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‘We wanted an institution even older than we are,’ Suggs tells NME

Madness have announced their new album ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’ with a bizarre press conference hosted by the Chelsea Pensioners.

The veteran band were quizzed at the charity for former soldiers, at their HQ at Chelsea’s Royal Hospital.

The questions from the 30 war veterans included asking about Madness’ memories of Amy Winehouse and how to get free tickets for the band’s shows.

Explaining the press conference, singer Suggs told NME: “We wanted to find an institution even older than Madness. The only other one we could think of was The Rolling Stones and we didn’t want to do a press conference with them.”

‘Can’t Touch Us Now’, out on October 28, is Madness’ 11th album and follows 2012’s ‘Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da’. It was produced by their regular producer Clive Langer with Liam Watson at Watson’s studio Toe Rag in East London, where The White Stripes made their album ‘Elephant’.

The album includes first single ‘Mr Apples’ and ‘Blackbird’, which was written about Suggs meeting Amy Winehouse shortly before her death in 2011. A limited-edition box-set version of the album comes with a free board game, The Greatest Show On Earth, made by the band’s friend Dee Jay Wheelie Bag. It also includes a second disc of exclusive songs.

The album comes after Madness were named in the top ten dream festival acts in a “>survey last week.

The band headline their own festival House Of Common at Clapham Common on August 29, also starring Toots And The Maytals, Lee Scratch Perry and David Rodigan. They go on an arena tour in December.

Madness will play:
Bournemouth International Centre (December 1)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (2)
Brighton Centre (3)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (8)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (9)
London O2 Arena (10)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (12)
Bridlington Spa Theatre (13)
Glasgow Hydro (15)
Manchester Arena (16)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (17)