Jake Clemons returns to Belfast’s Empire Music Hall in support of his newly released album Fear & Love on 11 May.
Announcing his Irish dates from Australia where he is currently on tour with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist comments: “I am stoked to be returning to Ireland to perform the new songs from Fear & Love , plus favourites from my previous releases for everyone in the beautiful country of Ireland.”
2017 has been a big year for Jake with the release of Fear & Love in January with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, E Street Radio, Rolling Stone Radio, Howard Stern Wrap Up Show and more. Plus the song All Undone was just named the “Coolest Song In The World” on Little Steven’s Underground Garage a few weeks ago.
Fear & Love was produced by Jake Clemons and Ryan Swinehart (Last Bison) and engineered by L Stu Young (Prince) and Geoff Sanoff (Darlene Love, Bruce Springsteen.). The album was recorded at A Room With No VU –Empire Studios in Belleville Ontario, Steve Van Zandt’s Renegade Studio in New York City, Sick Island Studios, Nashville and mixed at House of Blues Studio “D” in Nashville. Fear & Love features the musician offering a bewitching hint of how much he has to say as an artist and how eloquently he says it.
Creating his band in 2010, Clemons has divided his time amongst touring the world with his own music (performing at venues and legendary ‘Living Room’ shows across the globe) and spending the last five years as the tenor and baritone saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band (stepping in for his Uncle, the late great Clarence Clemons.)
Reflecting on the album Jake says: “Fear & Love is a journey that forges through loss & hardship and attempts to reconcile those challenges until finding its way to the freedom of being vulnerable and honest, mostly with yourself”
Clemons explores a range of emotions through the eleven song CD, beginning with a cacophony of hurricane warnings and culminating into an exhilarating collision of restlessness and romance. Singing, playing guitar and a multitude of other instruments (including the muscular tenor saxophone heard in the songs “Undone,” “Just Stay” and “A Little Bit Sweet,”) Fear & Love is the newest chapter in Clemons’ musical journey.
Reflecting on his new release, Jake states: “The idea of having a theme and a concept for each record is due to a conversation that I had with Bruce.” “Fear & Love is more introspective than his previous releases. This album reflects the ‘right now” that you feel inside as opposed to the ‘right now’ that is external.” Jake was last in Ireland in 2016 with the E Street Band - River Tour but this will be the first time he is back with his band in Ireland since the fall of 2014.