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The Damned: Live Performances - 1977

* Due to a large scale copyright infringement of my research elsewhere on this website, most 1977 information has currently been removed. *

The list of shows for 1977 should be considered as 'work in progress'.




Sunday 11 December 1977 - City Hall, Newcastle


Saturday 10 December 1977 - Apollo Centre, Glasgow

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from The Dead Boys.








Friday 2 December 1977 - Kings Hall, Derby

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from The Dead Boys.





Sunday 27 November 1977 - Roundhouse, London

Set included: I Fall, You Take My Money, Creep (You Can't Fool Me), Fan Club, Problem Child, Stretcher Case, Neat Neat Neat, Idiot Box, You Know, So Messed Up, New Rose. encore - I Feel Alright, Born To Kill.

Comments: Support from The Dead Boys and The Drones. The set above is mostly taken from a cassette of the show - 'You Take My Money' to 'Born To Kill'. However, extracts of this show have been released in various formats and include 'I Fall'.There is no obvious break in the cassette source recording, so it seems likely that 'I Fall' began the show - this number was often the opener in 1977. But, there may have been more songs played prior to 'You Take My Money'.


Friday 25 November 1977 - Roundhouse, London







Friday 18 November 1977 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from The Dead Boys.








Thursday 20 October 1977 - Kant Kino, Berlin, West Germany

Set: unknown.


Wednesday 19 October 1977 - Markthalle, Hamburg, West Germany

Set: I Fall, You Take My Money, Neat Neat Neat, Fan Club, Problem Child, Sick of Being Sick, Idiot Box, Help, Your Eyes, Fish, Stretcher Case, So Messed Up, New Rose, I Feel Alright. encore - Born To Kill, Neat Neat Neat.

Comments: Gig known to have taken place but the set may be in some doubt - a bootleg supposedly exists for Hamburg on 20 October 1977, but ticket stubs prove that The Damned were due to appear at Kant Kino in Berlin on 20 October. It therefore seems probable that the set, for so long marked-up as 20 October, is actually 19 October... however, it is possible that a cancellation of the Berlin gig may have occurred and a 2nd night in Hamburg added, or that the set is actually from Kant Kino on the 20th.

Monday 17 October 1977 - The Melkweg [Milky Way], Amsterdam, Netherlands

Set: unknown.

Comments: Photographic evidence supports the fact that this gig took place. As to the support acts, there are conflicting accounts - Paul of Paul and Andrč states "We played two concerts as a support act with the Damned, in Groningen and (if I remember correctly) Amsterdam. We never played with the Police". Stewart Copeland of The Police has personal diaries listing the gig, but indicating that The Damned, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs, The Police and Melody played that night. It is presumed therefore that Paul of Paul and Andrč's account is wrong, and that the 2nd show where they supported The Damned in The Netherlands was at the Effenaar, Eindhoven on Friday 14 October.

Sunday 16 October 1977 - The Mafcentrum, Maasbree (Near Venlo), Netherlands

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from The Police and Melody. There is also much conflicting information 'out there' that suggests that Wayne County & The Electric Chairs were also on the bill. Documentary evidence supports the fact that this show took place (ie a brochure later issued by The Mafcentrum). As to confirmation of all the acts on the bill, Lu Edmonds has stated that The Damned played Venlo after Groningen and confirmed all the support acts, whilst Stewart Copeland of The Police has personal diaries listing the gig, but indicating that only The Damned, The Police and Melody played that night.

Additionally, a web posting states "Two Months before the Sex Pistols played [The Mafcentrum] the legendary punk rock band The Damned climbed that same stage. I remember their show well. The night was legendary and burned into my memory. I will never forget. Arriving after 20:00, the place was slowly filling up. I slurped one beer after the other and got a bit rousy. Opening act climbed the stage. A new band from the UK nobody never heard of before called The Police. Funny (but obvious) name for a punkrock band. Front person was a tall blond bass player singing in high voice. They played for about 20 minutes smashing heavy loud punkrock. Fuckin' great. So good that after finished I purchased their self made indie product from the singer at the merch boot. It was called Fall Out. Still have that single. Yes yes I know that singer was Sting in his young years. After a break of half an hour, and 4 more beers, it was time for the Damned. Wow what a gig. The band came on and played without a break a high energetic set of 40 minutes, so loud, the sound was one big heavy distorted wall. I couldnt even recognize one song, (although I had purchased the record months ago). Still the energy was smashing. We pogod like idiots. Meanwhile ears almost exploded. My spectacles flew through the audience joining beer glasses. Miraculously the specs returned unharmed, caught by another pogo freak. What a gig. Exhausted and satisfied we gathered around the bar recovering. Band members joined (Captain Sensible, Sting, Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies). We had some good talks and laughs and many more drinks.






Sunday 6 October 1977 - Bataclan, Paris, France

Set: I Fall, You Take My Money, Neat Neat Neat, Fan Club, Creep (You Can't Fool Me), Problem Child, Sick of Being Sick, Idiot Box, Help, Your Eyes, Fish, Stretcher Case, So Messed Up, New Rose, I Feel Alright, Neat Neat Neat.

Comments: Support from Shakin' Street. The set appears to have been played straight through with no encore break.












Thursday 18 August 1977 - Foxes At The Sundown, Charing Cross Road, London (2nd Night)





Friday 5 August 1977 - Mont De Marsan Bullring, France

Set: I Feel Alright, Born To Kill, You Take My Money, Fan Club, Problem Child, Neat Neat Neat, Politics, Sick of Being Sick, Stretcher Case, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up, New Rose. encore - Fish, Neat Neat Neat.

Comments: Advertised as The Second European Punk Rock Festival. First gig with Lu Edmunds. Also on the bill - The Clash, The Jam (didn't play!), The Boys, Eddie & The Hot Rods and Dr Feelgood.


Wednesday 6 July 1977 - The Marquee, London

Comments: CANCELLED following a dispute with The Marquee management - supposedly regarding a free single giveaway and a row over The Damned putting up posters which covered the club's list of forthcoming attractions and the Marquee name sign. Due to be supported by The Adverts. Generation X played the Marquee on this date instead of The Damned.




Friday 1 July 1977 - Pavilion, West Runton, Nr Cromer

Comments: CANCELLED - intended support from The Adverts.




Sunday 26 June 1977 - Electric Circus, Manchester










Sunday 12 June 1977 - Maxim's, Barrow in Furness

Set: unknown.

Comments: Also on the bill - The Adverts.





Saturday 4 June 1977 - City Hall, St. Albans

Comments: CANCELLED - Rescheduled for 29 June at California Ballroom, Dunstable.









Friday 20 May 1977 - University of Southampton





Saturday 14 May 1977 - Civic Hall, Middleton, Manchester

Set: unknown.

Comments: Also on the bill - The Adverts. Confirmation that the gig took place by a contributor to this site - 'I lived in Middleton at the time and it was quite exciting for me & my classmates to have a gig happen locally rather than have to travel into town. My memory of things is rather hazy now, but I'm fairly sure that Slaughter & The Dogs were also on the bill, being a local band. The Adverts also definately played. I don't remember much of The Damned's set, other than it was so good that myself and mate went to see them again at the Electric Circus'.









Thursday 28 April 1977 - Palais Des Glaces, Paris, France

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Electric Callas.



Sunday 24 April 1977 - Roundhouse, London






Monday 18 April 1977 - The Starwood, Los Angeles, California

Set: I Feel Alright, Born To Kill, Fan Club, Neat Neat Neat, Stretcher Case, Help, New Rose, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up.

Comments: Support from The Quick. Apparently 2 sets were played - exactly the same set. The set appears to have been played straight through with no encore.

A write-up of someones memories of this gig states... "They belted out basically the entire contents of their debut album that night and left us wanting more. The Damned had run out of cash pretty early on in their American tour so they asked the audience to throw whatever change they had on the stage. I think they made a good amount of money gathering up what we tossed up to them. They also offered to have their picture taken with you for $10. $10 was a bit steep to afford in those days but would have made a great souvenir all these years later if I had bitten on the offer.".

Another piece on the web by M Compton states - 'The Starwood, one of LA's best and most missed clubs. They offered the Damned two nights, obviously expecting a huge turnout. But when the nights of the shows came around, there were maybe 20 or 30 people per show who came out to see this groundbreaking band. (As punk grew in popularity after these shows, it was hard to find any punk who wouldn't claim they were there to see it. There was no way all the people who claimed to be there could have been there unless they were hiding behind the bar.) I went to both shows and was in heaven. The band pretty much played their first album in order, making up a set that lasted all of 25 minutes. And I was exhausted after that. [see also 19 April].

A contributor to this site wrote of The Starwood shows on 18 and 19 April - 'I was at one of those shows. You’re right, only 20 or so people were in the audience. The drummer for The Damned came on with wet shorts and sandy legs and feet. He had just come from the beach! Good night with the Quick as well.'








Sunday 10 April 1977 - CBGB's, New York (Set 2)

Set included: I Feel Alright, See Her Tonite, Help, Neat Neat Neat, So Messed Up.

Comments: Also on the bill - The Dead Boys and Patti Smith. Members of The Damned joined The Dead Boys on stage for Anarchy in the UK.

Sunday 10 April 1977 - CBGB's, New York (Set 1)

Set included: Stab Your Back, Feel The Pain, I Feel Alright, See Her Tonite, Help, Neat Neat Neat, So Messed Up.

Comments: Also on the bill - The Dead Boys.





Thursday 7 April 1977 - CBGB's, New York (Set 2)

Set: I Feel Alright, Born To Kill, Fan Club, Anarchy in the UK, Neat Neat Neat, Stretcher Case, Help, New Rose, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up.

Comments: Also on the bill - The Dead Boys. Set played straight through with no encore. There is some indication that these sets were played the other way around - however, Rat Scabies can clearly be heard on bootleg saying they will play another set later.

Thursday 7 April 1977 - CBGB's, New York (Set 1)

Set: I Feel Alright, Sick of Being Sick, See Her Tonite, Fan Club, I Fall, Feel The Pain, Neat Neat Neat, Help, New Rose, So Messed Up.

Comments: Also on the bill - The Dead Boys. Set played straight through with no encore. There is some indication that these sets were played the other way around - however, Rat Scabies can clearly be heard on bootleg saying during the other set, that they would play more later.






Friday 25 March 1977 - Polytechnic, Newcastle

Set: unknown.

Comments: After the Fire supported. This is presumed to be a re-scheduling of the originally intended 11 March gig, which did not take place because The Damned were announced as support to T-Rex on the 'Dandy In The Underworld' UK tour which took place between 10 and 20 March. Throwing of bottles and / or cans caused the band to threaten to leave the stage... having continued, they left the stage after 20 minutes and did not return. Some scuffles broke out and the police were called.


Monday 21 March 1977 - Tiffany's, Edinburgh

Comments: Purely an assumption, but it feels unlikely that this advertised gig would actually have gone ahead, The Damned having played Portsmouth the night before and long distance travel not being particularly easy in the UK in the early 1980's. Presumably, The Damned being added to the March T-Rex tour would have seen details for this initially arranged concert overtaken by events.

Sunday 20 March 1977 - Locarno, Portsmouth

Set: I Feel Alright, Born To Kill, Fan Club, Neat Neat Neat, Sick of Being Sick, Stretcher Case, Help, New Rose, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up. encore - Fish.

Comments: Support to T-Rex. 'New Rose' was restarted and partially replayed because the band were out of sync originally and the first rendition 'fell apart'. The Damned joined T-Rex on stage for 'Get It On'... the only concert on the tour where The Damned joined T-Rex on stage (The recording of 'Get It On' is included on the 'Marc Bolan and T-Rex Live 1977' recording).


Friday 18 March 1977 - Rainbow Theatre, London

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support to T-Rex. According to the tour itinerary, The Damned were scheduled on stage at 19:30 and T-Rex at 20:45.



Sunday 13 March 1977 - Apollo, Glasgow














Monday 28 February 1977 - The Roxy Club, London

Set: unknown.

Comments: Also on the bill may have been The Adverts, however, unclear where this information came from now and a Roxy flyer for the time indicates the intended support as Chelsea. The Damned played The Roxy on mumerous occasions during January and February 1977 and though the set for this actual show is unknown, a setlist for ONE OF THOSE SHOWS was: One Of The 2, New Rose, Alone, Help, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Feel The Pain, Fish, See Her Tonite, I Fall, It's Too Late, So Messed Up'.

Saturday 26 February 1977 - Anson Room, Bristol University

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gig known to have taken place. Support from The Dragons. A contributor to this site wrote "As a fresh faced student at Bristol Uni, I was fascinated with the early Punk Rock movement through the normal channels – bored with Genesis etc, took a liking to Dr Feelgood and the like, listened to Peel every day, then it all sort of happened. The early Sex Pistols Punk Tour in December got cancelled, so the first real Punk gig I got to see was The Damned, 26 February 1977 at the University Union, a concert billed as 'The Rag King and Queen Dance', tickets costing a whopping 75 pence. I have no idea if the organisers knew what they had done in booking the Damned for this, and it was certainly an eye opener, and went down in local folklore. Before the gig, a couple of coaches turned up full of all these weirdly dressed folk – spikey hair, ripped clothes etc – had the Damned brought along their fan club? The Dragons were a sort of old school hippy jazzy funky band, at the front of the room people sat down cross legged on the floor drinking their beer – the punks were noisily at the back. I was somewhere in the middle. Things got restless. When the Damned came on, everything changed. All the noisy lot making a huge melee at the front, while the old school moved to the back, a lot of them staying on to see what all the fuss was about. The Damned were fantastic – so much energy and excitement, I could never go back again to the old dross! It was fairly safe in the middle, as the beer glasses flew overhead in both directions, between those at the back and the punks at the front. There was a lot of gobbing and pogoing, and I clearly remember the Good Captain bouncing around and ramming his bass into the amp stack before it all ended in a mess. Setlist?... No chance, but all our faves from the early days were played". Another contributor stated – “Just thought you may be interested in this anecdote. I was at the gig and remember it well because (apart from different 'factions' in the audience causing a stir), what really caused the aggro (I was right at the front) was Scabies doing his lighter fuel and drum-blaze job on the kit! They played for less than 20 minutes prior to him setting fire to said kit. There was fury in the crowd at being short-changed; vitriol was of course then directed at security because the group had hastily retreated to the bowels of the venue (which is not surprising)... one shouldn't mess around with a Bristol crowd! Things did get a little nasty and I decided to leave - also feeling short changed. Dave and Captain - you owe me 90p!”.



Monday 21 February 1977 - The Roxy Club, London


Saturday 19 February 1977 - Riley Smith Hall, University of Leeds

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gig known to have taken place. Also on the bill - Johnny Moped.




Monday 14 February 1977 - The Roxy Club, London

Set: unknown.

Comments: This gig confirmed as having taken place. Support from The Adverts. The Damned played The Roxy on mumerous occasions during January and February 1977 and though the set for this actual show is unknown, a setlist for ONE OF THOSE SHOWS was: One Of The 2, New Rose, Alone, Help, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Feel The Pain, Fish, See Her Tonite, I Fall, It's Too Late, So Messed Up'.




Monday 31 January 1977 - The Roxy Club, London

Set: unknown.

Comments: Supposedly support to Eater, and The Rejects also on the bill, however, a contributor to this site wrote 'Support were The Rejects - I remember nothing about Eater'. The Damned played The Roxy on mumerous occasions during January and February 1977 and though the set for this actual show is unknown, a setlist for ONE OF THOSE SHOWS was: One Of The 2, New Rose, Alone, Help, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Feel The Pain, Fish, See Her Tonite, I Fall, It's Too Late, So Messed Up'.


Monday 17 January 1977 - The Roxy Club, London

Set unknown.

Comments: Support supposedly from Eater and The Boys, however, a contributor to this site wrote 'Support were The Boys, I remember nothing about Eater being on the bill, and anyway, The Roxy policy was two bands only, or one band twice'. The Damned played The Roxy on mumerous occasions during January and February 1977 and though the set for this actual show is unknown, a setlist for ONE OF THOSE SHOWS was: One Of The 2, New Rose, Alone, Help, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Feel The Pain, Fish, See Her Tonite, I Fall, It's Too Late, So Messed Up'.





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