AUSTRALIAN TOUR, JANUARY 2012
PERTH SHOW CANCELLED
REMANING SHOWS CONTINUE
Due to scheduling conflicts, it is with regret that the Damned announce that they have had to cancel their Perth performance, scheduled for Sunday January 22, 2012. However, promoters are happy to report that the remaining shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney will continue unaffected, with supports for each show just announced.
Sydney’s KILL CITY CREEPS bring their brand of swampy, psychedelic, scuzz rock to take up the main support slot for both the Melbourne and Sydney shows. The Creeps have been causing quite a stir on the local circuit throughout the year, receiving spins on triple j and community stations across the country with ‘I Got A Letter’; the first song from their five tracker release.
In Brisbane, local five-piece, The Wrath, will open the night, followed by the gutter elegance of HITS, while Melbourne punk rock wonderkids, The Scarlets, will open the show at Billboard, and DJ’s Dee Rude & Caterwaul complete the Sydney bill.
Celebrating 35 years of living dead, UK gothic punk rockers, the Damned, make a triumphant return to Australia in January 2012. Lead by original members, guitarist/singer Captain Sensible and theatrical singer Dave Vanian, as well as long time members Monty Oxy Moron, Pinch and Stu West, the Damned return with one mission in mind: to wreak anarchy, chaos and destruction across the nation.
Though the Sex Pistols became the most publicised of all the original London punk groups, it was the Damned who scored some of the most notable ‘firsts’ of the movement, particularly the first U.K. punk single — "New Rose" — in 1976 and the first album, Damned Damned Damned, the following year. Produced by Nick Lowe (Elvis Costello, Pretenders), both were clipped, direct explosions of sheer energy, sometimes rude but never less than entertaining.
The one-two punch of Machine Gun Etiquette in 1979, and the following year's The Black Album demonstrated the band's staying power well, packed with such legendary singles as the intentionally ridiculous "Love Song", the anthemic"Smash It Up", and "Wait for the Blackout" and the catchy Satanism (if you will) of "I Just Can't Be Happy Today".
Over the past 10 years, the Damned has undertaken a touring schedule that younger bands would probably wet their designer jeans at. Taking in virtually every territory in the world, the Damned embarked on a seemingly never ending mission to affirm to old fans and their offspring that this band was growing old disgracefully. This included a legendary performance in 2003, headlining the Avalon stage at Glastonbury, where the Damned caused a near riot with the amount of people sloping away from main stage headliners R.E.M to catch what many quoted as the best performance of the festival - hands down.
35 years on, it’s safe to say that the rush of witnessing a Damned live show is still comparable to that first buzz of energy released at some long forgotten sweat box of youth. Combining full-on rock energy, a stylish sense of performance, and humorous deadpan cool, this is the real Damned deal.
The Damned are dead. Long live The Damned. http://www.officialdamned.com
Australian Tour, 2012
THU 19 JAN – HI FI, BRISBANE
FRI 20 JAN – BILLBOARD, MELBOURNE
Kill City Creeps
SAT 21 JAN – METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY
Kill City Creeps
DJ’s Dee Rude & Caterwaul
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