THE DAMNED have rescheduled their UK tour to Oct/Nov 2022, support acts remain as previously announced.
“As a result of all the current uncertainty surrounding Covid, we have taken the tough decision to postpone the original Damned line-up shows to later in 2022. All current tickets are valid for these shows and the support line-up will be as planned. We understand that this is disappointing news, but we have to consider putting these shows on in the most Damned-spirited and safest way possible. Right now, February just doesn’t feel like the right time to be able to do that. We shall see you all at the end of October 2022.
David, Brian, Captain & Rat”
THE DAMNED original line-up reunited last year to share the details of their UK tour, originally set for July 2021, now postponed to Oct/Nov 2022. Founding members Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible and Brian James will play five shows in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester – tickets on sale now from AEG Presents, all original tickets will remain valid.
THE DAMNED will open their tour with two nights at London’s Eventim Apollo on 28 & 29 October, where they will celebrate the 45th anniversary of their historic debut album DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED, which came out in 1977.
Special guests on Friday 28 Oct will be Skids and TV Smith and the Bored Teenagers and joining THE DAMNED on Saturday 29 Oct are Wildhearts and Penetration. For remaining dates Penetration and TV Smith and the Bored Teenagers will be supporting. More guests to be announced.
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THE DAMNED – NEW OCT/NOV 2022 TOUR DATES
FRI 28 OCT – LONDON EVENTIM APOLLO
SAT 29 OCT – LONDON EVENTIM APOLLO
THUR 3 NOV – MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO
FRI 4 NOV – GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY
SAT 5 NOV – BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY
The greatest surviving British punk band THE DAMNED formed in 1976, releasing the first ever UK punk single ‘New Rose’ over forty years ago. Considered one of the greatest songs from this period, THE DAMNED’s ‘New Rose’ brought focus on the burgeoning punk scene before any other group.
On their up-coming tour they will celebrate the iconic single, as well as perform tracks from the first two albums, B-sides and covers that the original line-up played.
THE DAMNED have an illustrious and extensive history, beginning in 1976 with ‘New Rose’ and with the release of their debut album DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED the following year. Produced by Nick Lowe (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker), it was the first full-length album released by a British punk band and included their now most-streamed song, ‘Neat Neat Neat’, currently on 18.2 million plays.
After dropping ‘New Rose’ and its B-side, a sped-up cover of The Beatles’ ‘Help’, THE DAMNED were asked by the Sex Pistols to be an opening act for the famous and ill-fated ‘Anarchy Tour of the UK’ in 1976. Alongside The Clash and Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers too, the band hit the road, but most of the dates were cancelled by organisers or local authorities, making it one of the most infamous tours in rock ‘n’ roll history.
Shortly after releasing their debut record in February 1977, THE DAMNED went on to support T.Rex on what would be their final tour before Marc Bolan’s tragic passing later that year. Bolan was famously a big fan of THE DAMNED and invited them on tour himself.
Soon after the T.Rex shows, THE DAMNED became the first UK punk band to tour the United States and play the renowned venue CBGB. Their spectacular performance at CBGB fully inaugurated the punk scene in America, sparking a revolution for many who attended that memorable first show Stateside.
At the beginning THE DAMNED were at the heart of London’s burgeoning punk scene and were a major influence for many. Now, over forty years later, after many different line-ups, multiple albums and nine Top 40 Singles, the original band are back together for one tour only.
They play London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester in Oct/Nov 2022, tickets on sale now.
THE DAMNED original line-up are:
Dave Vanian – Vocals
Captain Sensible – Bass
Brian James – Guitar
Rat Scabies – Drums
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Photo credit – Jill Furmanovsky