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The The announces ‘Comeback Special’ live album and film — watch ‘Sweet Bird of Truth’

The The announces ‘Comeback Special’ live album and film — watch ‘Sweet Bird of Truth’

This fall, The The will release The Comeback Special: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a multiformat live album and Tim Pope-directed concert film documenting Matt Johnson’s reactivation of the band for a 2018 reunion tour, its first in 16 years. Check out the performance of “Sweet Bird of Truth” from the film.

Listen to The The’s new single ‘I Want 2 B U’ — it’s reminiscent of ‘This Is the Day’

Listen to The The’s new single ‘I Want 2 B U’ — it’s reminiscent of ‘This Is the Day’

Matt Johnson last weekend released a new 7-inch by The The for the first of three Record Store Day “drops,” a single called “I Want 2 B U” that calls to mind “This Is the Day” because Johnson wrote and recorded it with the “quirky Omnichord instrument” he used on that 1983 classic. Hear it right here.

The The to release new single ‘I WANT 2 B U’ for Record Store Day — listen to preview

The The to release new single ‘I WANT 2 B U’ for Record Store Day — listen to preview

Matt Johnson this week announced he’ll release a new 7-inch by The The for Record Store Day next month, a single called “I WANT 2 B U” that finds the musician writing and recording with the “quirky Omnichord instrument” for the first time since he used in on 1983’s “This Is the Day.” Hear a short sample here.

Listen: Johnny Marr and Matt Johnson release recording of Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer in the City’

Listen: Johnny Marr and Matt Johnson release recording of Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer in the City’

Last month, Johnny Marr brought his old friend Matt Johnson onstage in London to perform a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s 1966 single “Summer in the City” — their first time onstage together in 25 years. Turns out they also recorded a version of the song at soundcheck that night, and now have released it digitally.

The The’s Matt Johnson joins Johnny Marr to sing Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer in the City’

The The’s Matt Johnson joins Johnny Marr to sing Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer in the City’

Fans were thrilled to see Johnny Marr rejoin the The The fold for the band’s comeback single last year, but the ex-Smiths guitarist did not join Matt Johnson’s touring band for its first concert dates in 16 years this summer — presumably as he had his own album to promote. Tonight, though, they did perform together in London.

The The’s Matt Johnson pens moving tribute to late father: ‘It has been a privilege to be his son’

The The’s Matt Johnson pens moving tribute to late father: ‘It has been a privilege to be his son’

Just a week into his The The comeback tour, bandleader Matt Johnson was hit with devastating news today as he learned that his 86-year-old father, Edward Charles Johnson, had died, according to a statement posted to the band’s official Facebook page. Read the full statement here.

The The plays first show in 16 years, opens ‘Comeback Special’ with career-spanning set

The The plays first show in 16 years, opens ‘Comeback Special’ with career-spanning set

Matt Johnson debuted the 2018 incarnation of The The on Friday night, playing a 24-song, career-spanning set to open the first of three warm-up gigs for the highly anticipated Comeback Special tour — a show that marked The The’s first live performance in 16 years. See the full setlist right here.

The The announces first North American concerts in 18 years as reunion expands

The The announces first North American concerts in 18 years as reunion expands

After slowly rolling out The The reunion dates in the U.K. and Europe, bandleader Matt Johnson today announced an 8-date North American run that marks the band’s first shows on the continent in 18 years, since the tour in support of 2000’s Nakedself. Full details right here.

The The continues to slowly expand reunion tour with 2 more newly announced U.K. shows

The The continues to slowly expand reunion tour with 2 more newly announced U.K. shows

[tweetmeme]Matt Johnson continues to slowly expand The The’s highly anticipated return to the concert stage this year, announcing two more concerts this summer: a July 6 date in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a Sept. 3 show in Newcastle, England. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

The The’s reunion tour continues to expand with newly announced U.K. dates

The The’s reunion tour continues to expand with newly announced U.K. dates

Matt Johnson continues the slow roll-out of The The’s highly anticipated return to the concert state, announcing four more U.K. concerts this September around the newly resurrected band’s appearance at Festival No. 6. The band is now slated to play 14 shows this year. See the band’s full dates here.

The The expands reunion tour with 3 ‘very low-key’ U.K. warm-up concerts in May

The The expands reunion tour with 3 ‘very low-key’ U.K. warm-up concerts in May

Matt Johnson will now open The The’s highly anticipated return with a trio of “very low-key warm-up shows” in the U.K. this May prior to a headlining performance at a Denmark festival and what’s being called the “London Trilogy” of sold-out concerts this summer. See the band’s full dates here.

The The continues to extend 2018 comeback with newly announced Dublin concert

The The continues to extend 2018 comeback with newly announced Dublin concert

The The’s highly anticipated 2018 return continues to grow, with the announcement this week that Matt Johnson and Co. will perform at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, Ireland, on July 7 — following a previously announced festival date in Denmark and three London dates in June. Tickets go on sale next week.

The The adds headlining appearance at UK’s Festival No. 6 to 2018  reunion

The The adds headlining appearance at UK’s Festival No. 6 to 2018 reunion

Matt Johnson continues to slowly expand the much-anticipated live return of The The next year, today announcing the group will headline Festival No. 6 in Portmeirion, a booking that’s being billed as the band’s only confirmed U.K. date outside London. See full dates here.

The The announces new 3-disc ‘Radio Cineola Trilogy’ box set, first concerts in 16 years

The The announces new 3-disc ‘Radio Cineola Trilogy’ box set, first concerts in 16 years

Matt Johnson will follow up the release of The The’s first new music in a decade with a busy fall that will include the release of a 3-disc box set chronicling his 12-hour “Radio Cineola” live broadcast in 2015, screenings of an accompanying documentary and The The’s first concerts in 16 years.