The Comeback Special

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‘Sweet Bird Of Truth (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)’

The Comeback Special

“When you combine the right songs with the right musicians and an audience that never forgot, it’s like coming home.”

Pete Paphides

What started as an unforgettable live experience, and one of the band’s first performances after 16 years, now turns into an extraordinary live album, film & book as Matt Johnson’s London-based Cinéola label teams up with Hamburg-based international rock and pop label, earMUSIC for a series of exciting and exclusive releases.

To complete The Comeback Special experience, THE THE will also be launching a variety of exclusive products, all available in the official album store soon. This includes an exquisitely designed 136-page Art Book, featuring 6 discs, exclusive photos, audio content plus director Tim Pope’s beautifully shot, unobtrusive film of the show.

The Royal Albert Hall concert was the first of a trio of London shows — the others taking place at Brixton Academy and The Troxy — all of which sold out within minutes of going on sale.

Performing live for the first time in 16 years with a headline appearance at Denmark’s Heartland Festival a few days before the Royal Albert Hall concert, the rejuvenated THE THE, which featured previous members James Eller on bass, DC Collard on keyboards and Earl Harvin on drums and new member Barrie Cadogan on guitar alongside Matt Johnson, would go on to play sold-out shows and make festival headline appearances across the globe throughout 2018.


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“Part comeback, part requiem, all extraordinary”

James Hall, The Telegraph

“Johnson’s great achievement is to have made a body of work that is completely original, yet flows smoothly into the slipstream of accessible, socially conscious alternative rock.”

Will Hodgkinson, The Times

“Johnson retains a gravel-voiced gravitas, and his band are taut and kinetic on barbed missiles such as ‘Armageddon Days (are here again)’… THE THE really shouldn’t leave it 16 years until their next tour.”

Ian Gittins, The Guardian

“THE THE sound very much like a band revitalized… Johnson may not have sung publicly for years, but there’s little doubt he’s been practising his scales in private.”

Jeremy Allen, The Independent


1. Global Eyes 2. Sweet Bird Of Truth 3. Flesh & Bones 4. Heartland 5. The Beat(en) Generation 6. Armageddon Days (are here again) 7. A Long Hard Lazy Apprenticeship 8. We Can't Stop What's Coming 9. Phantom Walls 10. Love Is Stronger than Death 11. Dogs Of Lust 12. Helpline Operator 13. This Is The Night 14. This Is The Day 15. Soul Catcher 16. Bugle Boy 17. Beyond Love 18. Slow Emotion Replay 19. (Like a) Sun Rising Thru My Garden 20. Infected 21. I've Been Waiting For Tomorrow (all of my life) 22. True Happiness (this way lies) 23. Uncertain Smile 24. Lonely Planet