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Gene Loves Jezebel Featuring Jay Aston 

Thursday, February 21, at the Beachland Ballroom.


When you go to a Gene Loves Jezebel concert, you should first know which Gene Loves Jezebel you'll be seeing. On the West Coast, it's a darker band led by Michael Aston, one of the twins who founded the Welsh group in 1980. Michael gave GLJ its goth undertones and now lives in Los Angeles. Farther east — and, more to the point, in Cleveland — Jay Aston fronts a lineup that includes some of the guys who were in GLJ during the late '80s. Inspired by David Bowie, Jay was responsible for the group's new-romantic aesthetic. The band's semi-mainstream success didn't sit well with Michael, who split in 1989. Jay and the rest of the group continued as Gene Loves Jezebel; so did Michael, with a bunch of other musicians. Jay is now on tour with his version of the band, playing old-school modern-rock classics like "Motion of Love," "Desire," and "Jealous."

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