Posted in music | tour dates on March 3, 2008

Killing Joke


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.

13 - (JP) Tokyo, Club Quattro
14 - (JP) Tokyo, Club Quattro
16 - (ES) Madrid, Heineken
17 - (ES) Barcelona, Apollo
19 - (IT) Milan, Rolling Stone
20 - (IT) Milan, Rolling Stone
22 - (CH) Geneva, TBC
24 - (DE) Berlin, Columbia Hall
25 - (DE) Berlin, Columbia Hall
26 - (FR) Paris, Trabendo
27 - (FR) Paris, Trabendo
29 - (BE) Brussels, AB Club
30 - (BE) Brussels, AB Club
02 - (UK) London, The Forum
03 - (UK) London, The Forum
09 - (US) Los Angeles, TBC
11 - (US) New York, TBC

Tickets can be bought from below:
0844 847 2405

"At last a ray of sunlight to illuminate these dark days. It is indeed my deepest pleasure to announce the dates of the 29th anniversary of the gathering. As usual we are never content sitting on the laurels of past Glories, a new Killing Joke recording is scheduled this summer!. Both Geordie and myself are thrilled as we hope you are with the line up, such anticipation comes as no surprise considering we have not played together since the Brighton Top Rank in 1982. We always knew this day would come after all it was inevitable. We hope all gatherers will join us in warmly welcoming back to active service our brothers Big Paul and Youth. The mysterious chemistry of the original line up is back, let their be gladness in your hearts."

Killing Joke's back catalogue is going to be released on limited edition double gatefold 180g virgin DMM vinyl early next year through Let Them Eat Vinyl. For more information and to pre-order them check out this location.

LETV002L Pandemonium 11 02 08
LETV003L Democracy 11 02 08
LETV014L Killing Joke 25 02 08
LETV015L Whats This For? 25 02 08
LETV016L Revelations 03 03 08
LETV017L Fire Dances 03 03 08
LETV018L Night Time 07 04 08
LETV019L Outside The Gate 07 04 08
LETV020L Brighter Than A 1000 Suns 05 05 08

(thx DS)



Comments (12)

this should be amazing....

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 9:55 AM

I wonder what NYC venue they could play. Irving? Interminable 5?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 10:07 AM

This will be nuts. I would love to see this band live

Posted by XunbreakableX | March 3, 2008 10:19 AM

I can't wait for this. Just gave the S/T one a spin 2 weeks ago.....

Posted by BlackBubblegum | March 3, 2008 10:51 AM

One of the best live band I have ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 12:29 PM

pretty tacky to do this only after Raven died

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 5:37 PM

this is sweet. I can't wait!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 6:08 PM

I think they only COULD do it after Raven died. I heard that he owned the name or part of it & never wanted a reunion & threatened action if there was one. I saw them years ago & would def go this time around. Crazy live...crazy

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2008 1:45 AM

If you have never seen Killing Joke live, you are in for a real experience. I have seen them many times with Youth and Big Paul and can attest to their sheer power and presence. They live up to the comment by a journalist that they had the guitar sound that "split the heavy metal atom", and deliver the lyrics with sufficient sincerity that rails against the pervading apathy in modern music (and western culture generally). I hear that on the double dates they will play the whole of Killing Joke/What's this for! on the first night and Pandemonium the second. As a footnote - Jaz Coleman is the "composer in residence" of the EU.

Posted by magnus | April 24, 2008 10:52 AM

Man, I saw KJ perform the Extremities album in it's entirety in Lexington, Ky around '91, what a really rare treat for this area ! Anyway, Tension was the song that turned me on to them...well, I haven't heard a bad song since..Jaz and Co. you are uncomparable !!!!!

Posted by john f. kelly | July 14, 2008 10:27 PM

I saw them last night (4th) at the Forum in London and they were f*cking amazing it was supposed to be Pandemonium plus early singles but it was much more varied than that.

Posted by Clem | October 5, 2008 3:25 PM

When is Killing Joke gonna tour the US in 2009? I live in the San Francisco area and would like to see them perform at one of the local clubs like Red Devils Lounge or DNA Lounge. Please find time to tour the US and California and especially the Bay Area. Thanks

Posted by John Holmes | April 10, 2009 1:00 AM

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