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The Damned: Live Performances - 1983

* Due to a large scale copyright infringement of my research elsewhere on this website, most 1983 information has currently been removed. *

The list of shows for 1983 should be considered as 'work in progress'.



Friday 30 December 1983 - Queens Hall, Leeds (Punk Festival)


Thursday 29 December 1983 - Bearpit, Newcastle

Set: There Ain't No Sanity Clause, Disco Man, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Do The Blitz, Melody Lee, Born To Kill, Feel The Pain, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Looking At You, Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise. encore 1 - New Rose, Hippy Hippy Shake, We Love You. encore 2 - I Feel Alright.

Comments: Xmas Be Damned gig. Support on the night was from local band - Painted Faces.

Wednesday 28 December 1983 - Penthouse, Glasgow

Set: There Ain't No Sanity Clause, Disco Man, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Do The Blitz, Melody Lee, Born To Kill, Feel The Pain, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Looking At You, Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise, New Rose, Hippy Hippy Shake, We Love You, I Feel Alright.

Comments: Xmas Be Damned gig.




Sunday 11 September 1983 - Hammersmith Palais, London

Set: Born To Kill, Disco Man, Ignite, Generals, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Do The Blitz, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Looking At You. encore 1 - Smash It Up, New Rose, Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake. encore 2 - Love Song, Happy Talk, Wild Thing.

Comments: Intended support was Play Dead, Flesh For Lulu and Dormannu (later ads & info showed Beast but not Dormannu (support on the night confirmed as 3 support bands played: Flesh For Lulu, Play Dead, The Beast). 'Happy Talk' had Roman on bass, 'Wild Thing' had Rat on guitar and vocals, Roman on drums.


Friday 9 September 1983 - Ashton Metro, Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester

Set: Born To Kill, Disco Man, Ignite, Generals, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Do The Blitz, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Smash It Up, New Rose, Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Looking At You.

Comments: Intended support from Beast and The Volcanoes - however, The Volcanoes confirmed as appearing but Beast apparently didn't play. Following 'Looking At You', the Captain sang a short piece of 'Happy Talk'.

Thursday 8 September 1983 - Tower Ballroom, Birmingham

Set: Born To Kill, Disco Man, Ignite, Generals, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Do The Blitz, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Looking At You, Smash It Up, New Rose, Hippy Hippy Shake, Noise Noise Noise, Happy Talk.

Comments: Beast and The Volcano's supported. First live performance of Do The Blitz. A contributor to this site wrote 'Dave Vanian came on stage with his gloves on fire, very dramatic, but struggled to put out the flames and did look a bit worried. I also remember several punks uprooting some plastic palm trees and crowdsurfing them!'.

Wednesday 7 September 1983 - Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham

Set: Born To Kill, Disco Man, Ignite, Generals, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Limit Club, Bad Time For Bonzo, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Looking At You, Smash It Up, New Rose, Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake.

Comments: Support from Beast and, probably, Johnny Thunders. A contributor to this site wrote 'The beer was really flowing that night and Roman Jugg and his keyboard got completely drenched'.



Sunday 10 July 1983 - Hammersmith Palais, London



Friday 17 June 1983 1983 - East Side Club, Philadelphia

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Plan 9 Channel 7, Born To Kill, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Love Song, Looking At You. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore 2 - Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, I Feel Alright.

Comments: Supported by Little Gents and Lou Miami & Kosmetix.






Sunday 5 June 1983 - Country Club, Reseda, California








Friday 27 May 1983 - Network, Long Island, New York


Saturday 7 May 1983 - Brockwell Park (CND Festival)

Set: Neat Neat Neat, Disco Man, Wait For The Blackout, Ignite, Born To Kill, Limit Club, Love Song, Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise, Stranger on the Town.

Comments: Bill included Hazel O' Connor, Madness and The Style Council. A correspondent wrote 'The Damned were on really early and lots of people missed them. Hence a bad atmosphere occured and fans who turned up late starting giving some of the acts a hard time. Hazel O`Connor was well pissed off. Mud etc was getting hurled, and loads of people started chanting 'we want The Damned'. John Peel came on and try to calm things by stating it was a Festival for peace. Madness got loads thrown at them too'.




Thursday 24 March 1983 - The Ace, Brixton, London

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

Comments: Support from Johnny Moped. Apparently over 1000 people were turned away from this sell-out concert.


Tuesday 22 March 1983 - Dingwalls, Newcastle






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