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Ruts DC announce 40th anniversary of ‘The Crack’ tour Feb 2019

Written by John Deaux

The Crack. I cannot explain to you the impact that this LP had. It is simply one of the best albums of it’s time. A true treasure that does not age but only impresses the more you play it.” Henry Rollins

Released in September of 1979, The Ruts one and only studio album ‘The Crack’ was an extraordinary statement of intent. As the energy and attitude of punks first wave started to dissipate, here was a band that exploded onto the scene with everything to offer. ‘The Crack’ had it all. Twelve power-packed songs brimming with invention and energy, it featured an extraordinary run of hit singles – ‘Babylon’s Burning’, ‘Something That I Said’ and ‘Jah War’ – alongside some of the best adrenalized rock music to emerge in the decade’s closing. Malcolm Owen’s snarling yet soulful vocals, Paul Fox’s soaring guitar and the incredible rhythm pairing of bassist John Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy came together in perfect harmony to create an album that is as relevant and important now as it was then. Henry Rollins isn’t alone in his opinion when he frequently refers to The Crack as the “best album ever made”.

The Ruts (now Ruts DC) have always been intent on creating fresh music, constantly striving to move forward. When the band returned to the studio in 2008 to record ‘Rhythm Collision 2’, the follow-up to the 1982 dub-masterpiece, they hit the road and began the daunting task of crafting the first new Ruts DC songs since the early 80s, resulting in the release of 2016’s exceptional ‘Music Must Destroy’ album. It featured ten new songs of prime Ruts energy and song-writing suss, proving just how well the Jennings/Ruffy partnership had endured, alongside new guitarist Leigh Heggarty.

As 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of ‘The Crack’, however, it’s now time to take a well-deserved look back and Ruts DC are proud to announce a special tour to celebrate the albums original release, playing it in its entirety for the very first time.

“It’s always been important to us to be a current and forward-thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,” states John ‘Segs’ Jennings. “A milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too. We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.”

“Making ‘The Crack” was a real game changer for me,” continues Dave Ruffy. “The Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. It’s a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, it’s quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980! Our legacy is large, and we are and will continue working hard to make this a great show.”

Support on all dates will come from recently reunited post-pistols legends The Professionals and together with Ruts DC, this tour will serve as a worthy tribute to ‘The Crack’ and two of its much-missed creators Malcolm Owen and Paul Fox.

The Crack – 40th Anniversary Tour 2019 (Tickets on sale Friday 29th June 2018)

11th Feb             Phoenix                                         Exeter
12th Feb             Concorde 2                                   Brighton
13th Feb             O2 Ritz                                          Manchester
15th Feb             02 Institute 2                                 Birmingham
16th Feb             02 Academy 2                               Sheffield
17th Feb             The Junction                                 Cambridge
18th Feb             02 Academy                                 Oxford
20th Feb             Waterfront                                    Norwich
21st Feb             Riverside                                     Newcastle
22nd Feb           Garage                                         Glasgow
23rd Feb            Tunnels                                        Aberdeen
24th Feb            Liquid Rooms                               Edinburgh
26th Feb            Rescue Rooms                            Nottingham
27th Feb            SWX                                             Bristol
28th Feb            O2 Shepherds Bush Empire        London
2nd Mar             Button Factory                              Dublin, IE
3rd Mar              Limelight                                       Belfast

Tickets available from gigsandtours.com or ticketmaster.co.uk.

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About the author

John Deaux

Some say Yank My Doodle, It’s A Dandy! is a biographical movie based on John

Some have even said that his favourite artist is Chesney Hawke

All we know is he is the ultimate bargain hunter & his skin, a hazy shade of winter

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