THE DAMNED + SPECIAL GUESTS
The Damned – the greatest surviving British punk band, bar none – are back with their first new album in a decade, still firing on all cylinders, and breaking all the rules. Where their peers either burnt out, or faded away into mediocrity, this most spiritually chaotic of all punk groups have never been away, never surrendered their ideals, always forged onwards.
From 1977’s high-energy entrée ‘Damned Damned Damned’, via the riotous variety of ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ (1979), to the macabre psychedelia of 1985’s ‘Phantasmagoria’ and beyond, The Damned have never stayed in one place for long. Colourful, anarchic, yet propelled by an indefatigably urgent creative motor, they’ve evolved and expanded their remit with every phase, to become one of the top-flight UK groups of ANY pop era.
Since 2008’s ‘So, Who’s Paranoid?’, they’ve toured constantly, to raise awareness of that amazing body of work, culminating in a memorable career-spanning show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of their arrival in the explosive Summer of ’76.
Two years on, they now capitalise on all that road work with ‘Evil Spirits’, an eleventh studio album, which is not only fit to rank high amongst its many illustrious predecessors, but also within the great rock pantheon. As their enviably gifted guitarist, Captain Sensible, points out, “I have some incredible albums at home, by The Kinks, The Who, The Small Faces, and what have you – I want ours to be as good as those.”
Far from merely trading on the shock value of bestriding the stage with just three chords and some lively egos, The Damned were always about proper music. Alongside The Sex Pistols and The Clash on the legendary ill-fated Anarchy tour in December ’76, they were the ones who wanted to get out there and play, and felt frustration rather than elation at being banned everywhere. Through ’77, they were duly courted by pre-punk giants who’d sniffed out their superior musicality, including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, who came down to check them out at the Roxy, and Marc Bolan, whom they supported on his final tour with T-Rex.
Doors 7:30pm // Ages 14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
Auditorium tickets are STANDING (please contact us is you have any specific access requirements).
Balcony tickets are SEATED in theatre style rows and unreserved.