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.

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 is time to take a well-deserved look back and Ruts DC are proud to announce a special UK tour to celebrate the albums original release, playing it in its entirety for the very first time.

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.



Date Venue
Mon 11th Phoenix Exeter
Tue 12th Concorde 2 Brighton
Wed 13th O2 Ritz Manchester
Thu 15th O2 Institute 2 Birmingham
Fri 16th O2 Academy 2 Sheffield
Sat 17th The Junction Cambridge
Sun 18th O2 Academy Oxford
Wed 20th Waterfront Norwich
Thu 21st Riverside Newcastle
Fri 22nd The Garage Glasgow
Sat 23rd The Tunnels Aberdeen
Sun 24th Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
Tue 26th Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Wed 27th SWX Bristol
Thu 28th O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London


Date Venue
Sat 2nd Button Factory Dublin
Sun 3rd Limelight Belfast

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