Ere We Go 2… 3… 40
40th Anniversary Tour
In fact… it’s Jilted John’s first ever tour!
03 – 20 October 2018 – Tickets on sale now!
To celebrate Jilted John’s 40th anniversary and relive the summer of 1978 that saw millions chanting “Gordon is a moron!”, the legendary musician/actor comedian Graham Fellows will be travelling the length and breadth of the UK with a full band for Jilted John’s first ever tour – ‘Ere We Go 2… 3… 40 !!’
Tickets are on sale and available NOW!
Wednesday 03 October – Harpenden Halls http://bit.ly/2IP1rvS
Friday 05 October – Liverpool O2 Academy http://bit.ly/2vpeJxg
Saturday 06 October – Cambridge Junction http://bit.ly/2qC9F2Z
Sunday 07 October – Brighton Haunt http://bit.ly/2H7n6mQ
Monday 08 October – London Koko http://bit.ly/2vjlQYf
Thursday 11 October – Frome Cheese & Grain http://bit.ly/2qCXSBM
Friday 12 October – Wolverhampton Slade http://bit.ly/2qC1JQ9
Saturday 13 October – Glasgow King Tuts http://bit.ly/2EZPt0q
Sunday 14 October – Middlesbrough Town Hall http://bit.ly/2HeMjrr
Thursday 18 October – Lincoln Engine Shed http://bit.ly/2HESTIO
Friday 19 October – Sheffield O2 Academy http://bit.ly/2viCw21
Saturday 20 October – Manchester Dancehouse http://bit.ly/2HJ4zuh
‘Ere We Go 2… 3… 40’, will see “The King of Wimp Rock” (NME) perform not only the song voted “Best One Hit Wonder of All Time” by listeners to Steve Lamac’s 6 Music Show in 2015, but also the very best of JJ’s classic 1978 album ‘True Love Stories’. In addition, expect crowd favourites like ‘Mrs Pickering’, the almost legendary anthem ‘Keira Knightly, Eat
Your Dinner!’ and maybe something brand new from the pen of the man once described by Tony Parsons as “a mild-mannered drama sponge”. Well, Jilted John may be mild-mannered, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got attitude. You’d better watch out, especially if you’re called Gordon!
Here’s an interesting fact: Every time Graham Fellows meets someone called Gordon (apparently it happens quite a lot) they don’t punch him on the nose but shake him heartily by the hand as they joke about how “Jilted John” made their life a misery! Does this mean that that Gordons really ARE morons – or just polite and erm.. mild-mannered, like Jilted John?
Who knows? Who cares? It’s enough to know this: that ‘Jilted John’ remains one of the best-loved UK singles of all time, and that this tour is a one-off, a never to be repeated phenomenon.
What makes it even better is that special guest for the entire tour is legendary singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed rock and roll’s greatest failure – John Otway. Hardly a failure – John’s song “Beware of the Flowers Cause I’m Sure They’re Going to Get You Yeah” was voted the seventh greatest lyric of all time in a BBC poll. His hit records include “Bunsen Burner” and of course, the classic punk anthem “Really Free”, a song which Jilted John freely admits was a huge influence on him. “He’s more of a man than I’ll ever be!” confesses Jilted, and he’s over the moon that Otway will be on this tour. And we hope you are too!
So come and celebrate the memory of that hot Summer of 78, when aerosols were first banned (and the neutron bomb!), the first test tube baby was born, and pubs, playgrounds, streets and football terraces rang to the resounding chorus of “Gordon..is..a..mor..ron!!” Come along, and be as exuberant or as mild-mannered as you like!
For more information and Press tickets, please contact Ben Pester at Pester PR on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07968 144 230
The History of Jilted John
Jilted John came in to being while Graham was still a drama student at Manchester Polytechnic. He wrote ‘Jilted John’ during a lunch break at college on a battered acoustic guitar lying around in the canteen. An early demo features him playing an unamplified electric guitar with friend Bernard tapping on a Monopoly box. A slightly better quality demo was played to local punk label Rabid Records who instantly loved it and signed up Fellows to the label. ‘Jilted John’ was recorded again along with B side ‘Going Steady’ by legendary record producer Martin Zero (aka the late Martin Hannett), who had produced the Buzzcocks’ seminal EP, “Spiral Scratch’ and later produced albums for Joy Division, Magazine, John Cooper Clarke, New Order, and the Happy Mondays to name but a few. In April 1978, Rabid released the single and ‘Jilted John’ immediately received several enthusiastic plays on by John Peel on his late night Radio 1 show.
When daytime DJs like Simon Bates started playing it, and Factory boss, Tony Wilson featured it on his Granada TV show, ‘So It Goes’, Rabid knew they had a hit on their hands and leased the track to EMI International which saw the official release of ‘Jilted John’ as the A side (it had hitherto been a double A with ‘Going Steady’). Ten weeks in the top 30 followed with five weeks in the Top 10 (it peaked at number 4) and three performances on Top of the Pops. During the final TOTP recording JJ briefly forgot his words (you’d have thought he’d have learnt them by then!) and the song was cruelly dismissed by Annie Haslam (she of Renaissance “Northern Lights” fame) as “utter rubbish – people like Jilted John shouldn’t be allowed on Top of the Pops”) While this might be true her comments are both cruel and ironic as ‘Northern Lights’ is now on Graham Fellows’s juke box and he cites it as one of his favourite tracks of all time!
In December 78, EMI released the album ‘True Love Stories’ – a concept album which tracks Jilted’s life story and is essentially a musical diary of John’s tragic love life. But no tours followed, no gigs, not even a launch party (Graham Fellows was back at drama school continuing his studies!) so the sales of this cult LP (voted recently the 11th best ever Lost Album by NME) peaked at only a few thousand. Incidentally, prior to the release of the single, Jilted John played just five live shows around Liverpool and Manchester, including a gig in April at Manchester Poly Students Union which featured the stage debut of Morrissey (guesting as vocalist for The Nosebleeds). “I don’t remember Morrissey at all” says JJ. “I was busy in the dressing room trying to do up the zip of my quilted anorak!”
Since then there have just been a scattering of performances including The Big Chill in 2008, Rebellion Festival in 2016 and a one-off show last year at the legendary 100 Club. The rarity of a Jilted John gig has led many to wonder if Fellows ever would tour as the character. But years later, his 60th birthday not too off, and with a respectable body of acting and comedy credits under his belt, the time feels absolutely right. The Jilted John band includes Martyn Barker on drums (Shriekback), and bassist Andy Hobson (ex Pretenders, Dexys Midnight Runners)
About Graham Fellows:
Outside of Jilted John, Graham is best known for his comic creation, John Shuttleworth for which he was nominated for the coveted Perrier Award in 1992 and has toured extensively and created numerous TV and radio series including five series of Sony award winning The Shuttleworths as well as Radio Shuttleworth, Guide To Stardom, Shuttleworth’s Open Mind, and most recently John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music, all for BBC Radio 4. TV credits as Shuttleworth include a Eurovision Special, Europigeon, (BBC 2) Vic and Bob’s Xmas Special (BBC 2), Packin Em In, Saturday Zoo, Later With Jools Holland (all Channel 4), and Count Arthur Strong (BBC 1)
At the 1999 Edinburgh Fringe, Graham introduced a new character – failed rocker and multi-media lecturer, Brian Appleton in Brian Appleton’s History of Rock n Roll. (“An inspired creation. Spinal Tap, watch your back!” The Irish Times.) A radio series based on the show was later broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Graham has also toured as Brian with the pop band Belle & Sebastian and presented a short series for Channel 4 – Elvis Lives. In 2002 a new Brian Appleton show – Let’s Look at Sound, was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Comedy Award. On Christmas Day 2003 he presented Brian Appleton’s Christmas Single and in 2005 a new 6 part series, Brian Appleton’s Unofficial Multimedia Lecture (both for BBC Radio 4)
Another of Graham’s comedy characters, Goole concreter (laserscreening a specialty”), and aspiring after-dinner speaker, Dave Tordoff (“His ignorance is comical bliss”, Evening Standard) has made guest appearances in several Shuttleworth and Appleton tours and made his Edinburgh debut in 2006 in Neighbours From Hull.
As an actor, Graham has starred as Les Charlton in Coronation Street (ITV), Comics (Channel 4), Coogan’s Run (BBC 2), Time Gentlemen Please (Sky), Heartbeat (ITV), and Ideal (BBC 2). He provided all the voices for Aardman’s Bafta Award winning short film Stage Fright. Graham has recorded two children’s drama series for television – Dangerville for ITV and Bad Penny for BBC. Theatre parts include Paul McCartney in Bob Eaton’s musical Lennon (Liverpool Everyman) Geoffrey in A Taste Of Honey (Manchester Royal Exchange), and all the male roles in Jim Cartwright’s play TWO at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster. Graham’s film work includes appearances in Morons From Outer Space, and Cheeky, starring and directed by David Thewlis. More recently, Graham portrayed Eric Sykes in Hattie – the acclaimed biopic drama (BBC)