Logic behind Damon Albarn's quirky jaunt revealed

The logic behind The Good, The Bad & The Queen‘s forthcoming tour has been revealed.

Fans had questioned why Damon Albarn‘s new band had opted for an eccentric set of venues for their first proper tour.

The singer has so far refused to explain why he had avoided the regular live circuit, merely saying “We’re going to do a tour in the new year of odd places all around Britain.”

However NME.COM has now discovered that the venue’s were selected by promoters to have an historical resonance for Albarn and former Clash man Paul Simonon, who plays bass in The Good, The Bad & The Queen.

According to a source many of the venues were chosen due to the fact they had: “Some historic significance for different members of the band”.

Southsea’s Parade Pier on January 28 was selected after Albarn played there in 1995 Blur’s Seaside Tour.

Meanwhile on February 4 the group play Aylesbury, which witnessed a Clash gig on January 5, 1980 which also featured Ian Dury.

However not the whole tour relates to the bandmembers’ pasts, and the new group will have to compete with the previous night’s bingo crowd when they play Leeds Irish Centre on January 29.

The tour will call at:

Bristol New Trinity Theatre (January 27)

Southsea Parade Pier (28)

Leeds Irish Centre (29)

Motherwell Concert Hall (30)

Dudley JBS (February 1)

London York Hall Leisure Centre (2)

Warrington Pyramid & Parr Hall (3)

Aylesbury Civic Centre (4)

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