British Punk royalty The Damned have announced their 11th studio album will be released via Search & Destroy to coincide with their upcoming 2018 Evil Spirits UK Tour.
The album is their first in a decade, and is produced by Tony Visconti, who has previously collaborated with David Bowie, T.Rex, Iggy Pop and Thin Lizzy. Speaking of the upcoming release, the band said that they “want to do the unexpected”, which sees the return of bassist Paul Gray to the line up. The Evil Spirits Tour takes place 26 January – 17 February 2018 and is set to electrify fans across the nation.
Formed in 1976, The Damned were the first British punk band to commercially release both a single and an album, as well as take their music Stateside, with their first US voyage taking place in 1977. They are the originators of the goth punk movement and have inspired a countless number of bands that have gone on to see huge global success.
Rock’n’roll icon Slim Jim Phantom will be joining the band on the road in support. The Brooklyn-born rockabilly legend is renowned for his expertise as the drummer of the Stray Cats, spearheading the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. He has also worked with some of the world’s greatest artists, most notably Phantom, Rocker and Slick. With his sound, style and image that remain as fresh today as ever, Slim Jim Phantom will excite and inspire audiences on the Evil Spirits UK Tour.
The Damned UK tour dates for 2018 are as follows:
26 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
27 – Dundee, Caird Hall
28 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
30 – Leeds, O2 Academy
31 – Manchester, Academy
01 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
03 – Leicester, O2 Academy
04 – Nottingham, Rock City
06 – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
07 – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
09 – Cardiff, Great Hall
10 – Bristol, O2 Academy
11 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
14 – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
16 – London, KOKO
17 – London, O2 Forum
Tickets are on sale now from www.aegpresents.co.uk.