the main part of the show.

The tickets are already on general sale right now, so grab yourself one quick.

FAST FORWARD TOUR 2016

Feb 5th, 2016 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (IRE)
Feb 7th, 2016 – The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh (UK)
Feb 9th, 2016 – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth (UK)
Feb 11th, 2016 – O2 Institute Birmingham, Birmingham (UK)
Feb 13th, 2016 – London Palladium, London (UK)
Feb 15th, 2016 – Lichtburg, Essen (GER)
Feb 16th, 2016 – Volkshaus, Zurich (CH)
Feb 18th, 2016 – Olympia, Paris (FR)
Feb 23rd, 2016 – Theatre Sebastopol, Lille (FR)
Feb 29th, 2016 – Le Transbordeur Club, Lyon (FR)

March 1st, 2016 – Alte Oper, Franfurt (GER)
March 2nd, 2016 – Muffathalle, Munich (GER)
March 4th, 2016 – Teatro Del Corso, Venice (IT)
March 5th, 2016 – Teatro Auditorium Manzoni, Bologna (IT)
March 7th, 2016 – Teatro Brancaccio, Rome (IT)
March 8th, 2016 – Teatro Dal Verme, Milan (IT)
March 10th, 2016 – Le Silo, Marseille (FR)
March 15th, 2016 – Fabrik, Hamburg (GER)
March 16th, 2016 – UDK Konzertsaal, Berlin (GER)

Tickets are exclusively pre-sold to Joe Jackson’s e-mail subscribers on Tuesday, October 27th at 10am GMT. General ticket sales start on Friday, October 30th, at 9am GMT.