If you’re a fan of the U.K Punk scene, then no doubt you remember The Damned, and I know its safe to say the modern Punk scene would not be the same without their influence. With songs like New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, and Love Song, The Damned paved the way for a whole new wave of music. The Damned were the first UK Punk band to tour in America, and truly set the standard for DIY Punk. Described by Rolling Stone as “a rage of rude bamalama and embedded pop-song smarts that, with time and sense, now sounds as consistent and fundamental as the Clash and Sex Pistols hymnals” I’m sure I don’t have to convince you that The Damned are certainly a show to keep on your radar.
The Damned, in the middle of a lengthy world tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary, start the North American leg of their tour this week, and will be making stops in the Bay Area next week. Playing San Francisco’s Fillmore, and Sacramento’s Ace of Spades on April 11th and 12th respectively. Joined by California Punk Band Bleached, this is looking to be one solid lineup.
I’m sure its not coincidence that the year we at BAM opened our doors (1976), was the same year The Damned first played together, and I’m sure it was just a matter of time before our paths finally crossed. BAM will be there right on time to see what David Vanian, Captain Sensible, Stu West, Monty Oxymoron, and Andrew ‘Pinch’ Pinching have learned in the last 40 years, and we hope to see you there too.
Tickets and tour information can be Found Here. Hurry up before the show is all sold out.