After releasing a Record Store Day single in 2018, Matt Johnson's The The are officially back and are embarking on the "Comeback Special" tour this year -- the group's first tour in 16 years -- playing dates in the UK and Ireland this summer, and then hitting North America this fall which will be their first in 18 years. Only a few dates have been announced on this side of the Atlantic, but they include two NYC shows: Brooklyn Steel on September 16 and Beacon Theatre on September 17. Tickets for Brooklyn Steel and Beacon Theatre go on sale Friday, April 6 at noon.

As to who will be in the band for these dates, Johnson says, "All I can say for now is that I have chosen one musician from each of the three band line-ups from my three world tours. Plus, there will be one new face." Let's hope Johnny Marr is one of them. Matt Johnson also says a new LP is in the works. "Yes, I'm feeling inspired and have already started writing it. I'm hoping to begin recording sessions later this year but this all depends on our touring schedule."

Other North American dates on the "Comeback Special" include Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, the Detroit area, and San Francisco. All tour dates are listed below.

The The - 2018 Tour Dates
25th & 26th MAY 2018 Rescue Rooms Nottingham
27th MAY 2018 Becketts Students Union Leeds
31st MAY – 2nd JUNE 2018 Heartland Festival, Egeskov Castle, Denmark
2nd JUNE 2018 Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm
5th JUNE 2018 Royal Albert Hall, London
6th JUNE 2018 Brixton Academy, London
7th JUNE 2018 Troxy, London
6th JULY 2018 Mandela Hall, Belfast
7th JULY 2018 Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
3rd SEPT 2018 University Students Union, Newcastle
4th SEPT 2018 Barrowlands, Glasgow
5th SEPT 2018 Concert Hall, Glasgow
7th SEPT 2018 Digbeth Arena, Birmingham
8th SEPT 2018 Festival No.6 Portmeirion, Wales
9th SEPT 2018 St Philips Gate, Bristol
14th SEPT 2018 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
16th SEPT 2018 Brooklyn Steel, NYC
17th SEPT 2018 Beacon Theatre, NYC
19th SEPT 2018 Sony Centre, Toronto, ON
21st SEPT 2018 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
22nd SEPT 2018 Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
24th SEPT 2018 Ford Theatre, Los Angeles
27th SEPT 2018 The Masonic, San Francisco