The Damned have announced that not only is ex member and long suffering friend of the band Paul Gray set to rejoin their ranks, but also world renowned Tony Visconti is lined up to produce their new album too.

Gray, who has also played in Eddie and The Hot Rods and UFO, recorded two albums with the band in the eighties and has previously linked up with guitarist Captain Sensible in The Sensible Gray Cells. He will reprise the role formerly filled by several others including Sensible himself, Dave Vanian’s wife Patricia Morrison and Lemmy. Bassist Stu West is to leave through mutual agreement and Gray is still committed to the Musicians Union so it is possible West may still play the January tour dates but this is as yet unconfirmed.

26 January Newcastle O2 Academy
27 January Dundee Caird Hall
28 January Glasgow O2 Academy
30 January Leeds O2 Academy Leeds
31 January Manchester Academy 1
1 February Birmingham O2 Academy
3 February Leicester O2 Academy
4 February Nottingham Rock City
6 February Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
7 February Southend Cliffs Pavilion
9 February Cardiff Great Hall
10 February Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
11 February Bournemouth O2 Academy
13 February Southampton O2 Guildhall
14 February Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
17 February London O2 Forum