Early last fall it was announced that English alt-rock band The The would be making their comeback with their first live performances in 16 years this coming spring and summer. Under the banner, “Comeback Special Tour,” the classic rock outfit will embark on a run across the U.K. starting in late May, which will now be followed by their first shows on U.S. soil with a pair of gigs in New York City in mid-September.
Announced early Tuesday morning, the band’s first shows in the U.S. in over a decade will take place at Brooklyn Steel on Sept. 16, and Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre on Sept. 17. The band will also play at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Mich. a few nights later on Sept. 21. Tickets for the three newly announced concerts will be going on sale this Friday, April 6, at 12 p.m. EST, and can be purchased by clicking here.
The band’s return from a nearly two decade hiatus was marked with the release of a biographical documentary titled The Inertia Variations, which premiered in London back in the fall. The band has also released a box set titled Radio Cineola: Trilogy, a three LP package that includes The End Of The Day ("songs / interpretations / performances"), The Inertia Variations ("poetry / soundscapes / spoken word ") and Midnight To Midnight ("electronic scores / political commentaries / broadcasts"). The LP version of the set also includes a 48-page book comprised of lyrics, poetry, rare photographs and guest commentaries.
One of the singles from the new album, “We Can't Stop What's Coming,” can be watched in the music video above.
Older millennials may remember the band’s blissfully romantic new wave ballad “This Is The Day” from the closing rooftop scene from "Empire Records." Matt Johnson, the band’s primary singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, formed the band in the late 1970s, and would remain the sole permanent member of the group throughout the years of different lineup variations. The The’s last studio album came back in 2000 with NakedSelf, although Johnson has written/recorded soundtrack albums for various British films throughout 2010s.
JUST ANNOUNCED: @TheThe will be performing 2 area shows this fall! Catch them at @BrooklynSteel on September 16th & @BeaconTheatre on September 17th 💫 On sale this Friday at noon >> https://t.co/ccHS2vCW7U pic.twitter.com/TxO88euSjt— The Bowery Presents (@bowerypresents) April 3, 2018