After over 10 years "break", Ugly Kid Joe are back in a big way. Following a meteoric return at the London Underworld and then standing alongside giants at Download, the band are back, louder than ever & booked to be on tour with Alice Cooper in October.
As if that wasn't joyous enough news to make you pump your fist in the air, they have also announced 3 dates co-headlining with Duff Mckagan's Loaded.
UKJ have always 'done it their way', and have a history of releasing EP's over full albums (though they have their share of them too!). Their return saw the release of the EP "Stairway to Hell", it's clear that even though they retain the 'in yer face' attitude of their early work, they have a more finely honed songwriting craft to boast. This could be in part due to the influences whilst the Joe was in haitus, Dave Fortman for one has been busily filling his time producing albums for bands such as Evanescence, Slipknot and Mudvayne. Drummer Shannon Larkin has been smacking some Godsmack skins and frontman Whitfield Crane has kept his vocal chords in tune with varying projects over the years. Larkin and Whitfield were in a band together in 2006 called 'Another Animal', who didn't do that well despite joining label mates Alter Bridge on tour.
Back to the point... you want to know when and where you can be "As ugly as you wanna be...", well here goes:
24th Oct Cardiff Arena, Cardiff Alice Cooper support
25th Oct Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton Alice Cooper support
26th Oct C103, Plymouth Co Headline with Duff McKagan’s Loaded
27th Oct B.IC, Bournemouth Alice Cooper support
28th Oct Wembley Arena, London Alice Cooper support
30th Oct Royal Centre, Nottingham Alice Cooper support
31st Oct Usher Hall, Edinburgh Alice Cooper support
1st Nov City Hall, Sheffield Alice Cooper support
2nd Nov Limelight, Belfast Ireland Co Headline with Duff McKagan’s Loaded
3rd Nov Academy, Dublin Ireland Co Headline with Duff McKagan’s Loaded
If Ugly Kid Joe aren't in your collection yet, check out this video from their Stairway to Hell EP, called "Devil's Paradise":
And if you want to find out a bit more about the bands history and members: