On Tour: The Damned

The Damned helped form the gothic scene, with Vanian’s dark, haunting lyrical style.

The Fathers of U.K. Punk are back to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Formed in London in 1976, The Damned achieved many a first in the punk rock scene. They would accomplish more than any other early punk band, and are still here to enjoy their success. They were the first band of their genre to release a full-length LP (Dammed, Damned, Damned), as well as the first to release a single (“New Rose”) and tour the U.S. The Damned’s resume also includes nine singles on the U.K. Top 40 Chart.

While there have been many different incarnations of the band, core members like lead vocalist Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible remain in the fold. Along with keyboardist Monty Oxymoron, drummer Pinch, and bassist Stu West, this has been the lineup since 2004. (Former members include Chrissy Hynde of the Pretenders, as well as Lemmy Kilmister of Hawkwind and Motörhead.)

The Damned helped form the gothic scene, with Vanian’s dark, haunting lyrical style. Yet, their name still shines bright in the punk scene, alongside the Clash and the Sex Pistols, for whom the band opened on their first U.K and U.S tours.

Over the years, the band’s overall style changed as they turned toward more brooding, melodic songs. Vanian’s voice went from a raw baritone to a smoother style. While they still loved to play fast, they proved themselves musically with a combination of the punk and gothic styles. Now, they are regarded as one of the finest gothic bands in punk history. | Marc Farr

See the Damned at Summit Music Hall in Denver April 19, and in St. Louis April 21 at Delmar Hall; full tour dates are below. Tickets for all shows are available on the band’s website.

04.06   The Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
04.07 | House of Blues, San Diego
04.08 | House of Blues, Anaheim
04.09 | House of Blues, Las Vegas
04.11 | The Fillmore, San Francisco
04.12 | Ace of Spades, Sacramento
04.14 | McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, Portland
04.15 | Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
04.16 | The Showbox, Seattle
04.18 | The Depot, Salt Lake City
04.19 | Summit Music Hall, Denver
04.21 | Delmar Hall, St. Louis
04.22 | Fine Line Music Café, Minneapolis
04.23 | House of Blues, Chicago
04.24 | Mercury Ballroom, Louisville
04.26 | Deluxe , Indianapolis
04.27 | Bogart’s, Cincinnati
04.28 | House of Blues, Cleveland
04.29 | St. Andrews Hall, Detroit
04.30 | The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON
05.02 | Club Soda, Montreal QC
05.04 | Paradise Rock Club, Boston
05.05 | Warsaw, Brooklyn
05.06 | Stone Pony, Ashbury Park
05.07 | Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
05.09 | Baltimore Soundstage , Baltimore
05.11 | Heaven at The Masquerade, Atlanta
05.12 | House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista FL
05.13 | State Theatre, St. Petersburg FL
05.14 | Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale
05.16 | House of Blues, New Orleans
05.17 | House of Blues, Houston
05.18 | House of Blues, Dallas
05.19 | The Mohawk Patio, Austin
05.21 | Marquee Theatre, Tempe

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