The Damned have today announced that a new record, their 11th studio album, will be released via Search & Destroy to coincide with their upcoming 2018 Evil Spirits UK Tour.

The album is their first in a decade, and is produced by Tony Visconti, who has previously collaborated with David Bowie, T.Rex, Iggy Pop and Thin Lizzy. Speaking of the upcoming release, the band said that they “want to do the unexpected”, which sees the return of bassist Paul Gray to the line up. The Evil Spirits Tour takes place 26 January – 17 February 2018 and is set to electrify fans across the nation. Tickets are on sale NOW from

It has also been revealed that the rock’n’roll icon Slim Jim Phantom will be joining the band on the road in support. The Brooklyn-born rockabilly legend is renowned for his expertise as the drummer of the Stray Cats, spearheading the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. He has also worked with some of the world’s greatest artists, most notably Phantom, Rocker and Slick. With his sound, style and image that remain as fresh today as ever, Slim Jim Phantom will excite and inspire audiences on the Evil Spirits UK Tour.

Formed in 1976, The Damned were the first British punk band to commercially release both a single and an album, as well as take their music Stateside, with their first US voyage taking place in 1977. They are the originators of the goth punk movement and have inspired a countless number of bands that have gone on to see huge global success.

Fans should expect blistering performances of the likes of the immortal ‘New Rose’ – recently voted the ‘Best Punk Song Ever’ by Kerrang! Magazine – and defiant classics ‘Neat Neat Neat’, ‘Love Song’, ‘Smash It Up’, as well as much more.

The Damned ‘Evil Spirts’ 2018 UK Tour Dates:

26 January Newcastle O2 Academy

27 January Dundee Caird Hall

28 January Glasgow O2 Academy

30 January Leeds O2 Academy Leeds

31 January Manchester Academy 1

1 February Birmingham O2 Academy

3 February Leicester O2 Academy

4 February Nottingham Rock City

6 February Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

7 February Southend Cliffs Pavilion

9 February Cardiff Great Hall

10 February Bristol O2 Academy Bristol

11 February Bournemouth O2 Academy

13 February Southampton O2 Guildhall

14 February Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion

17 February London O2 Forum

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