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The Damned: Live Performances - 1982

* Due to a large scale copyright infringement of my research elsewhere on this website, most 1982 information has currently been removed. *

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


Thursday 30 December 1982 - The Ace, Brixton, London

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, Melody Lee, Love Song. encore - Smash It Up, Looking At You, New Rose. encore - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Happy Talk [but see comments].

Comments: Support from Danse Society. Advertised as 'A Concert for TV' - some tracks of which were later shown on television (note that 'Curtain Call' was one of the numbers televised and it is not on the above set (taken from a bootleg recording) - therefore it appears that the above set is incomplete). 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.

Thursday 16 December 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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.


Tuesday 19 October 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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.



Thursday 14 October 1982 - 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.


Tuesday 12 October 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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.



Saturday 6 March 1982 - Berkeley Square, Berkeley, San Francisco, California

Comments: Details for this show were taken from a bootleg tape dated 6 March, however, this is now assumed (until proven otherwise) to actually have been the broadcast of the 'Tea Party with The Damned' recorded at Universal Records on Thursday 4 March.



Thursday 4 March 1982 - Universal Records, Berkeley Square, Berkeley, 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: Advertised as 'Tea Party with The Damned - Thursday March 4th at Universal Records 4:00pm - (b.y.o.b.) Bring Your Own Biscuits', and believed to have been broadcast on KALX-FM's 'Cabinet Tapes' radio show on Saturday 6 March. This radio broadcast cuts out towards the end of 'Love Song'... it seems possible that a longer set more in line with other gigs of the period was actually played.

Tuesday 2 March 1982 - 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.







Saturday 13 February 1982 - 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.







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