Tickets for these great gigs go on sale bright and early tomorrow morning, so get booking to make sure you don’t miss out. And if there’s nothing in our list below that grabs you, make sure you check our just announced page for more of the biggest and best London gig announcements.
The O2, Dec 8
The ageing princes of new-rom stage the latest chapter in their continued comeback, this time with a huge show at The O2. The performance links in with their new album ‘Paper Gods’ – due for release in September – which features appearances from Janelle Monáe (who guests on the new record’s first single ‘Pressure Off’), Kiesza, John Frusciante and even one Lindsay Lohan. With that varied bunch contributing and claims from band members that ‘Paper Gods’ finds the Durans going back to their early, darker side, it should make for an interesting listen, though expect it to feature plenty of the kind of glam-funk new wave and synthpop eccentricity that we all know – and sometimes love – them for.
The Forum, Nov 5
This will undoubtedly be a storming gig from the two libidinously charged, maximum-rockin’ dudes behind EODM: Jesse ‘Boots Electric’ Hughes and Josh ‘Babyduck’ Homme (of Queens Of The Stone Age). Their hilariously swaggering take on the classic riffs of the Stones and the New York Dolls is dealt out with panache, wit and intelligence, not to mention plenty of subtle twists.
Eventim Apollo, Nov 19
The perennially black-clad, psycho-sexual provocateur, wearer of opaque contact lenses and red lippy and self-styled ‘God of Fuck’, Brian Warner strides into town with his cabaret goth-rock cum industrio-metal gang for a rare London show. Once upon the time, shrieks of ‘lock up your daughters!’ would have arisen, but Mazza’s shtick has long since entered the arena of consensual, corporate rock. Here touting his new album, ‘The Pale Emperor’.
Wembley Arena, Nov 6
LA’s hair metal titans stop off in London on their definitive farewell tour. No, really: they’ve signed a legally binding contract never to tour again after 2015. With typical Crüe restraint, their last shows will include a 200ft roller coaster and a bass guitar that shoots fire. You’ll miss ’em once they’re gone…
Alexandra Palace, Nov 26
Formerly the screaming frontman of hardcore band Million Dead, since 2005 Turner’s been making politicised, slightly punky folk-rock, which owes much to Billy Bragg – although as a bishop’s grandson and Old Etonian, he may not quite have Bragg’s left-wing credentials. He plays a big gig tonight with his long-standing band, The Sleeping Souls.