Following the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed Fast Forward, legendary songwriter Joe Jackson has announced the release of his new studio album Fool. 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 Eqyptian Theater in Boise, Idaho – and the following day set up shop at Tonic Room Studios in town.
The album was co-produced by Jackson and producer Pat Dillett and 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. 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. Jackson and his band will embark on a new world tour in February 2019, playing shows throughout the US and Europe.