THE THE, one of the most intriguing bands ever to emerge from England, have just added a second Los Angeles date at the Hollywood Palladium on September 25following the immediate sellout of their Ford Theatre show on September 24. Tickets for the Palladium gig will go on sale starting this Friday (4/13) at 10:00 AM PT.
Helmed by singer and songwriter Matt Johnson, the post-punk iconoclasts have also announced the special guests for the upcoming tour, their first North American concerts in 18 years. Agnes Obel will appear on all dates, except the September 16show at Brooklyn Steel where Elsyian Fields will open and the September 17 gig at the Beacon Theater where XORDOX (aka JG Thirlwell/Foetus), a frequent THE THE collaborator, will open.
THE THE have created such classic songs as “This Is The Day,” “Uncertain Smile,” “Heartland,” “Love Is Stronger Than Death,” “Armageddon Days (Are Here Again)” and “Dogs of Lust,” from albums released between the early 1980’s to 2000. The band recently announced their first live shows in 16 years, starting in late May when they tour through the UK and Europe, with many shows already sold out including London’s Royal Albert Hall and Brixton Academy.
Next, THE THE will launch their North American tour September 14 in Boston at the Orpheum Theatre. The nine-date headlining tour will make two stops in the New York area (September 16 at Brooklyn Steel and September 17 at the Beacon Theatre) and then head to Toronto, Detroit and Chicago before reaching Los Angeles for two shows (September 24 at the Ford Theatre and September 25 at the Hollywood Palladium) and wrapping September 27 in San Francisco.
As a singer and songwriter, Johnson has been silent for many years, with the last THE THE album, 2000’s NakedSelf, capping off a remarkable run of records–from his solo debut Burning Blue Soul (1981), through THE THE’s Soul Mining (1983), Infected (1986), Mind Bomb (1989) and Dusk (1993)–which earned him an enduring reputation as a brave and uncompromising artist dealing with both the dark matters of the heart and prescient sociopolitical commentary.
In 2017, THE THE released a new single, “We Can’t Stop What’s Coming,” as part of Record Store Day, their first new song in 15 years, with Matt Johnson joined by former THE THE members, Zeke Manyika on percussion, James Eller on bass and Johnny Marr on guitar. The track was taken from The Inertia Variations, an 84-minute documentary film, which premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and forms part of a wider multimedia project inspired by the poem of the same name by John Tottenham. Additionally in October 2017, THE THE released the Radio Cineola: Trilogy box set.
The first biography of THE THE, “Long Shadows, High Hopes,” written by Neil Fraser and fully authorized by Johnson, will be published by Omnibus Press on June 7, 2018.
Catch THE THE in the U.S. in the following cities:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 9/14* Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre