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The Damned: Live Performances - 1983

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


Saturday 31 December - 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, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Looking At You, New Rose. encores - Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Burglar, Blue Is The Colour, Happy Talk, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, We Love You, I Feel Alright.

Comments: Xmas Be Damned gig. Support on the night was from local band - Spittin' Blood. The source cassette that the set above is taken from cuts out during 'I Feel Alright', so it is possible that further numbers followed There were numerous encores, beginning with 'Smash It Up' it appears, but these are hard to distinguish on the source tape. From 'Burglar' prior to 'I Just Can't Be Happy Today', various members of the band took to the stage to do 'a turn' with much interspersed banter - Rat Scabies played a tune before breaking into 'Burglar' and finishing with the first few notes of 'Wild Thing', Captain Sensible performed 'Blue Is The Colour' and 'Happy Talk' and Roman Jugg (?) led a musical sing-a-long Sensible's A Wanker, followed by Scabies Is A Wanker.

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

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. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise, Looking At You. encore 2 - New Rose, Hippy Hippy Shake, Roll Over Beethoven. Encore 3 - We Love You.

Comments: The bill also included - Screamin Lord Sutch & The Savages, UK Subs, GBH, Angelic Upstarts, Abrasive Wheels, Chelsea, Action Pact, Newtown Neurotics, English Dogs, Enemy, Burial, H-Men, Partisans. A short 'version' of Happy Talk was included before Smash It Up. Screamin Lord Sutch joined The Damned on stage for vocals on 'Hippy Hippy Shake' and 'Roll Over Beethoven'.

Thursday 29 December - 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 - 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.

Tuesday 27 December - Royal Court, Liverpool

Set: There Ain't No Sanity Clause, Disco Man, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Do The Blitz, Born To Kill, Melody Lee, 13th Floor Vendetta, Feel The Pain, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Looking At You. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise, New Rose. encore 2 - Hippy Hippy Shake, We Love You. encore 3 - I Feel Alright.

Comments: Xmas Be Damned gig. Support confirmed as Western Promise and The Volcanoes. The drummer of The Volcanoes said of the show... 'The main thing I remember about that particular gig is the stage being like an ice rink when we came on due to the amount of gob, which I thought was horrible and a very strange pastime'. There was initially a false start by the Captain to 'Hippy Hippy Shake', leading to much banter... and ultimately a short but loud rendition of Sensible's A W...... from the audience.

Tuesday 27 December - Brannigan's, Leeds

Comments: A gig poster from the time lists The Damned to play Brannigan's on this date - however, the entry has been deleted. Presumably an intended show that was either cancelled or never confirmed.

Monday 26 December - Crocs, Rayleigh

Set: Sanity Clause, Disco Man, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Do The Blitz, Is It A Dream, Melody Lee, 13th Floor Vendetta, Feel The Pain, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, Looking At You. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Noise Noise Noise. encore 2 - New Rose, Hippy Shake, We Love You. encore3 - Lovely Money, I Feel Alright, Wild Thing, Pretty Vacant.

Comments: Support from Last Laugh. A contributor of details for the show indicated that - 'Following 'We Love You', Captain's amp blew up - literally - and he continued the gig with a small practice amp). also, 'Wild Thing' and 'Pretty Vacant' had Rat on guitar, Captain on drums, Roman on bass. Another contributor wrote - 'The Damned came on at 00:30 in the morning; what a gig; it ranks in my all-time personal top ten'.

Sunday 11 September - 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.

Saturday 10 September - Croc's, Rayleigh

Setlist: 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, Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, Happy Talk.

Comments: Advertised support as The Volcanoes. Note that the information given above is the setlist and that the actual set played may have varied.

Friday 9 September - 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', Captain sang a short piece of 'Happy Talk'.

Thursday 8 September - 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 - 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'.

Saturday 13 August - Knebworth (Punk Festival)

Comments: CANCELLED - Although the hall was booked, no deposit was forthcoming for the bands and the promoters called the show off at short notice. Intended support from Anti Nowhere League, The Meteors, War Dance, Blue Condition and Screaming Lobsters.

Sunday 10 July - Hammersmith Palais, London

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

Comments: Intended support from Lords of The New Church, Blood & Roses and Le Mat (All 3 bands confirmed as having played).

Wednesday 22 June - Barrymore's Music Hall, Ottawa, Ontario

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Forgotten Rebels.

Friday 17 June - 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.

Thursday 16 June - Ontario Theatre, Washington

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Anti Nowhere League and Minor Threat II.

Tuesday 14 June - Phantasy Theatre, Lakewood, Cleveland, Ohio

Set: unknown.

Comments: Intended support from Zara. Apparently this show show was was moved to a different club just down the street (assumed to be, but unconfirmed, The Phantasy Night Club) only hours before the performance due to a heavy snow storm - meaning it wasn't worth the theatre opening its doors. Supposedly there were only about 30 punters in attendance due to the weather conditions.

Monday 13 June - The Living Room, Providence, Rhode Island

Set included: Ignite (opener).

Comments: Support from Rash of Stabbings. The set has been 'reported as' the same as 17 June, with the addition of 'Wipe Out' (ending the set). Apparently Springa from the band SS Decontrol got onstage and did 'the swim' during 'Wipe Out'.

Saturday 11 June - Brooklyn Zoo, New York

Set: unknown.

Friday 10 June - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, Michigan

Set included: I'm a Believer.

Thursday 9 June - The Continental, Buffalo, New York

Set: unknown.

Comments: Gig confirmed as having taken place.

Wednesday 8 June - Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois

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, The 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: There were 2 false starts to 'Noise Noise Noise'.

Monday 6 June - The Vex, Los Angeles, California

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support advertised as Social Distortion (note that the support was originally listed here as being Skoundrelz... but it is no longer clear where this information was obtained from). Apparently The Damned were to play 2 shows - one at 20:30 and another at 22:30.

Sunday 5 June - Country Club, Reseda, California

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, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Noise Noise Noise, Hippy Hippy Shake, I Feel Alright, Happy Talk, I'm A Believer, Wild Thing, Love Song (again), Stranger on the Town (reprise of chorus).

Comments: Support from Grand Manner. First known airing of I'm a Believer. Roman Jugg on guitar for I'm A Believer. For Wild Thing... Rat Scabies on guitar & vocals whilst Captain Sensible was on drums and vocals. Note, that comments regarding 'I'm A Believer' and 'Wild Thing' are taken from a bootleg recording of the show, however, a contributor to this site wrote 'I was at the Saturday show...but everything you have written for the Sunday show happened during the Saturday show. I remember the switching of instruments and specifically the 'I'm a Believer' Monkees cover. This could have brought into question whether the date of the bootleg was correct and whether the recording was actually from 4 June but, at the end of the show, a band member can clearly be heard saying "see you tomorrow night at The Vex Club", indicating that the set IS from the 5 June. Therefore it seems likely, that though the Captain referred to 'I'm A Believer' being played for the first time, that it was actually played 2 nights in a row... as was 'Wild Thing'.

Saturday 4 June - Country Club, Reseda, California

Set: unknown.

Comments: Advertised support from The Brat. Show and support confirmed as having taken place by a contributor to this site who wrote - 'I was at the Saturday show, The Brat indeed opened, but everything you have written for the Sunday show happened during the Saturday show. I remember the switching of instruments and specifically the 'I'm a Believer' Monkees cover. Great night indeed'. [see also the comments for Country Club, Resada on 5 June].

Friday 3 June - Eagles Hippodrome, Seattle

Set included: Ignite (opener), Generals, Stranger On The Town, Dozen Girls, New Rose, So Messed Up, Neat Neat Neat, Smash It Up.

Comments: In the early 1980s many punk, new-wave and early rap artists performed at what its promoters called the Eagles Hippodrome. The last rock concert at the Eagles Hippodrome featured The Damned. Support from Aerobic Death and (?) Memory.

Wednesday 1 June - Numbers, Westheimer, Houston, Texas

Set: unknown.

Monday 30 May - Fair Park Band Shell, Dallas, Texas

Set: unknown.

Sunday 29 May - Club Foot, Austin, Texas

Set: unknown.

Comments: A contributor to this site states that this show, not the Adams Avenue Theatre, was played on this date. Supposedly he also has a flyer for the gig. Apparently The Offenders were the support act.

Sunday 29 May - Adams Avenue Theatre, San Diego, California

Comments: Details for this show are taken from the San Diego Concert Archive, however, it appears that the Club Foot, Austin Texas gig was actually played on this date. Advertising indicated that T.S.O.L. and Personal Conflict were due to support.

Friday 27 May - Network, Long Island, New York

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Stranger On The Town, Plan 9 Channel 7, Curtain Call, 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. encore 3 - Love Song.

Comments: A very small piece of 'Wot' preceded the second playing of Love Song'.

Friday 20 May - The Greyhound, Fulham

Comments: See Naz Nomad & The Nightmares.

Saturday 7 May - 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'.

Saturday 30 April - The Greyhound, Fulham

Comments: See Naz Nomad & The Nightmares.

Friday 25 March - Goldiggers, Chippenham

Set: Ignite, Disco Man, Generals, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Stranger On The Town, Wait For The Blackout, Born To Kill, Bad Time For Bonzo, Limit Club, Melody Lee, Looking At You, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose, Smash It Up, Hippy Hippy Shake, Noise Noise Noise, Happy Talk, Love Song, So What, Shakin' All Over.

Comments: Last gig of tour. Support from Anti-Nowhere League. So What with Anti-Nowhere League and Rat Scabies playing guitar.

Thursday 24 March - 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.

Wednesday 23 March - Dingwalls, Sheffield

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

Tuesday 22 March - Dingwalls, Newcastle

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

Comments: Support on the night was from The Threats. A contributor to this site states "Although the venue was sold out well in advance, bouncers taking backhanders let in an estimated 400 punters on the night. It was ridiculous, the stage barrier collapsed, PA fucked up, and the place ended up trashed!" Another contributor wrote "The ceiling also partly caved in as well! Earlier, while waiting outside in the queue in the freezing cold, Rat and the Captain came out and announced that they were going to the 'Dog & Parrot' to drink real ale and off they went down the street. The gig was really late starting as a result" The was no obvious encore break on the recording that this set was sourced from.

Monday 21 March - Dingwalls, Hull

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

Comments: Due to time restraints the band did not leave the stage after the first encore, instead saying "we'll play the second encore now".

Saturday 19 March - City Hall, St. Albans

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

Comments: Bryn Merrick's first gig. Support from Sleep Eaters [members of The Barracudas with Nic Egan on vocals].

Friday 18 March - Goldiggers, Chippenham

Comments: Tickets from the time show the date of this gig was amended from 18 to 25 March - so presumably the 18th was the originally intended date, but it was rescheduled for the 25th.

Thursday 17 March - Warwick University, Coventry

Comments: Two lots of advertising appeared for 17 March - Loughborough University and Warwick University - and it is not currently clear which superseded which. However, bassist Paul Gray had left the band by this time to join UFO. Replacement bassist Bryn Merrick's first Damned gig is known to have been at St Albans on 19 March, so it is assumed that neither 17 March date came to fruition.

Thursday 17 March - Loughborough University

Comments: Two lots of advertising appeared for 17 March - Loughborough University and Warwick University - and it is not currently clear which superseded which. However, bassist Paul Gray had left the band by this time to join UFO. Replacement bassist Bryn Merrick's first Damned gig is known to have been at St Albans on 19 March, so it is assumed that neither 17 March date came to fruition.

Saturday 5 February - Rock Ola, Madrid, Spain

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

Comments: A short piece of Y Viva Espana was played prior to Ballroom Blitz.

Friday 4 February - Rock Ola, Madrid, Spain

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

Comments: A short piece of Y Viva Espana was played prior to Noise Noise Noise.


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