Joe Jackson, Solo (So Low), live in San Francisco, June 4, 2022 (4K)


Joe Jackson plays his song “Solo (So Low)” live in concert at The Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, California on June 4, 2022. Solo (So Low) appeared on Jackson’s album, Rain (2008). Jackson explained the dual title by noting that “it’s about how low you can sink if you spend too much time by yourself.” David Ian “Joe” Jackson is a Grammy-nominated British singer-songwriter from Portsmouth, England. Joining him onstage this night of the Sing You Sinners Tour were Graham Maby (bass and vocals), Teddy Kumpel (guitar and vocals) and Doug Yowell (drums and vocals).

Solo (So Low) lyrics:

Solo – It isn’t a dream
So low – It’s just what it seems
An empty thing
Waiting on somebody who never calls
In the night to something scratching round behind the walls

Solo – With no one to care
So low – The cupboards are bare
So now to dine
On three stale crackers and a fifth of gin
And say you’re fine
Feeling like something that the dog dragged in

Oh one has to laugh
Still safe and warm
With peace of mind
After storms

Solo – You stare into space
So low – Scared to look at your face
Scared to find
Someone in the mirror who you can’t recall
Pale and lined
Talking to himself and saying fuck ’em all

Though one must admit
Chances are few
To try to be
Someone new

Though one gets to play
With no referee
Peace at last

Written by Joe Jackson

Sing You Sinners – North American live tour dates (2022):

May 21 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
May 22 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
May 25-26 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
May 28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
May 29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
June 1 – Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre
June 2 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
June 4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
June 5 – El Cajon, CA @ The Magnolia
June 7 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
June 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center for the Performing Arts
June 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
June 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
June 14 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
June 15 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
June 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
June 18 – Birmingham, AL @ The Lyric Theatre
June 21 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Theatre
June 22 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
June 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
June 25 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall

Joe Jackson official bio:

Joe Jackson was born in 1954 in Burton-on-Trent, England, but grew up in the South Coast naval city of Portsmouth. A skinny, asthmatic kid, he loved books and originally wanted to be a writer. At age 11 though, he joined a school violin class to escape the humiliation of Sports periods in which it was very often him, rather than the ball, which got kicked. Much to his own surprise, he found himself fascinated by music and eagerly studying music theory and history.

A couple of years later, Joe switched to the piano, mainly because of his new ambition: to be a composer. His first efforts were pieces for piano and small groups of instruments. Within a few years though, he was writing songs and leaning more towards the pop world.

At age 18 Joe won a scholarship to study Composition, Piano, and Percussion at London’s Royal Academy of Music. By the time he left, he was the co-leader and songwriter of Arms and Legs, a proto-punk outfit which released two singles before burning out somewhere around 1976.

By 1978 Joe was living in London and hawking an album-length demo, with his own band standing by. That demo—already called Look Sharp—found its way to American producer David Kershenbaum, who was in London as talent scout for A&M Records. Joe was immediately signed and Look Sharp professionally re-recorded in August ’78. The Joe Jackson Band finally started to play regular gigs and the album was released in Jan. 1979.

Joe’s latest album Fool was released in January 2019—exactly 40 years after the release of Look Sharp. A shorter and more focussed album than Fast Forward, with a much more live feel, it was recorded at the end of a tour in Boise, with the band Joe has been working with for the last 3 years: Graham Maby (Bass), Teddy Kumpel (Guitar) and Doug Yowell (Drums). Co-produced by Patrick Dillett, the album was mixed in NY. The band are preparing for a major tour of North America and Europe. Joe Jackson continues to divide his time between Berlin, New York, and Portsmouth.


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