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VIDEO: Damian Lewis Talks About His Move Into Music on Set of Music Box

In Conversation with Geordie Greig

by Roisin O’Connor | The Independent | November 7, 2023

Actor and musician Damian Lewis sat down with editor-in-chief Geordie Greig on the set of ‘Music Box’ to talk about his change in direction from the acting stage to the music stage. Watch video interview here.

Lewis spoke about how a love of making music became more than just a hobby and the feeling of going out on stage to perform his own music felt. Lewis also spoke about the inspiration for his writing, as well as the impact of his wife Helen McCrory’s passing during the songwriting process.

Damian Lewis’ session will be coming in December, meanwhile watch all Music Box sessions here. View photostills in our Gallery here.

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Damian Lewis Plays The Stables in Milton Keynes

UK Tour: Tenth Show

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 6, 2023

Photo by © 𝙼𝚜𝙼𝚎𝚕𝙳𝚘𝚎, Instagram

Damian and his brilliant band played gig number ten of their UK Tour to a sold out show in Wavendon, Milton Keynes at The Stables in the Jim Marshall Auditorium on Monday, November 6, 2023 in support of his debut album Mission Creep. The Stables venue was founded by jazz royalty Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, which Damian thought was a brilliant legacy to have for the show. Fans were keen to share that they spotted Damian’s partner Alison Mosshart in the audience, front row.

We can’t be sure of the set list, but if it’s anything like the other shows on this UK Tour then Damian opened the show with his first single Down on the Bowery, followed by Zaragoza, Hole in My Roof, My Little One, Soho Tango and nine more songs, not including encore songs. He usually plays his new songs Pentonville Prison and Traffic Jam. For encore he usually plays a cover of After Midnight and his other new song She Makin’ Me Change.

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Damian Lewis Speaks to Pulse Magazine Ahead of Milton Keynes Show at The Stables, Wavendon

“It’s a wonderful, brilliant, creative outlet, and something very different”

Sammy Jones | Pulse Magazine | November 6, 2023

Damian Lewis is one of our best loved actors, but his current role sees him stepping out of the screen and onto the musical stage, as he realized a long held dream. As he prepares to visit Milton Keynes, he talks with Pulse’s Sammy Jones about swapping acting for truthful sounds.

The album, Mission Creep, was released to flowing reviews earlier this year. “It’s an album that is real and warm and moody,” I say.  “That’s nice, good…that is what we were hoping it would sound like,” Samian says, “I definitely wanted it to have that quite present feel – that you feel you are in the room with us. We recorded on tape, we didn’t do it digitally, and I think a lot of those takes are actually live takes of me signing with the band on some of those songs.”

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Damian Lewis To Guest Appear on Music Box

Stripped Down Set and Opportunity to Record New Originals

Press Release | The Independent | November 2, 2023

The Independent and Independent TV today announce the ninth series of Music Box. Hosted by music editor Roisin O’Connor, Music Box brings the latest up and comers – along with some of music’s biggest names – into the Music Box studio to play exclusive stripped-down sets.

Music Box is now returning better than ever, with a mix of major names and exciting new talent invited to record two original songs. Guests for this series will include Golden Globe-winning actor and musician Damian Lewis, and Brit Award-winning, Platinum-selling artist Emeli Sande. Other acts to look out for include rising indie band English Teacher, soul artist MEGA, pop-rock group Only the Poets, and rapper/singer Jelani Blackman.

The new season will launch on Monday 6 November, with a new artist session airing each week until January 2024. Damian’s session will air in December. It was filmed at The Independent’s in-house Independent TV studio in Finsbury Square, London. Damian recently sat down with the Independent’s editor-in-chief Geordie Greig on the set of filming his session on Music Box, and you can watch that video interview here. View photostills in our Gallery here.

Viewers will be able to watch it online at the Independent TV hub (independent.tv), on The Independent’s new smart TV app, and on The Independent’s mobile app. The Independent TV app is available globally on a number of smart TV (‘CTV’ – connected TV) platforms: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Sony smart TVs. In the coming weeks, LG, Samsung and Roku will be added.

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Damian Lewis Plays The Haymarket in Basingstoke

UK Tour: Ninth Show

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 1, 2023

Damian and his brilliant band played gig number nine of their UK Tour in Basingstoke at The Haymarket on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 in support of his debut album Mission Creep. We can’t be sure of the set list, but if it’s anything like the other shows on this UK Tour then Damian opened the show with his first single Down on the Bowery, followed by Zaragoza, Hole in My Roof, My Little One, Soho Tango and nine more songs, not including encore songs. He usually plays his new songs Pentonville Prison and Traffic Jam. For encore he usually plays a cover of After Midnight and his other new song She Makin’ Me Change.

His opening act was his current band member, and newly signed to Sunday Best Recordings artist, Kitty Liv – you can find out more about her music here. After the gig Damian met with fans to sign merch and autograph albums. It’s not too late to see Damian and his band play live – get all the information about his remaining tour dates and ticket outlets here. Check out more photos and videos from the Basingstoke gig in our Gallery.

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Damian Lewis Talks Music Before His Basingstoke Show

Jazz and Jazz Influences

by Lola Crossman | Basingstoke Gazette | October 26, 2023

HOLLYWOOD actor and singer-songwriter Damian Lewis has spoken to the Gazette ahead of his show at The Haymarket in November.

Damian Lewis is best known for portraying US Army Major Richard Winters in the Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

Damian has also played notable roles in the TV shows Billions and Homeland, and portrayed actor Steve McQueen in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino.

He released his debut album, Mission Creep, on June 16, with influences of rock and ‘jazz-tinged songs’.

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Bobby Axelrod: A Man and His Music

From the Trader’s Desk

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | October 19, 2023

Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Rainbow, Slayer, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica

In each season of Billions, at least one episode has featured a song and t-shirt of a metal band that are Axe’s favorites. (Even an Axe-less Season 6 featured Mötley Crüe’s “Wild Side“.)

The writers of Billions make purposeful choices with music placement, so we know that these decisions are made to tell a story, shine a light on who the character is, or to set a tone. (Gingersnap and I are still holding out Season 7 will finally be the year of Iron Maiden but it’s getting close to the wire!!)

So, let’s take a look back at a man and his music, and maybe make some predictions!

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As ‘Billions’ Wraps, a Look at the Wealth of Music References and Synchs on the Hit Show

An Exit Interview

by Steve Knopper| Billboard | October 13, 2023

Few TV series show off their creators’ favorite songs and artists as explicitly as Billions, which outfits its characters in Metallica and Slayer T-shirts, makes a point of airing a Bob Dylan song every season, lovingly quotes Bruce Springsteen lyrics and integrates rapper Killer Mike into elaborate storylines. Writer and co-creator Brian Koppelman has a history in the record business, having worked A&R for Elektra in the late ’80s, then as a senior vp for EMI in the ’90s; he and longtime friend and co-creator David Levien unashamedly plug their influences into the show, through synchs, character development and dialogue.

As the show winds down — the 10th episode of the seventh and final season airs Sunday on Showtime — the showrunners discuss their musical choices, and clearing the rights for them, in a call from their New York-area homes.

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Damian Lewis on Sounds of the 70’s With Johnnie Walker

BBC Radio 2

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 8, 2023

Damian was a guest on Sounds of the 70’s with Johnnie Walker on BBC Radio 2 today, October 8, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. BST. Listen to him discuss his music, his debut album Mission Creep and current UK Tour here. Damian’s segment begins approximately at 1:10:16 and will be available for 29 days from today so hurry and take a listen!

Damian told Johnnie Walker that he is loving life on the road, loves jumping in a van with his band – air conditioning or not – and rattling along to the next town. “It’s great fun.”

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Damian Lewis Plays Glasshouse (Sage 2) in Gateshead

UK Tour: Eighth Show

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 7, 2023

Damian and his brilliant band played gig number eight of their UK Tour in Gateshead at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music (formally Sage 2) on Saturday, October 7, 2023 in support of his debut album Mission Creep. Damian opened the show with his first single Down on the Bowery, followed by Zaragoza, Hole in My Roof, My Little One, Soho Tango and nine more songs, not including encore songs! He also played his new songs Pentonville Prison and Traffic Jam. For encore he played a cover of After Midnight and his other new song She Makin’ Me Change.

His opening act was his current band member, and newly signed to Sunday Best Recordings artist, Kitty Liv – you can find out more about her music here. After the gig Damian met with fans to sign merch and autograph albums. It’s not too late to see Damian and his band play live – get all the information about his upcoming tour dates and ticket outlets here. Check out more photos and videos from the Gateshead gig in our Gallery.

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We Get Musical With Damian Lewis

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

by Peter Newman-Mann | NE Online Magazine, Issue #65 | October 3, 2023

Sage 2 in Gateshead now called The Glasshouse, International Centre for Music

It’s been a long and interesting journey for the now 50-something, London born actor/musician, Damian Lewis, both trades in which he now enjoys to the full, having come to him early in life.

Although his acting, as a career, began fully when Damian was in his early 20’s, during the early-mid 1990s, he’s gone on to enjoy roles in film, television and on stage, and with some iconic parts to match.

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Damian Lewis Plays Brudenell Social Club in Leeds

UK Tour: Seventh Show

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 1, 2023

Damian and his brilliant band played gig number seven of their UK Tour to a sold out crowd in Leeds at Brudenell Social Club on Sunday, October 1, 2023 in support of his debut album Mission Creep. Damian opened the show with his first single Down on the Bowery, followed by Zaragoza, Hole in My Roof, My Little One, Soho Tango and nine more songs, not including encore songs! He also played his new songs Pentonville Prison and Traffic Jam. For encore he played a cover of After Midnight and his other new song She Makin’ Me Change.

His opening act was his current band member, and newly signed to Sunday Best Recordings artist, Kitty Liv – you can find out more about her music here. After the gig Damian met with fans to sign merch and autograph albums. It’s not too late to see Damian and his band play live – get all the information about his upcoming tour dates and ticket outlets here. Check out more photos and videos from the Leeds gig in our Gallery.

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