Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS celebrate their 40th Anniversary next month with two very special shows. The band will be reuniting their classic ’77 line-up of Barrie Masters, Graeme Douglas, Paul Gray and Steve Nicol for the gigs. Current Hot Rods guitarist Richard Holgarth will be filling the role of original member Dave Higgs, who sadly died in 2013.

They play The Square in Harlow, Essex on Thursday 18 June – tickets, and the 229 Club in London on Friday 19 June – tickets.

Eddie & The Hot Rods followed fellow Canvey Islanders Dr Feelgood onto the Pub Rock circuit before their ferocious live shows brought them to the attention of punk, performing a legendary show at London’s Marquee supported by the Sex Pistols.

Releasing their half-live debut album Teenage Depression in ’76, they hit the Top 10 with the classic single ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ the following year, teaming up with the MC5’s Rob Tyner for a one-off single soon after. Gray and Nicol briefly backed Johnny Thunders before Gray joined The Damned for The Black Album.

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