DEAD BOYS will play the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on January 31 to kick off a UK tour.

The punk rock pioneers and provocateurs are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their landmark first album, Young, Loud and Snotty.

There will also be a worldwide tour and a special re-recording of the classic record.

Formed in Cleveland in 1976, the Dead Boys were one of the first American acts to combine the proto-punk fervour of bands like the Stooges and the New York Dolls with a new level of intense energy.

The 1977 debut album was regarded as a landmark album in the birth of hardcore punk and featured one of the first great punk anthems, Sonic Reducer.

After one more album the band split in 1979. They reunited for a few gigs in the 1980s, but following the death of lead vocalist Stiv Bators in 1990, the musicians went their separate ways except for two brief reunions in 2004 and 2005.

Guitarist Cheetah Chrome recently reached out to fellow Dead Boy member Johnny Blitz about an anniversary tour.