John and Wizz interview with Cerys Matthews on BBC Radio 6 Music
Click on pic to listen
"Bruce Springsteen opens Berlin show with an obscure song!"
"Bruce opened the show with a cover of a 1973 song by Wizz Jones called 'When I Leave Berlin' The song is the title track of a 1973 album by Jones, a pioneer British folk musician."
Stan Goldstein - 30th May 2012
Bruce thanks Germany with premiere of
“When I Leave Berlin”
Last night was Bruce and E Street's second biggest show ever in Germany with 55,000 fans in attendance. The biggest, however, was in 1988 and is described in today's article by Erik Kirschbaum:
"Berlin, largely a working class city, has been a special place for Springsteen since his July 1988 concert behind the old Iron Curtain in East Berlin. Watched by 160,000 people, or about 1 percent of then Communist East Germany's population, it was the biggest rock show in East German history, and The Boss boldly spoke out against the 'barriers' keeping East Germans in their portion of the city. Some historians have said the concert fed into a movement gaining moment at the time that contributed to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall 16 months later in November 1989. 'Once in a while you play a place, a show that ends up staying inside of you, living with you for the rest of your life,' he told the crowd on Wednesday after being handed a poster from a fan thanking him for the 1988 concert. 'East Berlin in 1988 was certainly one of them.'"
Hence, the emotional reasons for last night's special premiere performance of the song "When I Leave Berlin" by British folk musician Wizz Jones from his 1973 album of the same name.
Except for that unforgettable 1988 show, which was the band's largest concert ever, this has been Bruce and E Street's best and most inspiring tour of Germany. Bruce ended last night by thanking the great audiences in Frankfurt, Cologne, and Berlin and telling them, "We love you, and we'll be seeing you."
(May 2012 www.brucespringsteen.net)
17th December 2011 A rather "over the top" review of Wizz's live CD "Huldenberg Blues" featured in fRootMagazine can be found here!
2nd March 2010
At last the Wizz Jones T-shirt is here!
From those crazy people at Idolwear
in Nashville Tennessee..
just in time for the festival season.
Seems like it was rather short-lived. T-shirt no longer available!!
12th January 2005
Keith Richards remembers Wizz! In the new paperback edition of "According To The Rolling Stones" Keith talks of his days at art school when he and his jolly chums would cut classes to meet up with Wizz Jones to learn some blues picking from him in - wait for it - the toilets! When we questioned Wizz on this subject he said that he had searched high and low but had been unable to find any notes of chords etc on sheets of bronco toilet paper amongst his treasured artifacts and so concluded that, like his famed travels with Rod Stewart, this must be yet another legend that was untrue.
(Could it simply be that the senile Wizz suffers from loss of LONG - term memory! Ed)
Click on pic below to listen to Johnny Depp reading about Wizz from Keith's biog!
24 August 2004
Wizz's Royalty windfall.... You just never know when you're going to strike it lucky.
Unfortunately, it turns out Wizz will have to wait a little longer for his ship to come in...
We decided to retrieve it from the waste basket and post it up for readers of the Bugle to enjoy. Read it and weep here >
9th May 2004
Eric Clapton name-checks Wizz again...
It seems that Eric still remembers Wizz from the old days, as he reminisces in May's UNCUT magazine:
"We'd meet in pubs, where I was doing my Big Bill Broonzy songs imitating local folk musicians like Wizz Jones."
"Thanks Eric, I remember being told that some of the Yardbirds came to my Sunday afternoon gigs at The Olive Tree in Croydon in 1964!"
3rd May 2004 Website gets dramatic new makeover
Well, we added some more pics to the Time Tunnel anyway. This one features the young Wizz fronting his band "The Wranglers". Note the little white plastic microphone from his Philips tape recorder ingeniously attached with Meccano strips and spindles to a specially adapted music stand. The mike was plugged into the back of an old radio to which the local "wireless repair man" had added a couple more valves to increase the output.
23rd April 2004
Wizz's 65th birthday bash sells out
A sellout crowd of 200 revellers packed themselves into the Half Moon Putney for a night of music, love and big screen irony. We'll be posting images from our Official Photographer Dave Peabody - and some special 'musical' moments...