Iconic former Transvision Vamp singer Wendy James has postponed her forthcoming UK tour due to the coronavirus emergency.
But the launch of her new album, Queen High Straight, will go ahead on May 1, as planned, and she has shared the first taste of her new material, the double A-side single, Perilous Beauty/Chicken Street.
In a statement she said: “By doing simple math, it was easy for me to see that in one month’s time, when I’d be due to begin rehearsals in April in London, it was just not going to happen, nor an all-clear of Covid-19 by 5th May, when my tour was scheduled to begin.
“So, making a calculation as best as possible, I’ve postponed all the dates until September 2020. All the ticket links are still valid and working. All the VIP are still valid and welcome!”
The new record is Wendy’s fifth solo album, and looking for the upside she said: “Queen High Straight will have been with you all through the summer months and I expect you to all be able to sing every lyric along with me in September! A successful record could make these gigs very electric!”
Queen High Straight is available to pre-order at https://thewendyjames.com/store, which is the main place to find music, art, T-shirts, and all things Wendy.
The London-born singer exploded onto the UK music scene in 1988 as the frontwoman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp.
When they disbanded she went on to collaborate with Elvis Costello, James Williamson (Iggy & The Stooges), Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group) and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), who joins her on drums and percussions for the new record.
Also joining her on this album are James Sedwards (lead guitar), Harry Bohay (bass), Alex J. Ward and Terry Edwards (horn section) and Louis Vause (accordion).
Her previous album,The Price Of The Ticket, charted in the UK at No.14.
Wendy said of the new record: “Overall, my taste and style have not changed with time. The music that excites me now, ultimately, is the same as when I was starting out songwriting and back through my days in Transvision Vamp.
“I continue to marvel at Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, I continue to be blown away by The Stooges, I continue to be everlastingly enthralled by Bob Dylan, but of course, the older one gets the more one discovers and I am now informed more cohesively and fully by all the music, new and old, which settles into my consciousness.
“My track listings are never altered from the order in which I write the songs, maybe it’s because it’s too tangential for me to try to shuffle songs around but really I think, in some kind of holistic way, the order in which the songs are written must surely be the very most natural order for them to be listed in.”
Wendy, who divides her time between New York City, Paris, South France and London, toured the UK with her band last year, opening for The Psychedelic Furs.
Her rescheduled 2020 tour dates are as follows:
3rd Sept – Bristol Fleece
4th Sept – Swansea Cinema & Co
5th Sept – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
6th Sept – Brighton Concorde 2
9th Sept – Cambridge Junction
10th Sept – Birmingham Institute 3
11th Sept – Stoke Sugarmill
12th Sept – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
15th Sept – Nottingham Bodega
16th Sept – Manchester Deaf Institute
17th Sept – Leeds Brudenell
18th Sept – Blackpool Waterloo Music Bar
19th Sept – Newcastle Cluny
21st Sept – Guildford Boileroom
22nd Sept – Tunbridge Wells Forum
23rd Sept – London Islington 02
26th Sept – Glasgow King Tuts
27th Sept – Edinburgh Bannermans
29th Sept – Norwich Arts Centre
Tickets are available from https://thewendyjames.com/live/