Ruts DC heading to Sheffield for cracking anniversary show

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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The legendary punks are heading out on tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album The Crack

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 punk’s 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.


Henry Rollins isn’t alone in his opinion when he frequently refers to The Crack as the “best album ever made


As 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of ‘The Crack’ what’s left of the band now feel it’s time to take a well-deserved reminisce. To that end, Ruts DC are about to embark on a special UK tour, taking in Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Saturday 16 February, celebrating 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,” says bassist 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 drummer 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.”


Tickets are available through the O2’s website, priced at £10.25 (including booking fee)

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