KILLING JOKE Announces 'Laugh At Your Peril' 40th-Anniversary World Tour

April 9, 2018

KILLING JOKE will embark on a 40th-anniversary world tour, "Laugh At Your Peril", in the fall. The band will kick off the trek in the United States at the Studio Seven in Seattle on Saturday, September 1 before heading into mainland Europe. This run of 45 shows concludes at the Roundhouse in London on Saturday, November 17.

To celebrate this extensive and ambitious tour, KILLING JOKE has announced the release of a career-spanning, strictly limited-edition flight case, which includes 16 colored double vinyls, a set of headphones, a signed lyric book and assorted pieces of art. The collection will also be available on CD.

"Forty years ago this summer I met Big Paul. One year later, we released our first EP," says frontman Jaz Coleman. "Our 40th-anniversary celebrations will therefore be stretched over two years and begin with a world tour, parties and talks by Youth and myself, a new magnum opus by KILLING JOKE, who is, after all this time, recognized as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time. Love is the law. Let the festivities begin!"

"Forty years in the wilderness... Thought that was supposed to be 40 days," adds bassist Youth. "As Jaz reminds me, 'Survival is success,' and although the band have never been fiscally fat commercially, it has allowed us to have incredible lives, both individually and collectively, and we have created a very rich wealth of uncompromising music. It's a legacy that spans four decades… 40 years of spine-tingling, uncompromising beautiful noise. The band continue to inspire and bludgeon down the bullshit in the world into a white-hot, blast furnace dub of unrelenting passion, a roller-coaster, white-knuckle punch in the face of beautiful agony/reality and timeless cosmic joy and soul.

"To commit to the creative beauty and vision you have as an artist is an almost perverse way to live a life and the cost and consequences are immense... yet this is how we inform ourselves as a society of what is real and important in a world of fake news and fake emotions. Like Shiva dancing the world into existence, we are all simultaneously destroying and creating every moment of our reality. It is not through politics that the world is changed but through art. Art alone can tell us who we really are — emotionally, intellectually and physically — far better than anything else. That is why we have committed so much, for so long to this one idea... KILLING JOKE. Thanks to all the fans and gatherers that have supported and joined us in this endless quest."

"Laugh At Your Peril" world tour dates 2018

Sep. 01 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Sep. 02 - Star Theater - Portland, OR
Sep. 04 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
Sep. 05 - Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 07 - Oriental Theater - Denver, CO
Sep. 09 - Skully's Music Diner - Columbus, OH
Sep. 10 - Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
Sep. 11 - The Paradise - Boston, MA
Sep. 12 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Sep. 17 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
Sep. 18 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
Sep. 19 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Sep. 21 - Lunario del Auditorio Nacional - Mexico City, Mexico
Sep. 23 - Carioca Club - Sao Paolo, Brasil
Sep. 24 - Roxy Live - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep. 27 - Blondie - Santiago, Chile
Sep. 29 - Cocos - Lima, Peru
Oct. 15 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 16 - Neue Theaterfabrik - Munich, Germany
Oct. 17 - E-Werk (Erlangen) - Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 19 - Huxleys - Berlin, Germany
Oct. 20 - Stodola - Warsaw, Poland
Oct. 21 - The Roxy - Prague, Czech Republic
Oct. 22 - Bratislava - Majestic Music Club, Slovakia
Oct. 23 - Durer Kert - Budapest, Hungary
Oct. 25 - Campus Industry - Parma, Italy
Oct. 26 - L'Usine / PTR - Geneva, Switzerland
Oct. 27 - Cabaret Sauvage - Paris, France
Oct. 28 - Live Music Hall - Cologne, Germany
Oct. 30 - Da Roma - Antwerp, Belgium
Oct. 31 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov. 02 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
Nov. 03 - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK
Nov. 04 - Northumbria University - Newcastle, UK
Nov. 06 - Barrowland - Glasgow, UK
Nov. 07 - Manchester Academy - Manchester, UK
Nov. 09 - The Institute (The O2) - Birmingham, UK
Nov. 10 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK
Nov. 11 - Guildhall - Southampton, UK
Nov. 13 - Corn Exchange - Cambridge, UK
Nov. 14 - UEA - Norwich, UK
Nov. 16 - O2 Academy - Oxford, UK
Nov. 17 - Roundhouse - London, UK

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