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The Damned: Live Performances - 1978

The list of shows for 1978 should be considered as 'work in progress'.


Sunday 24 December - The Greyhound, Croydon

Comments: CANCELLED - rescheduled as 'The Damned' for 7 January 1979.

Saturday 23 December - Electric Ballroom, Camden, London

Set included: Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Stretcher Case, Ballroom Blitz, Love Song, Looking At You, Burglar, Problem Child, Second Time Around, Melody Lee, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up.

Comments: Last gig as The Doomed (though also seen advertised as The Damned). Gig re-arranged from 21 December. This gig sometimes incorrectly listed as 23 September 1978, 23 October 1978 or 23 January 1979. The partial set above is as per the actetate recording [An acetate is a transitional stage between a master tape and a finished vinyl record. An acetate looks like a vinyl record, but it is actually a metal plate covered in a layer of acetone] made of this show. Free copies of the single Love Song / Burglar given away at this gig and the gig on 14 January 1979. Support supposedly featured Paul and Steve from The Rods and Walso & The Wimps.

Thursday 21 December - Electric Ballroom, Camden, London

Comments: CANCELLED - re-arranged for 23 December.

Tuesday 19 December - Barbarella's, Birmingham

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as The Doomed. A contributor to this site wrote 'Great gig but as with the 24 October show - not well supported.'

Friday 15 December - Clouds, Edinburgh

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gary Holton on vocals. There are references to the band playing as 'The Nightmares in The Dark' rather than 'The Doomed' for this show... but no supporting evidence has been found. Flyers for the gig show that they were certainly advertised as The Doomed (see also 14 December Dundee show comments). Tickets look to have stated 'Regular Music invite you to The Doomed's Christmas Party at Clouds on Friday 15th December, 8pm - Tickets 1.50'.

Thursday 14 December - College of Art, Dundee

Set: Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Stretcher Case, Ballroom Blitz, Daytripper, Burglar, Help, Stab Your Back, Problem Child, She's No Angel.

Comments: Support from The Tools. Gary Holton on vocals. There are references to the band playing as 'The Nightmares in The Dark' rather than 'The Doomed' for this show... and this reference has made it into Damned folklore due to a bootleg of the gig being marked-up as such. A contributor to the site wrote 'they were definitely billed as The Doomed (confirmed by a poster of the show which clearly states 'The Doomed')... but... as the story goes... the promotor scrubbed out The Doomed and wrote 'Nightmares in the Dark' for the Dundee gig (and possibly some others?)' - this seems like a credible account of events. Trouble temporarily halted the show following 'Burglar' and when they resumed with 'Help', Gary Holton merrily sang the lyrics for 'Stab Your Back' for a while. It seems the show was brought to a halt after 'She's No Angel', probably by venue staff, but this is indistinct on the source recording that this set was taken from.

Thursday 14 December - Ruffles, Aberdeen

Comments: Gig rearranged for 13 December.

Wednesday 13 December - Ruffles, Aberdeen

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gig rearranged from 14 December. Gary Holton on vocals. There are references to the band playing as 'The Nightmares in The Dark' rather than 'The Doomed' for this show... but no supporting evidence has been found (see also 14 December Dundee show comments).

Saturday 9 December - Russell Club, Manchester

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed.

Friday 8 December - Eric's, Liverpool

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed.

Sunday 3 December - McGonnagles, Dublin, Republic Of Ireland

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed.

Saturday 2 December - Arcadia, Cork, Republic Of Ireland

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed. Though this date was given in the music press at the time, a contributor to this site has stated 'I was working at The Arcadia in Cork in November 1978 and I met The Damned and chatted with Captain Sensible and other band members. The day was definitely a Wednesday, not a Saturday, so the Arcadia Cork [shown as 2 December] and Arcadia Portrush [shown as 29 November] dates may be the wrong way around'. However, another contributor has stated categorically 'I was the promoter of the Doomed gig at the Cork Arcadia and it was definitely on Saturday 2 December - I still have written records of all the gigs there.'

Friday 1 December - The Pound, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed.

Thursday 30 November - The Pound, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed.

Wednesday 29 November - Arcadia, Portrush, Northern Ireland

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed. Though this date was given in the music press at the time, a contributor to this site has stated 'I was working at The Arcadia in Cork in November 1978 and I met The Damned and chatted with Captain Sensible and other band members. The day was definitely a Wednesday, not a Saturday, so the Arcadia Cork [shown as 2 December] and Arcadia Portrush [shown as 29 November] dates may be the wrong way around'. However, another contributor has stated categorically 'I was the promoter of the Doomed gig at the Cork Arcadia and it was definitely on Saturday 2 December - I still have written records of all the gigs there.'

Sunday 12 November - Bleville Festival Hall, Le Havre, France

Set: unknown.

Comments: Presumably appearing as as The Doomed, though a gig flyer from the time indicates The Damned. Matinee performance. Support was advertised as Olivenstein's.

Friday 10 November - Bataclan, Paris, France

Set possibly: Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Born To Kill, Burglar, Ballroom Blitz, Looking At You, Help, Stab Your Back, Anti-pope, Stretcher Case, New Rose, Problem Child, Neat Neat Neat. encore - New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Born To Kill.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed, Algy Ward replaced Henry Badowski on bass.

Thursday 9 November - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland

Set: unknown

Comments: Advertised support was Kleenex, and Dieter Meier with Fresh Colour. If this show went ahead as planned, this would be presumably be the earliest known show with Algy Ward instead of Henry Badowski on bass.

Sunday 29 October - The Greyhound, Croydon

Set: Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Born to Kill, Burglar, Ballroom Blitz, Looking At You, Help, Stab Your Back, Antipope, Stretcher Case, New Rose, Problem Child, Neat Neat Neat. encore - New Rose, Neat Neat Neat.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed - last show with Henry Badowski on bass. Support from Snivelling Shits and The Cowards. The Cowards played 'Antipope' during their set earlier in the evening - Captain's brother Phil, being a member of The Cowards and the writer of 'Antipope'.

Tuesday 24 October - The Mayfair, Birmingham

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed. Support from The Fashion. Rearranged gig, originally intended for a new venue on 5 October (The Gig), that was not to required council standards by the time it was due to open. A contributor to this site wrote 'Great gig but hardly anyone was there as it was billed as the Doomed'.

Saturday 21 October - The Focus, Peterborough

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed.

Friday 20 October - The Mandalla Hall, Sussex University, Brighton

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed. Support from The Molesters and Smeggy & The Cheese Bits.

Thursday 19 October - Royal College of Art, London

Set included: Teenage Dream, Second Time Around, Problem Child, Burglar, Ballroom Blitz, Looking At You, Help, Stab Your Back, Antipope, New Rose, Jet Boy Jet Girl, Stretcher Case, Neat Neat Neat.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed. The Members, The Softies and The Crack also on the bill. Mike Rossi (ex of Slaughter & the Dogs) joined the Doomed on stage. There was a false start to 'Neat Neat Neat' and the number immediately begun again. It is possible that further numbers were played after 'Neat Neat Neat', but this can't be confirmed from the source cassette tape.

Saturday 14 October - Rock Garden, Middlesborough

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed. Gig confirmed as having taken place.

Friday 13 October - Mayflower, Manchester

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed on the reopening night for The Mayflower. Support from The Straits and Johnny G(?) or Ivor Biggun(?).

Thursday 12 October - The Foundry, Canterbury

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed.

Tuesday 10 October - Fan Club - Brannigan's, Leeds

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed. Support from Xpelaires.

Saturday 7 October - Polytechnic, Leicester

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed.

Friday 6 October - The Porterhouse, Retford

Set included: Burglar, Help, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Teenage Dream, Arnold Layne, Jet Boy Jet Girl.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed. Included a short rendition of 'We're All Going Down The Pub'.

Thursday 5 October - The Gig, Birmingham

Comments: This new venue had to have its opening delayed as it was not 'to council standards', hence this gig was rearranged for 24 October at The Mayfair.

Wednesday 4 October - The Stowaway, Newport

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support was probably Victimize. Appeared as as The Doomed (Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies & Henry Badowski). There are pictures 'out there' indicating that this gig did take place.

Tuesday 3 October - The Gig, Birmingham

Comments: Although there was some advertising for The Doomed at this venue on 3 October (rather than the more widely advertised 5 October) it is presumed to be erroneous as 'New Wave' night was always on a Thursday.

Saturday 30 September - Focus Youth Club, Peterborough

Set: unknown.

Comments: Advertised as 'Next Saturday - September 30, 7:30 pm - The Damned - Reformed and known as The Doomned (their misspelling] - Members 1.50, non-mambers 2:00).'

Friday 29 September - Metro, Plymouth

Set: unknown.

Comments: Appeared as as The Doomed (Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies & Henry Badowski).

Thursday 28 September - The Greyhound, Croydon

Set: unknown.

Wednesday 27 September - Bones, Reading

Set included: Teenage Dream, Antipope, Problem Child, Looking At You, New Rose, Burglar, Machine Gun Etiquette, Arnold Layne, Ballroom Blitz, Stretcher Case.

Comments: Advertised as Rat Scabies, Johnny Sensible, Dave Vanian + guests. Support from The Infra Red Helicopters. The set above is in the correct running order, but 'Teenage Dream' may not have been the opening numbers, and there was almost certainly more following 'Stretcher Case'.

Tuesday 5 September - Electric Ballroom, Camden, London

Set: Jet Boy Jet Girl, Stretcher Case, Antipope, Second Time Around, Problem Child, Silver Machine, Burglar, Looking At You, Neat Neat Neat, Help, Kill, Stab Your Back, City Kids, New Rose, I Feel Alright. encore - Neat Neat Neat.

Comments: Support from The Softies and Rudi. Gig originally billed as 'Les Punks' but later as The Doomed - Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible (now on lead guitar), Rat Scabies and Lemmy on bass. Some reporting from the time suggests that 'Don't Cry Wolf' was also played, but there is no evidence of this on the sourced recording. There was a false start to 'Stab Your Back' prior to 'Kill', and a false start to 'Looking At You', which was immediately begun again.

Saturday 22 July - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland

Comments: CANCELLED - presumably arranged prior to the break-up of The Damned. Intended support was Dieter Meier and Kleenex.

Saturday 8 April - Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London

Set: I Fall, You Take My Money, Stretcher Case, Dont Cry Wolf, Fan Club, Neat Neat Neat, Help, Sick Of Being Sick, Fish, You Know, Problem Child, Creep, Politics, So Messed Up, New Rose. encore - I Feel Alright, Born To Kill .

Comments: Althought the band had officially split, they reformed for a farewell gig. Dave Vanian had left to join The Doctors of Madness, Rat Scabies had formed The White Cats, Lu & Jon Moss had a project called The Edge, Brian James formed Tanz Der Youth, Captain Sensible was playing with Johnny Moped and with The Softies. A contributor to this site wrote 'Captain opened the gig with a competition to see who could spit in his mouth! He also wore a Nazi armband for the gig (something he is ashamed of today).' Rat Scabies was in the crowd and invited by Captain Sensible to join the band on stage to play a second drum kit - for half the set and the encore, Rat Scabies and Jon Moss drummed together. Additionally, Lol Coxhill joined them to play on a long version of You Know. Support from The Soft Boys, Johnny Moped and Prof and The Prophets.

Sunday 19 February - London

Comment: Presumably CANCELLED?

Friday 17 February - Barbarella's, Birmingham

Comment: CANCELLED (press comment...because they are concentrating all their energies on developing what they call "a radically new act").

Tuesday 14 February - Victoria Hall, Keighley

Comment: CANCELLED (press comment...because they are concentrating all their energies on developing what they call "a radically new act"). Some advertising for the time shows Nikkers Club but more specific Nikkers advertising indicates it was actually intended for Victoria Hall.

Saturday 11 February - College of Further Education, Oxford

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gig confirmed as going ahead, a contributor to this site wrote - 'I was at this gig. The Damned were the lead act supported by Japan and The Tourists. We also spotted Micky Most in the audience along with a number of security guards with alsations. A great evening and my first live punk gig - happy days!'

Monday 23 January - Castaways, Plymouth

Set: unknown.

Saturday 21 January - Technical College, Loughborough

Set: unknown.

Sunday 15 January - The Greyhound, Croydon

Set: I Fall, You Take My Money, Creep, Fan Club, Politics, Neat Neat Neat, Problem Child, Sick of Being Sick, Idiot Box, Stretcher Case, Don't Cry Wolf, Help, So Messed Up, New Rose. encore - I Feel Alright, Born To Kill.

Comments: Intended support from Johnny Moped and The Cowards, but Johnny Moped was apparently a no-show. Instead Captain Sensible, The Cowards and various members of the Johnny Moped band, took to the stage and played, supposedly, giving a half hour(ish) version of 'Hard Lovin' Man'. An NME music paper article of 14 January stated that John Moss would be replaced by Dave Burke for this single show following his serious car accident on New Years Eve - however, in a bootleg recording of this gig, the band is introduced prior to their set and John Moss is clearly indicated as playing drums. The Damned's set possibly finished with another playing of 'Don't Cry Wolf'.


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