The Damned are an English punk-rock band from London, consisting of two founding members frontman Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible, alongside bassist Stu West, keyboard-player Monty Oxymoron, and drummer Pinch.
Formed in 1976, the band are often credited as the first ever punk rock act to release a single, ‘New Rose’ in 1976, or album, ‘Damned Damned Damned’, in 1977, in the UK. The Damned’s various line-ups have released ten LPs, 15 live records and over 30 compilation albums over their years together.
The Damned headed out on tour this winter in celebration of their 40th Anniversary, playing 'Damned Damned Damned', in full. The tour reached North America and Australia/New Zealand in 2017.
Next up, The Damned are set to play the Evil Spirits UK tour in early 2018, with an extra date added in London due to demand. The punk pioneers will then support the Hollywood Vampires at their UK arena shows in June. Then, they have lined up headline dates in Southampton, Holmfirth and Warrington this summer, followed by a stint supporting Stiff Little Fingers in Belfast. Catch them live by checking out the tour dates and ticket information on Stereoboard below.
Saturday headliners from a 3 day alternative music festival and they didn't disappoint. Good selection of songs from their back catalogue had the place bouncing from the off. Credit to the sound guy. Solid drums, clear bass, guitar and keyboard sounds and a good vocal balance between Dave and The Capt.
The Captain suffered a few sound issues with his monitors and guitar but was sorted out in a cool unprofessional but professional way as was the false start to New Rose where Vanian stopped the song after a few bars claiming "We've missed a very important part of the song out" then lept from the drum riser uttering "Is she really going out with him?".
Personal highlight for me was their excellent cover of Alone again or... I was wondering how they would fill out the brass parts but Dave and The Capt did a great job with harmony " ba ba ba's". Slightly saddened that they didn't play my favourite Damned song, Grimly fiendish but it didn't spoil a very enjoyable night. Even Sensibles rendition of Happy Talk didnt spoil it :)
Finished the night with Smash it up and the roof nearly lifted. No encore but a great night 10/10