(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
Big news from one of alternative music’s most unique acts, one that has been a trailblazing entity for at least four decades now, KILLING JOKE.
The band announces their 40th anniversary World Tour, “Laugh At Your Peril” and to celebrate this extensive and ambitious tour, KILLING JOKE will release a career spanning, limited edition flight-case type Box Set. It includes: 16 colored double vinyls, a set of headphones, a signed lyric book and assorted pieces of art – also to be available on CD.
KJ‘s enigmatic front-man Jaz Coleman offers: “Forty years ago this summer I met Big Paul [Ferguson], 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!!!“
The original KILLING JOKE personnel, Jaz Coleman, Kevin “Geordie” Walker, Martin “Youth” Glover and Paul Ferguson, are keeping the revolution alive. Their own relevance is as poignantly important now as it was at their beginning, and here’s to their delivering the goods both live onstage and in recorded format too.
Tour dates announced thus far can be found HERE.
The 40th Anniversary Vinyl Box Set:
Beautifully presented, this strictly limited edition flight case will contain 16 colored 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 colored vinyl in new designed “stamp” sleeves. The bonus tracks include unreleased material and alternate mixes plus 8 new tracks never released in any format. As mentioned above, available on CD also.
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 x 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