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The Damned: Live Performances - 1982

The list of shows for 1982 should be considered as 'work in progress'.


Thursday 30 December - The Ace, Brixton, London

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore - Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose, [see comments*] Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Happy Talk.

Comments: Support from Danse Society. Advertised as 'A Concert for TV' - some tracks of which were later shown on television. Technical difficulties meant that 'Bad Time For Bonzo' was started and aborted - a long period of banter then ensued prior to the track being played fully. *'Noise Noise Noise' to 'Happy Talk' were usually played as a 2nd encore at other gigs during this period, however, the bootleg tape that this set was taken from appears to run straight through from 'New Rose' to 'Happy Talk'... though it is possible that this is just a very good edit on the original tape.

Thursday 16 December - Marquee Club, London

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For the Blackout, Lively Arts, Dozen Girls, Melody Lee, Rock Me Baby, Love Song, New Rose. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise. encore 2 - Neat Neat Neat, I Just Can't Take Anymore, Be Bop A Lula, Happy Talk, Hippy Hippy Shake.

Comments: Support on the night was from Johnny Moped. 'Rock Me Baby' is a BB King track. 'I Just Can't Take Anymore' is a Straps song - this and 'Be Bop A Lula' were performed with members of The Straps.

Wednesday 15 December - Marquee Club, London

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Lively Arts, Dozen Girls, Melody Lee, Love Song, New Rose, Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Pretty Vacant, Ballroom Blitz, Happy Talk.

Comments: Support on the night was from Johnny Moped.

Tuesday 14 December - Marquee Club, London

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger on The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Lively Arts, Dozen Girls, Melody Lee, Love Song, New Rose. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Stab Your Back, Noise Noise Noise. encore 2 - Hippy Hippy Shake, Neat Neat Neat, Happy Talk.

Comments: Support on the night was a Durham band called Mythra.

Monday 13 December - Greyhound, Fulham

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Lively Arts, Dozen Girls, Melody Lee, Love Song, New Rose. encore 1 - Smash It Up (part 2), Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake. encore 2 - Neat Neat Neat, Citadel, Happy Talk.

Wednesday 20 October - East Anglia University, Norwich

Set: unknown.

Tuesday 19 October - Royal Court, Liverpool

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore 2 - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Happy Talk. encore 3 - Neat Neat Neat, Citadel.

Comments: Support from Charge. An unknown instrumental preceded Citadel - some sources suggest that it was 'Wipeout' (a Rat Scabies number) other sources suggest 'Pipeline' (originally by The Chantays)... though I don't recognise it as either.

Monday 18 October - Apollo, Manchester

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore 2 - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Happy Talk.

Comments: Support from Charge.

Sunday 17 October - Lyceum, Sheffield

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Charge. Gig known to have taken place. A Facebook posting stated that 'The Dog' was played at this show - whether this 'memory' is remembered correctly is unknown, but worth mentioning here because, if true, it would be (as at February 2016) the only known playing of 'The Dog' live.

Saturday 16 October - Union Theatre, St Andrews University

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Charge.

Friday 15 October - Tiffany's, Glasgow

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Charge. Gig known to have taken place.

Thursday 14 October - Mayfair, Newcastle

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song, Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose, Happy Talk, Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Citadel.

Comments: Support from Charge.

Wednesday 13 October - Caesar's, Bradford

Comments: CANCELLED.

Wednesday 13 October - Top Rank, Cardiff

Comments: CANCELLED.

Tuesday 12 October - Tower Ballroom, Birmingham

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Stranger on the Town, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore 2 - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Happy Talk.

Comments: Support from Charge. Note that advertising for the time sometimes shows The Tower Ballroom and sometimes The Locarno (it seems the venue was originally to have been The Locarno).

Monday 11 October - Hammersmith Odeon, London

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger on the Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Love Song.encore 1 - Smash It Up, Looking At You. encore 2 - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake. encore 3 - Citadel, New Rose, Happy Talk.

Comments: Support from Charge. A contributor to this site wrote 'Robert Fripp joined The Damned on stage for 'Looking At You' through to 'New Rose'.

Sunday 10 October - Top Rank, Cardiff

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger on the Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore 1 - Wot, Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore 2 - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake.

Comments: Support from Charge.

Saturday 9 October - Polytechnic, Plymouth

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger on the Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore 2 - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake.

Comments: Support from Charge.

Friday 8 October - Pavilion, Bath

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger on the Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore 2 - Happy Talk, Hippy Hippy Shake, Noise Noise Noise.

Comments: Support from Charge.

Wednesday 6 October - Regal, Hitchin

Set: Happy Talk, Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore 1 - Wot, Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore 2 - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake. encore 3 - Neat Neat Neat, Citadel.

Comments: Support from Charge. The contributor of this set indicated that they had noted 'Lunatic Song' following 'Wait For The Blackout', but have no idea what this ditty was about after so many years.

Tuesday 5 October - The Guildhall, Portsmouth

Set included: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger on the Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore - Smash It Up, Looking At You.

Comments: Support from Charge. Though the set above is correct and in the right running order, based on other sets from this tour, it seems likely that it is actually incomplete.

Monday 4 October - Top Rank, Brighton

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger on the Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Love Song, Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore - Hippy Hippy Shake, Noise Noise Noise, Citadel.

Comments: Support from Charge.

Sunday 3 October - Top Rank, Reading

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger on the Town, Wait For The Blackout, Bad Time For Bonzo, Curtain Call, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Under The Floor Again, Love Song, Smash It Up, Looking At You. encore - Hippy Hippy Shake.

Comments: Beginning of Strawberries / Nuns tour. Support from Charge.

Sunday 12 September - Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry

Set: Ignite, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, Stranger on the Town, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Gun Fury, Lively Arts, Dozen Girls, Limit Club, Under The Floor Again, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore 1 - Happy Talk, Smash It Up. encore 2 - Looking At You.

Comments: Futurama 4 festival. Support on the day was intended to be - Chelsea, Nico, Dead or Alive, Southern Death Cult, Danse Society, Sex Gang Children, The Room, Farmers Boys, March Violets, Decorators, Gene Loves Jezebel, Zanti Misfits, Orchestre Jazira, The Membranes, The Alarm, Vendino Pact, Discoblisk and Work Force.

Wednesday 8 September - Locarno, Birmingham

Comments: CANCELLED.

Sunday 28 March - Lyceum, London

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Noise Noise Noise, Melody Lee, Gun Fury, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Limit Club, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore - Smash It Up, Citadel, Looking At You.

Comments: Support from Peter and The Test Tube Babies & Vice Squad. A very small piece of 'Jet Boy Jet Girl' was sung during the on stage banter that preceded 'Smash It Up'.

Saturday 6 March - Berkeley Square, Berkeley, San Francisco, California

Set included: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Melody Lee, Noise Noise Noise, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Limit Club, Love Song.

Comments: This set is taken from a radio broadcast and cuts out towards the end of 'Love Song'... it seems likely that a longer set more in line with previous gigs was actually played.

Friday 5 March - The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California

Set: unknown.

Comments: This show was originally scheduled to be played at the Kabuki Night Club, but was moved to the smaller Old Waldoff venue. Support presumed to be as advertised for the Kabuki - The Renegades and The Stepmothers.

Friday 5 March - Kabuki Night Club, San Francisco, California

Comments: Advertised support was The Renegades and The Stepmothers. The Damned did not play the Kabuki Night Club - the show was moved to the smaller venue, The Old Waldorf.

Tuesday 2 March - Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, California

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Noise Noise Noise, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Limit Club, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore - Citadel, Looking At You, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from The Dickies.

Sunday 28 February - Godzilla's, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Melody Lee, Noise Noise Noise, Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Limit Club, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose.

Comments: Support may have been TSOL and Circle One. Was 'New Rose' really the end of the set?... (as this set is taken from a bootleg tape it seems likely that more numbers were played but were not recorded). It is unclear for the moment, whether 2 separate shows were played as per the previous 2 nights at this venue.

Saturday 27 February - Godzilla's, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Noise Noise Noise, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Limit Club, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore - Stab Your Back, Looking At You, Smash It Up.

Comments: It seems that the support on the night was intended to be No Crisis and Bad Religion. Note that The Damned were billed as playing 2 shows - one at 19:30 and one at 23:00. It is not known whether the same set was played during both performances , or whether the set information listed above is from the earlier or later show.

Friday 26 February - Godzilla's, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California

Set possibly included: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Anarchy in the UK, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Disco Man, Gun Fury, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose.

Comments: It seems that the support on the night was intended to be Tourist and Legal Weapon. Note that The Damned were billed as playing 2 shows - one at 19:30 and one at 23:00 (ticket stubs for the 26th that have been 'unearthed' state these separate times). It is not known whether the same set was played during both performances - whether the set information listed above is from the earlier or later show - or is actually an amalgamation of both sets.

Sunday 21 February - Club C.O.D., Chicago

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Limit Club, Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Noise Noise Noise, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore - Looking At You, Smash It Up.

Comments: A correspondent wrote 'The sound at the 14 February gig sucked, so they came back to Chicago one week later and had another show which was all ages'.

Thursday 18 February - The Starship, Milwaukee

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Melody Lee, Gun Fury, Noise Noise Noise, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Limit Club, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore - Looking At You, Smash It Up, Citadel.

Comments: Included a false start to 'Smash It Up'.

Sunday 14 February - Club C.O.D., Chicago

Set: unknown.

Comments: Over 21 show which they called 'The St.Valentine's Day Massacre'.

Saturday 13 February - Clutch Cargos, Detroit, Michigan

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Melody Lee, Gun Fury, Noise Noise Noise, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Billy Bad Breaks, Limit Club, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose, Citadel, Looking At You, Smash It Up (pt2).

Comments: Support from The Necros and Negative Approach. Gig known to have taken place.

Monday 8 February - Le Pretzel, Montreal

Set: unknown.

Friday 5 February - Peppermint Lounge, New York

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gigs at the Peppermint Lounge were advertised as the only New York shows.

Thursday 4 February - Peppermint Lounge, New York

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gigs at the Peppermint Lounge were advertised as the only New York shows.

xx February - Merlyn's Club, Madison, Wisconsin

Set: unknown.

Comments: A photograph of The Damned taken at this venue appeared on Roman Jugg's Facebook - hence confirming that the show took place.


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