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The Damned: Live Performances - 1979

* Due to a large scale copyright infringement of my research elsewhere on this website, most 1979 information has currently been removed. *

The list of shows for 1979 is believed to include all shows with the exception of the June / July US dates which are still unclear (lists for some years are very much 'work in progress').



Saturday 22 December 1979 - Electric Ballroom, London

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Noise Noise Noise, Melody Lee, Looking At You, Born To Kill, Liar, Smash It Up, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose.

Comments: Support from Security Risk and The Satellites... Splodgenessabounds may also have appeared but do not feature on advertising for the show. More than one attempt at 'Liar' and a short piece of 'Public Image' played following 'So Messed Up'. The set seems to have been played straight through with no encore break (from listening to the bootleg recording of this gig) - however, apparently a review in the New Rose fanzine of years gone by [haven't seen this myself] states that (at least) 'Burglar', 'Ballroom Blitz' and another run-through of 'Love Song' actually finished the show.



Monday 10 December 1979 - The Apollo, Manchester

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Victim.


Friday 7 December 1979 - New Theatre, Coventry




Saturday 1 December 1979 - Friar's, Aylesbury

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Melody Lee, Plan 9 Channel 7, Noise Noise Noise, Looking At You, Liar, Smash It Up, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose.

Comments: Support from Victim and The Beez. The above set is taken from the Friar's website - however, there is no evidence to suggest where the set was sourced from or its authenticity.

Friday 30 November 1979 - The Rainbow, London

Set included. Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, New Rose, Born To Kill, Stretcher Case, Noise Noise, Noise, Looking At You, Liar, Smash It Up, Ballroom Blitz, I Feel Alright.

Comments: Support from Victim, Splodgenessabounds and Auntie Pus. Gig ended with some 'exposure' by Captain & Rat, a few seats ripped and thrown by the audience, CS throwing equipment back at the audience.








Tuesday 28 August 1979 - The Factory, The Russell Club, Manchester

Set: unknown.

Comments: Intended support was Nightmares in Wax. The Damned played the Russell Club on a number of occasions during 1979. Whilst the set for this date is unknown, it is known that for one of their 1979 appearance the written setlist was - Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Suicide, Melody Lee, Ballroom Blitz, Burglar, Looking At You, Problem Child, Noise Noise Noise, Second Time Around, Love Song, Born To Kill, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat.


Monday 9 July 1979 - Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, California

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gig know to have been played.

Sunday 8 July 1979 - Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, California

Set included: Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Stretcher Case, Great Big Tits, Rich Kids, Born to Kill, Looking At You, New Rose, Suicide, Noise Noise Noise, drum solo (Led Zeppelin), Do You Think I'm Sexy improvisation, Problem Child, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up, Love Song.

Comments: The 'Fuck Off And Die' show. Support from The Flyboys. The set above is taken from audio cassette which cuts out just as 'Love Song' opens - hence, correct running order, but more numbers may have been played.



Wednesday 4 July 1979 - Bookies Club 870, Detroit, Michigan

Set: unknown.

Comments: The Sillies in support. Gig known to have taken place.



Sunday 1 July 1979 - Stage One, Buffalo, New York

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gig confirmed as having taken place.


Tuesday 26 June 1979 - Hurrah, New York

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from The Misfits.




Sunday 17 June 1979 - Locarno, Bristol

Set included: Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Stretcher Case, Ballroom Blitz, Second Time Around, Burglar, Born To Kill, Looking At You, Melody Lee, New Rose, Suicide, Noise Noise Noise.

Comments: A contributor to this site says "The set definitely also included 'Problem Child', a cover of Deep Purple's 'Black Night', as well as a cover of 'Pretty Vacant'. The band invited a member of the audience on stage to play drums. Although the crowd was very rowdy, regular disappearances from the stage were not due to audience behaviour. At one point, Captain Sensible just walked off for some time, as he needed to have a shit (so he claimed), and just left everyone in the lurch. At another point, whilst a dry-ice machine billowed out of control, Dave Vanian crawled through a hole under the drum riser, and simply disappeared for some minutes until finally re-appearing from backstage. The whole night was quite chaotic and there was general baiting from The Ruts throughout the Damned's set (although they had done the same to The Ruts). However, both bands came on stage at the end together to perform In A Rut (I think). Auntie Pus also compered and played one or two solo songs between bands. There was another support band as well, the then barely heard of, even in Bristol, 'Vice Squad'. Flyers for the gig stated The Damned, The Ruts, plus 'Local Heroes', so presumably throughout the tour various local band supported. Sensible gave a few of his trademark rants, no doubt including one against Joe Strummer [further comment - a reference to Captain Sensible singing 'I Hate The Clash' at one point during the set]. It goes without saying that Sensible was totally naked for part of the set (many comments were made about his lack of endowment!)".



Friday 15 June 1979 - Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke








Friday 8 June 1979 - Pavilion, West Runton, Cromer

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Auntie Pus, The Painkillers and The Ruts. Apparently Paul Fox of the Ruts played bass on 'Love Song' after Algy Ward stormed off.




Friday 1 June 1979 - Village, Newport (Shropshire)

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Auntie Pus and The Ruts.




Saturday 28 April 1979 - Puck Pool Leisure Centre, Ryde, Isle of Wight





Saturday 21 April 1979 - Witcombe Lodge, Gloucester


Thursday 19 April 1979 - Troubadour, Port Talbot

Set: unknown.

Comments: A contributor to this site has stated that The Ruts supported this night.

Wednesday 18 April 1979 - Town Hall, High Wycombe





Wednesday 11 April 1979 - 400 Club, Torquay

Set: unknown.

Comments: A contributor to this site wrote "I was 15 at the time, I can remember support was from Auntie Pus, he got badly treated by the local punks and received a hail of gob for his efforts. After a few songs he got fed up and exposed himself to the audience, to cheers of appreciation. The Damned were extraordinary live, a blistering set, so much energy and great songs. Finished off with some Sex Pistols numbers, Pretty Vacant and Anarchy In The UK. I heard later that the band went for a midnight swim with some fans in the sea afterwards."

Tuesday 10 April 1979 - Barbarella's, Birmingham



Sunday 8 April 1979 - Lyceum, London

Set: Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Stretcher Case, Ballroom Blitz, Melody Lee, Suicide, New Rose, Looking At You, Problem Child, Love Song, Born To Kill, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, I Feel Alright.

Comments: Also on the bill - The UK Subs & The Specials. Evidence from a bootleg recording of this show suggests that there was no original intention to play 'New Rose' twice, but it was played again due to sound problems when initially performed.

Saturday 7 April 1979 - The Factory, The Russell Club, Manchester

Sets: unknown.

Two performances - 'Kids Show 5.30-7.00', 'Big Kids 8.30-1.00'. Support from The Ruts. The Damned played the Russell Club on a number of occasions during 1979. Whilst the set for this date is unknown, it is known that for one of their 1979 appearance the written setlist was - Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Suicide, Melody Lee, Ballroom Blitz, Burglar, Looking At You, Problem Child, Noise Noise Noise, Second Time Around, Love Song, Born To Kill, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat.


Thursday 5 April 1979 - Star and Garter, Yarmouth









Saturday 3 February 1979 - The Factory, Russell Club, Manchester

Set: unknown.

Comments: The Damned played the Russell Club on a number of occasions during 1979. Whilst the set for this date is unknown, it is known that for one of their 1979 appearance the written setlist was - Jet Boy Jet Girl, Teenage Dream, Suicide, Melody Lee, Ballroom Blitz, Burglar, Looking At You, Problem Child, Noise Noise Noise, Second Time Around, Love Song, Born To Kill, Help, Stab Your Back, So Messed Up, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat.




Saturday 20 January 1979 - Erics, Liverpool (2 performances)








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