LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – Finally, after numerous line-up changes through the years, all original Killing Joke members reunite for new album and world tour.
Drummer, Paul Ferguson, rejoins the line up for the first time since 1987 enabling a whole new generation of fans to see Killing Joke's legendary original formation. Diehard fans have been waiting for this moment for two decades!
Bassist, Martin 'Youth' Glover also steps back into the live arena after a near 15 hiatus, having not played live with Killing Joke since 1994's Pandemonium tour.
The tour will see Killing Joke take up a two night residency in most venues offering a different set on each evening. On the first night, they will play their first two albums in their entirety, 1980's self-titled album followed by the album 'what’s this…For!’ Their second performance in each city will treat fans to 1994's Pandemonium and the Island Records singles of'79 to '80.
Once described by Ferguson as 'the sound of the earth vomiting', Killing Joke is anthemic and grandiose in it's evocation of nightmare visions. Taking a sarcastic jab at authority and perceived reality to a sonically charged mixture of post punk and metal, Killing Joke's heavy guitars and pounding tribal drums conjure a primitive atmosphere of doom, gloom and resistance.
Notorious for their use of inflammatory imagery, a backlash against a world they perceived as ever more materialistic, unjust and conservative, Killing Joke railed against the establishment and created a unique sound from their very conception.
Ironically, in the current musical climate with it's obsession with rehashing eighties sounds, the 80's saw Killing Joke really pushing music forward, incorporating danceable elements with aggressive, grinding guitars and thumping drums. With elements of proto-techno rock, their post apocalyptic vision has inspired bands as diverse and influential as Nirvana, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden
and Godflesh. Killing Joke have always been and continue to be more than just a band.
Godfathers of post-punk, Killing Joke return with their eagerly anticipated new album to coincide with their world tour. Album release date TBC, according to the band’s website. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers
September – 13 – (JP) Tokyo, Club Quattro
September -14 – (JP) Tokyo, Club Quattro
September – 16 – (ES) Madrid, Heineken
September – 17 – (ES) Barcelona, Apollo
September – 19 – (IT) Milan, Rolling Stone
September – 20 – (IT) Milan, Rolling Stone
September – 22 – (CH) Geneva, TBC
September – 24 – (DE) Berlin, Columbia Hall
September – 25 – (DE) Berlin, Columbia Hall
September – 26 – (FR) Paris, Trabendo
September – 27 – (FR) Paris, Trabendo
September – 29 – (BE) Brussels, AB Club
September – 30 – (BE) Brussels, AB Club
October – 02 – (UK) London, The Forum
October – 03 – (UK) London, The Forum
October – 09 – (US) Los Angeles, TBC
October – 11 – (US) New York, TBC
–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers