Balaam and the Angel with Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel on Thursday 27th February 2020
Two of the finest bands of the 80's playing together for the first time
Balaam and the Angel, from Cannock , West Midlands. formed in 1983, Initially the band self-released a series of EP's and an album entitled Sun Family via their own Chapter 22 label and played on three tours with The Cult , culminating in an iconic appearance on the Channel 4 music programme, The Tube. This caught the attention of Virgin Records, who signed them and released their debut album, The Greatest Story Ever Told. It peaked at No. 67 in the UK Albums Chart in August 1986.They toured in the United States with The Mission, Kiss and label mate Iggy Pop.
A second guitarist and the first non-sibling, Ian McKean of Twenty Flight Rockers, was added to the band in 1988. The band began to move away from gothic rock music styles into a sound that had more in common with hard rock. With their new-found style, they recorded the album Live Free or Die. This was soon followed up in similar style when they recorded Days of Madness, before leaving Virgin Records. Their song 'I'll Show You Something Special' appeared on the soundtrack for the film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. During this period they toured the UK with Aerosmith and played many headline tours around the UK with appearances at Reading Festival.
They have been playing selected dates over the past 10 years both their own headline shows and as guests to The Mission and Fields of the Nephilim. They are back and keen to kick start their music career again and recently released their first live album entitled 'That's Not The Real World' on their own label Chapter 22 Records.
Michael Aston, is the founding member, lead singer and leader of Gene Loves Jezebel. Now currently living in Los Angeles , he is back playing in the UK for the first time in years.
Gene Loves Jezebel (GLJ) originally formed in the early 1980s by identical twin brothers Michael and Jay Aston and Ian Hudson. Gene Loves Jezebel's best-known songs include Sweetest Thing'Heartache', 'Desire (Come and Get It)' (1986), 'The Motion of Love' (1987), as well as their broody dark alternative club hits 'Bruises' (1983), 'Shame' 'Influenza (Relapse)' (1984), and 'The Cow' (1985).
Music Genres: 80s, Alternative, Indie, Punk, Rock
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