THE DAMNED THINGS — the new project featuring FALL OUT BOY guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley; EVERY TIME I DIE vocalist Keith Buckley and ANTHRAX guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano — will make its live debut on June 1 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York.
The band has scheduled the following dates so far:
June 01 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
June 04 - Nürburgring, DE - Rock Am Ring
June 05 - Nürnberg, DE - Rock Im Park
June 06 - Brussels, BE - VK
June 08 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
June 10 - London, UK - Heaven
June 12 - Copenhagen, DK - Copenhell
June 13 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
THE DAMNED THINGS is featured on the cover of the April 2010 issue of U.K.'s Rock Sound magazine in what it being billed as the group's "first interview."
In a recent blog that was published by Rock Sound, Trohman stated about THE DAMNED THINGS, "For the first time in over 10 years, I'm playing heavy music again. And it feels really fucking good. Not only does it feel good, but it feels even better knowing that I'm able to expel all these songs and ideas I've been bottling up for so many years.
"Looking back on it, I suppose it's somewhat odd how I went from some shitty hardcore kid/crappy metal dude to the guitarist in a big pop-rock band and I'm sure the way I see myself is not the way others do. Most people believe that everything and everyone belongs in a box, category, or some sort of genre. Therefore, it's pretty weird that a guy like myself is trying his hand at something heavy, with guys from legit heavy bands.
"Is it a joke? Is it another garbage supergroup? To me, and to the band, it is real. Ultimately, the criticism will be left up to you, the listener, judge, jury and (s)executioner.
"In a way, I'm starting over, and in other ways, I/we have a leg up. We're all known artists, we've all had our successes. But we also have a lot to prove to those interested. To have Scott, Keith, Andy and Rob truly believe in this music we have created is not only extremely encouraging, but is more important to me than anyone will ever know. Therefore, regardless of the reaction, I will always believe in the music we are making.
"For good measure, I could go on and on about my associations with the Chicago hardcore scene, my love for all music heavy, or my musical upbringing in general. But that will end up making me look like a desperate douche-bag, vying for invisible scene points and ultimate acceptance. At the end of the day, this record we are making will speak for itself.
"Hopefully, it has good things to say."
In a November 2009 interview with Rock Sound, Ian about THE DAMNED THINGS: "We started working on songs together and I really dug it. It just felt really good. From there we decided that obviously both of us are pretty busy in our day jobs but let's see what we can do with this. Even if it takes us five years to make a record, why not? It's super-fun and it's something that we do totally take seriously because we love the music we've created. People think of FALL OUT BOY and they think of Pete Wentz and Patrick. These two guys, man, they're fucking hardcore dudes. Joe writes some amazing riffs. We have this song called 'A Great Reckoning' that, I swear to God, this song could be on any THIN LIZZY record. He fucking blew my mind with this song and I just can't wait for people to hear it."