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The Damned celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new album, tour

Photo: Dod Morrison
Photo: Dod Morrison

The Damned are back in the studio recording a new album with plans for a 40th anniversary North American tour this spring. The band will also be re-releasing a limited edition 7” picture disc of their 1976 debut single “New Rose” on BMG. The band has had plenty of lineup changes over the past four decades, but lead singer David Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible remain. The singer and the guitarist will be headed stateside, along with members Monty Oxymoron, Andrew “Pinch” Pinching, and Stu West beginning April 6 at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles.


Although they shifted to a more goth-rock sound in the ’80s, The Damned have a significant place in punk history, being the first punk act from the United Kingdom to tour the United States, release an album—their 1977 debut, Damned Damned Damned—and release a single.

Produced by power-pop dignitary Nick Lowe, “New Rose” is remembered as the first single by a British punk group. (America had beaten the Brits to the punk- rock punch with The Ramones’ debut in April 1976.) The tune was recorded in one day, but Lowe may have taken an extra day to mix it, according to drummer Rat Scabies. “New Rose” written by guitarist Brian James, pays tribute to the Shangri-Las with its opening line (“Is she really going out with him?”) and the original single, released on Stiff, featured a speedball cover of The Beatles’ “Help,” paying credence to rock’s past while signifying it’ future. The snotty, aggressive single still retains a certain pop sheen, presumably thanks to producer Lowe. The reissue will feature a picture disc, original artwork, and an exclusive fold-out poster.

The North American tour kicks off April 6, but the “New Rose” reissue will be available on November 4 wherever records are sold. You can preorder The Damned’s new album at Pledge Music.

April 6 —Los Angeles, CA —Belasco Theater

April 7—San Diego, CA –House Of Blues

April 9—Las Vegas, NV —House Of Blues

April 11—San Francisco, CA —The Fillmore

April 12—Sacramento, CA—Ace Of Spades

April 14—Portland, OR —Crystal Ballroom

April 15—Vancouver, BC—The Commodore

April 16—Seattle, WA—The Showbox

April 18—Salt Lake City, U—The Depot

April 19—Denver, CO—Summit Music Hall

April 21—St. Louis, MO—Del Mar Hall

April 22—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line

April 23 —Chicago, IL—House Of Blues

April 24—Louisville, KY—Mercury Ballroom

April 26—Indianapolis, IN—Deluxe at Old National Ctr.

April 27—Cincinnati, OH—Bogart’s

April 28—Cleveland, OH—House Of Blues

April 29—Detroit, MI—St. Andrews Hall

April 30—Toronto, ON—Phoenix Theatre

May 2—Montreal, QC—Club Soda

May 4—Boston, MA—Paradise Rock Club

May 5—Brooklyn, NY—Warsaw

May 6—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony

May 7—Philadelphia, PA—TLA

May 9—Baltimore, MD—Sound Stage

May 11—Atlanta, GA—Masquerade/Heaven

May 12—Lake Buena Vista, FL—House Of Blues

May 13—St, Petersburg, FL—State Theater

May 14—Fort Lauderdale, FL—Revolution

May 16—New Orleans, LA—House Of Blues

May 17—Houston, TX—House Of Blues

May 18—Dallas, TX—House Of Blues

May 19—Austin, TX—Mohawk Outdoors

May 21—Phoenix, AZ—Marquee Theater