Live Dates

2020
PORTUGAL
25 JanCascais Rock Fest, EstorilTickets
AUSTRALIA
5 FebAstor Theatre, PerthTickets
7 FebForum, MelbourneTickets
8 FebEnmore Theatre, SydneyTickets
9 FebTivoli, BrisbaneTickets
11 FebThe Gov, AdelaideTickets
NEW ZEALAND
13 FebTown Hall, ChristchurchTickets
14 FebOpera House, WellingtonTickets
15 FebTown Hall, AucklandTickets
SWITZERLAND
21 MarRock The Pistes festival, MorginsTickets
BELGIUM
24 MayW Fest, WaregemTickets
IRELAND
29 MayOlympia, DublinTickets
N.IRELAND
30 MayTelegraph Building, BelfastTickets
IRELAND
MaySaltwater festival, Co. MayoTickets
FRANCE
6 JunBocksons festival, ValentigneyTickets
SPAIN
26 Jun4 Ever festival, ValenciaTickets
BELGIUM
8 AugNostalgie Beach festival, MiddelkerkeTickets

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Aural Sculpture limited vinyl release

The next album to receive a deluxe vinyl reissue is Aural Sculpture, the second studio LP from the band’s Epic/Sony period originally released in 1984. The re-release is limited to 1000 numbered copies and sees the original 11 track LP coupled with a bonus 14 track album, entitled Shrouded In Black, which features associated b-sides plus 9 additional live tracks, most of which are previously unreleased. Both albums are pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, the original LP on black and the bonus on stone grey marbled vinyl. They are housed in a wide-spine sleeve featuring an enhanced image of the front cover plus newly designed inner sleeves with lyrics and photos. In addition, the double album includes a 10″ x 10″ art print featuring the Aural Sculpture ear image, all of which are hand-signed by the band. The Aural Sculpture reissue album expected into stock soon and available to order from Townsend Music for early December delivery here

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New merchandise item-Pants!

In stock to buy from Townsend Music now we have men’s boxer shorts and women’s underwear made by Bawbags which both feature artwork from Rattus Norvegicus. Made from quick drying, thermal wicking fabric and available in the full range of sizes. In addition, a proportion of the profits from every pair sold goes to cancer charities. You can order them here: men’s and women’s

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2019 Vive Le Rock annual

The band feature on the front cover of this year’s Vive Le Rock annual which also contains an interview with them.

The annual is available to pre-order now for delivery before Christmas here

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Early gig in France

The sold out gig at the Big Band Cafe in Herouville St Clair, Caen in France on Sunday the 24th is an early show with doors opening at 6pm and there is no support. Don’t be late…

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Portugal gig added

Start the new year in style! The band are confirmed to appear at the Cascais Rock Fest at the Casino in Estoril, Portugal on Saturday 25 January 2020. The venue website can be found here and tickets are on sale here

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Winter Euro tour update

The band’s 13 date European tour in November and December, visiting France, Italy, Holland and Germany, is now less than a month away.  Five of the gigs, Penmarc’h, Herouville, Amsterdam, Worpswede and Hamburg, have already sold out and the remaining gigs are close to capacity.

Sadly, we have been advised that Ruts DC are not appearing as special guests for the complete tour but only selected shows (Paris, Bologna, Turin, Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Berlin). Apologies to anyone inconvenienced by this. See you on the continent…

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Alice Cooper tour completed

The ‘Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back’ tour with Alice Cooper and MC50 came to a climax on Saturday in Cardiff, with both support acts joining Alice onstage for a rendition of the anthem of youth ‘School’s Out’. The tour was a great success, filling out seven arena shows around the UK and Alice didn’t fail to disappoint with his legendary live show! We asked Baz for his thoughts on the gigs:

Continue reading Alice Cooper tour completed

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Australian tour in 2020

We are pleased to confirm that the band are returning to Australia early in 2020. The 5 date tour in February kicks off in Perth on the 5th, then visits Melbourne (7th), Sydney (8th), Brisbane (9th) before finishing up in Adelaide on the 11th.

Tickets will go on fan presale on Thursday 26th at 9am (AEST) which you can sign up for here. Remaining tickets will then go on general sale on Tuesday 1st October at 9am (AEST)

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Flying straight for 40 years-1979 to 2019

Amazingly The Raven was released forty years ago today! The band’s fourth studio album is considered by many to be their best (including some band members!). For the 35th anniversary, we published a detailed article about the album The Raven In Retrospect, read it here. Happy birthday to my friend The Raven

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Laurent Sinclair (5/4/61-1/9/19)

‘My friend Laurent Sinclair has died at the age of fifty eight. He was the keyboard player for the iconic French band Taxi Girl who supported The Stranglers on the 1981 La Folie tour. He was a very talented pianist and, after that band split, I helped him with a few productions, notably a track called “Devant le miroir”. There is even a version for a TV  show featuring Alex Gifford (our saxophonist at the time), me on bass, John Ellis on guitar and it looks like the drummer of the Cure . Can’t remember his name. Check it out on Youtube

When I was asked to present something at the Transmusicales of Rennes in France I came up with the idea to form a band playing sixties material from my childhood, the Purple Helmets. He was the original keyboard player for that band.

He will be buried at the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris which is also the final resting place of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf amongst many other legends’.

Jean-Jacques Burnel 3rd September 2019

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