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Killing Joke confirm 40th anniversary world tour, Laugh At Your Peril (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

KILLING Joke have announced their 40th anniversary World tour, Laugh At Your Peril.

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

Band member Jaz commented: “Forty years ago this summer I met Big Paul, one year later we released our first EP. Our fortieth anniversary celebrations will therefore be stretched over 2 years and begins with a world tour, parties and talks by Youth and myself, a new magnum opus by KJ, who is, after all this time, recognised as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time. Love is the law let the festivities begin!!!”

Killing Joke will start the tour 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, 2018.

Beautifully presented, the 40th Anniversary Vinyl Box Set will contain 16 coloured double vinyls, a set of headphones, a signed lyric book and assorted pieces of art.

The 15 studio albums with bonus tracks and the extra content bonus album, are all on individually coloured vinyl in new designed “stamp” sleeves.

The bonus tracks include unreleased material and alternate mixes plus 8 new tracks never released in any format.

The UK leg of the world tour is as follows (all November 2018)…

2 – Rock City, Nottingham
3 -O2 Academy, Leeds
4 – Northumbria University, Newcastle
6 – Barrowland, Glasgow
7 – Manchester Academy
9 – The Institute (The O2), Birmingham
10 – O2 Academy, Bristol
11 – Guildhall, Southampton
13 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
14 – UEA, Norwich
16 – O2 Academy, Oxford
17 – Roundhouse, London

Vinyl box set contents in full:

16 double vinyl albums in single sleeves.
One lyric book.
One set of headphones.
Five 30cm x 30cm art prints.

One 10 × 8 photo of the couple on the beach.

Two A4 flyers (Acklam Hall and Clarendon)
Five A2 posters (Wardance, Turn To Red, Pope, What’s THIS for…!, current tour poster)
Five A3 posters (Pandemonium, Red version of first album, Pylon, the album stamp images, plus one of a J Cauty image).

One set of 6 postcards (images supplied by Youth).
One certificate of authenticity.