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[tweetmeme]John Lydon’s reactivated Public Image Ltd. will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with tours of the U.K., Europe and Japan, along with the release of a new documentary and a career-spanning box that are both titled “The Public Image Is Rotten,” the band announced today.

PiL today unveiled initial spring and summer tour dates for the U.K. and Europe (see below), and said a “very special London date” is still to be announced, along with a tour of Japan and further dates in the U.K. and Europe. There was no mention of any plans to tour North America.

Tickets begin going on sale Friday; see PiL’s website for pre-sale and on-sale details.

The band also announced plans for a theatrical release later this year of the Tabbert Filler-directed documentary “The Public Image Is Rotten,” which has screened at a few film festivals already. Plus, there’ll be a new career-spanning box set of the same name, though no details of what that’ll contain. PiL has released two new studio albums since its last career-spanning set, Plastic Box.

Since reuniting in 2009, PiL has featured Lydon and late-’80s members Lu Edmonds (ex-Damned guitarist) and Bruce Smith (onetime drummer for The Slits and The Pop Group), as well as bassist Scott Firth.

See the band’s initial 2018 tour dates below.

Public Image Ltd. tour dates:

UNITED KINGDOM
May 30: O2 Academy, Bristol, England
June 1: O2 Academy, Bournemouth, England
June 2: Camden Rocks Festival, London, England
June 4: The Copper Rooms, Coventry, England
June 6: The Waterfront, Norwich, England
June 12: O2 Academy, Newcastle, England
June 13: O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
June 15: O2 Academy, Sheffield, England
June 16: O2 Ritz, Manchester, England
June 18: Asylum – Hull University, Hull, England
June 21: The Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales
June 23: Lemon Grove, Exeter, England
June 24: William Aston Hall, Wrexham, England
June 26: Sub 89, Reading, England
June 27: Cheese Grain, Frome, Somerset, England
June 29: Rock City, Nottingham, England
June 30: Engine Rooms, Southampton, England
Aug. 5: Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, England
Aug. 19: Hardwick Live Festival, Hardwick, England
Aug. 25: Bangor Marina, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Aug. 28: The Ironworks, Inverness, Scotland
Aug. 29: The Assembly, Aberdeen, Scotland
Aug. 31: The Church, Dundee, Scotland

EUROPE
June 8: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
June 9: Retropop Festival, Emmen, Netherlands
June 10: Paard van Trojoe, Den Haag, Netherlands
July 13: Lucerna, Prague, Czech Republic
July 15: Jarocin Festival, Jarocin, Poland
Aug. 26: The Tivoli, Dublin, Ireland

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[tweetmeme]Following last year’s stripped-down acoustic tour, cult-favorite Scottish indie-pop outfit Trashcan Sinatras are planning to return North America — among other locales — and have hinted to fans they’ll be performing their 1990 debut album Cake along the way.

The band posted the album’s cover art on Facebook yesterday, writing, “Tour announcements are coming very soon — North America first, where you’ll be able to get your fill of Cake.”

Last year, the band toured the U.S. in a trio format — singer/guitarist Frank Reader, lead guitarist Paul Livingston and rhythm guitarist John Douglas — to celebrate its 30th anniversary with an acoustic tour dubbed “All Night with the Trashcan Sinatras.”

It’s not yet clear what lineup will be participating in this year’s touring.

We’ll update as more information becomes available.

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[tweetmeme]Marc Almond today announced he’s reuniting with Dave Ball for the first time in 15 years to commemorate Soft Cell’s 40th anniversary with one final farewell concert — dubbed, naturally, “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” — at London’s O2 Arena on Sept. 30.

Also in the works: A new Soft Cell box set via Universal Music and “maybe a couple new songs as well,” Almond told BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans this morning (hear the whole segment below).

The synthpop outfit released three albums — including the classic 1981 debut Non-Stop Erotic Cafe — during its original run from 1977 to 1984, then reunited in 2001 to tour and record a new album, Cruelty Without Beauty, which was released the following year. The band dissolved again after touring into 2003.

Tickets for the O2 Arena gig, promised to be a one-off, will be available via a fan pres-ale beginning Thursday with general sales beginning Friday. Watch Soft Cell’s website for details.

Listen to Almond’s interview on BBC Radio 2 below.

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[tweetmeme]Reactivated 2 Tone ska legends The Specials will return to the U.S. this summer for at least three concerts in California. According to its Facebook page, the band will perform in Oakland, Pomona and San Diego in late June. It’s not known yet whether more shows are in the offing.

The Specials last toured North America in the summer of 2017, with a 12-date run of concerts that included shows in Canada and both the east and west coasts of the U.S.

The band most recently featured three original members members — singer Terry Hall, bassist Horace Panter and guitarist/vocalist Lynval Golding — with Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Steve Craddock and drummer Gary Powell of The Libertines filling out the lineup.

See full dates below.

The Specials tour dates:

June 21: Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
June 22: Fox Theater, Pomona, CA
June 24: House of Blues, San Diego, CA

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[tweetmeme]Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted.

David Bowie

RELEASE: Low, Heroes, Stage, Lodger, Scary Monsters
BACKSTORY: The five classic albums that were compiled in newly remastered form on the late Thin White Duke’s A New Career in Town box set last year receive individual releases this week on CD and vinyl.
BUY: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

Felt

RELEASE: Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty, The Splendour of Fear, The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories, Ignite the Seven Canons, The Seventeenth Century
BACKSTORY: Felt’s first five albums are reissued on CD, vinyl and digital.

Altered Images

RELEASE: The Epic Years
BACKSTORY: This 60-track, 4-disc box set collects nearly all of Altered Images’ Epic Records’ output, including three full studio albums and a fourth disc collecting eight 12-inch dance mixes.
BUY: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

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Siouxsie Sioux

[tweetmeme]“Dark Wave,” hosted by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Matt Sebastian, airs 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. EDT every Sunday on Sirius XM satellite radio’s 1st Wave (Channel 33). The most recent two episodes also are available via Sirius XM’s On Demand service for online subscribers.

HOUR 1
Ministry, “Over the Shoulder” (12-Inch Version) (Twitch)
The Smiths, “A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours” (Strangeways, Here We Come)
Southern Death Cult, “All Glory” (The Southern Death Cult)
The Lucy Show, “Ephemeral (This Is No Heaven)” (…undone)
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, “A Daisy Chain 4 Satan” (Confessions of a Knife)
The Mission, “Met-Amor-Phosis” (Another Fall From Grace)
The Young Gods, “Fais la Mouette” (The Young Gods)
Skinny Puppy, “Warlock” (The Singles Collect)
Killing Joke, “Darkness Before Dawn” (Night Time)
The Cure, “The Last Day of Summer” (Bloodflowers)
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, “Talk About the Weather” (Talk About the Weather)
Severed Heads, “A Million Angels” (Since the Accident)
The Chameleons, “Up the Down Escalator” (Script of the Bridge)

HOUR 2
Big Black, “Racer X” (Racer-X)
Coil, “Windowpaine” (Love’s Secret Domain)
Fad Gadget, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Under the Flag)
Joy Division, “Warsaw” (Substance)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds w/ PJ Harvey, “Henry Lee” (Murder Ballads)
Asylum Party, “Julia” (Picture One)
Sex Gang Children, “Dead Metal” (Demonstration!)
The Sisters of Mercy, “Gimme Shelter” (Some Girls Wander By Mistake)
Fields of the Nephilim, “Sumerland (What Dreams May Come)” (Elizium)
Peter Murphy, “Roll Call” (Deep)
He Said, “ABC Dicks Love” (Take Care)
Front 242, “Never Stop V1.0” (Front By Front)

HOUR 3
The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Drop” (Automatic)
Revolting Cocks, “Stainless Steel Providers” (Beers, Steers + Queers)
Doubting Thomas, “Father Don’t Cry” (The Infidel)
Section 25, “Looking From a Hilltop” (From the Hip)
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Coal Mind” (Fireworks single)
Bauhaus, “Dark Entries” (1979-1983, Vol. 1)
Cocteau Twins, “Cherry-Coloured Funk” (Heaven or Las Vegas)
Strange Advance, “Worlds Away” (Worlds Away)
Sad Lovers and Giants, “Things We Never Did” (Epic Garden Music)
Dead Can Dance, “The Host of Seraphim” (The Serpent’s Egg)
Depeche Mode, “Lie to Me” (Some Great Reward)
The Chills, “Pink Frost” (Kaleidoscope World)
Echo & The Bunnymen, “Villiers Terrace” (Crocodiles)
Love and Rockets, “Holiday on the Moon” (Express)

Got a request for next week? Drop it in the comments below.

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[tweetmeme]A new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert film titled “Distant Sky” and filmed last year will be screened in theaters worldwide for one night only on April 12. Directed by David Barnard, the film captures the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree-centered performance on Oct. 20 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen. Visit distantskyfilm.com to see if the film is screening near you.

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[tweetmeme]Former Bauhaus and Love and Rockets bassist David J today shared a sparse — and starkly political — new song that he says he wrote this morning called “Thoughts and Prayers” in response to yesterday’s massacre of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and the litany of gun violence in this country.

In sharing the song, which sets its sights in particular on the NRA and the politicians it backs, he wrote: “Thoughts And Prayers. I wrote this this morning. I’ll let it speak for itself. #WeAreSick -David J”

Listen for yourself below.

Thoughts And Prayers - SoundCloud
(138 secs long, 647 plays)Play in SoundCloud

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[tweetmeme]Echo & The Bunnymen and The Jesus and Mary Chain are teaming up for a post-punk dream bill for what appears to be a one-off outdoor concert in the U.K. this summer — with Peter Hook, bassist for Joy Division and New Order, handling opening duties with his band The Light.

The concert, on June 22 at St. Phillips Gate in Bristol, is part of the Skyline Series of outdoor shows in that city and Birmingham, which also includes headline performances by UB40, Garbage, Bananarama, Texas and Future Islands, as well as two previously announced The The reunion shows.

Tickets for the Bunnymen/Mary Chain concert go on sale 9 a.m. Friday local time.

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[tweetmeme]It was no secret that Mark E. Smith, the late frontman of post-punk icons The Fall, was in ill health leading up to his death last month at the age of 60. But his family today released a statement revealing what ultimately killed him: terminal lung and kidney cancer.

In that statement, posted to The Fall’s website, his three sisters write, “He took every treatment going, which could be brutal at times and left Mark with some horrible side effects. Mark was such a strong man and hated letting his fans down and tried to carry on regardless against all advice.”

Read the full statement:

We would like to thank family, friends and fans for all their kind words, condolences and memories about our brother Mark.

Also, the N.H.S and staff who treated Mark throughout and Mark’s partner Pam who loved, cared and cherished our brother.

Mark fought a long and hard battle after his diagnosis of terminal lung and kidney cancer. He took every treatment going, which could be brutal at times and left Mark with some horrible side effects. Mark was such a strong man and hated letting his fans down and tried to carry on regardless against all advice.

Mark had a great life and loved and lived it to the full and always by his own rules and we, as his sisters were privileged to be part of it too.

Mark is at peace now and pain free, but we, his three sisters have been left heartbroken and will miss our big brother very much.

Barbara, Suzanne and Caroline.

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