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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 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.

Wednesday 20 October 1982 - East Anglia University, Norwich

Set: unknown.

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.

Saturday 16 October 1982 - Union Theatre, St Andrews University

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Charge. Note that this show was not on some tour literature but is confirmed as having taken place.

Friday 15 October 1982 - Tiffany's, Glasgow

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Charge. Gig known to have taken place. Note that Tiffany's advertising at the time indicated that this was a re-arranged date.

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.

Wednesday 13 October 1982 - Caesar's, Bradford

Comments: CANCELLED.

Wednesday 13 October 1982 - Top Rank, Cardiff

Comments: CANCELLED.

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.

Wednesday 8 September 1982 - Locarno, Birmingham

Comments: CANCELLED.

Sunday 28 March 1982 - 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 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.

Friday 5 March 1982 - 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 1982 - 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.

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.

Sunday 28 February 1982 - 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 1982 - 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: Note that The Damned were billed as playing 2 shows - one at 19:30 and one at 23:00. It seems that the support on the night was intended to be No Crisis and Bad Religion. A contributor to this site has stated that support for the 19:30 show was actually Seditionaries and Bad Religion. 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - 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 1982 - Club C.O.D., Chicago

Set: unknown.

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

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.

Monday 8 February 1982 - Le Pretzel, Montreal

Set: unknown.

Friday 5 February 1982 - Peppermint Lounge, New York

Set: unknown.

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

Thursday 4 February 1982 - Peppermint Lounge, New York

Set: unknown.

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

xx February 1982 - 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.

Sunday 24 January 1982 - (venue unknown), London ?

Set: unknown

Comment: A contributor to this site wrote - 'I’ve just been looking through my diary of 1982 and I have an entry for Sunday 24th January. It says I saw the Damned and it cost me 2.50 to get in. It must have been somewhere in London but I can’t find any trace of it.'

16 January 1982 - The Mayflower, Manchester

Set: unknown

Comments: This show was originally scheduled to be played at The Manchester Polytechnic. A noteable show in that Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies had a 'falling out' in the van whilst departing London… Rat leaving the van and last seen heading into the London Underground. The rest of the band later made there way to a studio where drummer Steve Roberts of The UK Subs was rehearsing with The Exploited and talked him into playing the Manchester show in the absence of Rat Scabies... finally leaving London for Manchester as early evening approached - they played the gig... but with no time for a soundcheck on this evening! Roman Jugg, former keyboard player and later guitarist with The Damned, contributed the following comment regarding this gig - 'I remember doing a gig without Rat and we had the UK Subs drummer stand-in... dreadful gig... not his fault.... due to no rehearsal. However, even I can play the intro to New Rose!'.

16 January 1982 - Manchester Polytechnic

Comments: This gig was rescheduled for The Mayflower club on the same night.


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