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The Damned: Live Performances - 1981

* Due to a large scale copyright infringement of my research elsewhere on this website, most 1981 information has currently been removed. *

The list of shows for 1981 should be considered as 'work in progress'.



Sunday 20 December 1981 - Queen's Hall, Leeds (Christmas on Earth Punk Festival)


Sunday 6 December 1981 - Lyceum, London

Set: Lively Arts, Wait for The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Limit Club, Gun Fury, Melody Lee, Fan Club, Noise Noise Noise, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose, Smash It Up (part 2 only), Citadel, Looking At You.

Comments: Support from Anti Nowhere League, Charge, Black Flag and Chelsea.



Thursday 3 December 1981 - Locarno, Portsmouth

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Anti Nowhere League. A contributor to this site wrote 'I remember going to the Portsmouth Locarno and being quite shocked at the hostile atmosphere at the venue - the bouncers were laying into everybody that night. I was quite glad to get out of there at the end of the gig.

Tuesday 1 December 1981 - King Charles Hotel, Gillingham

Set: Lively Arts, Wait for The Blackout, Disco Man, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Melody Lee, Gun Fury, Fan Club, Noise Noise Noise, Limit Club, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Citadel. encore 2 - Looking At You, Pretty Vacant.

Monday 30 November 1981 - Queensway Hall, Dunstable









Sunday 22 November 1981 - Top Rank, Reading


Saturday 21 November 1981 - Manchester University

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Anti Nowhere League and Varicose Veins.







Sunday 15 November 1981 - Lyceum, Sheffield




Friday 13 November 1981 - Odeon, Edinburgh

Set: Lively Arts, Wait For The Blackout, Disco Man, Billy Bad Breaks, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Fan Club, Noise Noise Noise, Limit Club, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore 1 - Smash It Up, Citadel, Looking At You. encore 2 - Melody Lee, Love Song, Ballroom Blitz.

Comments: Support from Anti Nowhere League. Release performance of Friday 13th EP.



Sunday 27 September 1981 - Lyceum, London

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Gun Fury, Fan Club, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Smash It Up, Disco Man, Melody Lee, Neat Neat Neat. encore - New Rose, Love Song.

Comments: Support from Wall Of Voodoo and The Dark. Altered Images were also listed as support but did not play. The encore break was hard to distinguish on the tape that this set was compiled from, but seem highly likely based on an obvious cut in the audio. Intended to be a Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) show but The Damned stepped in as last minute replacements [reason unknown... but Jim Reilly (drummer) quit SLF sometime during mid-1981, so lack of a drummer seems possible]. A contributor to this site wrote "Stiff Little Fingers were supposed to play the Lyceum and we had tickets with their name on. We queued up outside, some bloke was walking up and down telling punters that Stiff Little Fingers weren't going to play but the Damned were". Some banter during the show was directed towards Stiff Little Fingers.


Saturday 8 August 1981 - Mayflower, Manchester (evening show)


Saturday 8 August 1981 - Alexandra Park, Manchester (Northern Carnival Against The Missiles) (afternoon show)


Sunday 12 July 1981 - Lyceum, London

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Smash It Up, Drinking About My Baby, Melody Lee, Looking At You, Noise Noise Noise, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore 1 - I Feel Alright. encore 2 [but see Comments] - I Just Can't Take Any More, Shakin' All Over.

Comments: Support from Ruts DC, Anti Pasti & Charge. 'I Just Can't Take Any More' with Jock from The Straps. A cut in the recording that this set was sourced from 'suggests' a 2nd encore, but it is possible that the last 3 numbers were played as a single encore.

Sunday 5 July 1981 - Lyceum, London

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Smash It Up, Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Drinking About My Baby, Melody Lee, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose, I Feel Alright, Ballroom Blitz, In A Rut, Love Song (reprise).

Comments: 5th anniversary gig. Support from Ruts DC, Anti-Nowhere League & Vice Squad. Apparently The Missing Men also supported at this show, a contributor to this site stating 'Unbilled at this gig, was first band on 'The Missing Men'. In the line up was Roman Jugg and Bryn Merrick, later of The Damned. I was their manager at this time and had befriended, then Damned bass player, Paul Gray. He offered us the opening slot, and we took it on and had a fantastic reception off the audience. Can't remember the full set, but would have played, 'One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing', 'Radio Love', 'Pictures Of The Missing Men', 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)', later covered on the Naz Nomad album'.

Friday 3 July 1981 - To Act Disco, Weissenohe, West Germany

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Smash It Up, Drinking About My Baby, Melody Lee, Hit Or Miss, Noise Noise Noise, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore - I Feel Alright, Ballroom Blitz, Pretty Vacant, Shakin' All Over.

Comments: 'Pretty Vacant' and 'Shakin' All Over' may have been played as a 2nd encore.

June / July 1981 - Metropole, Berlin, West Germany

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Fan Club, Drinking About My Baby, Smash It Up (part 2), New Rose, Noise Noise Noise, Neat Neat Neat, Pretty Vacant.

Comments: For years there has been doubt in 'Damned circles' as to whether this show really took place at The Metropole. It now seems likely that it was actually at The Loft, Berlin - a venue that put on punk gigs, which was just around the corner from The Metropole complex. As to the date, the set compares well with other gigs of this period - also, Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies do the 'My Dog Has No Nose' joke and there has always been a tendancy to use the same banter during a particular tour... and that joke also appeared in the 3 July 1981 show. A chaotic show in which the band claim that Dave Vanian's drink was spiked at the bar - he spent much of the show unable to contibute. Short snippets of songs followed 'Pretty Vacant' - a piece of 'Burglar', a piece of 'Shakin' All Over'. A contributor to this site wrote – “As I recall, the gig referred to was actually the final gig of a residency the Damned played at the Metropole. It may have been the Loft, but the free drinking afterwards was in the Metropole bar – maybe they owned both venues. Anyway, I don’t know how many times they played, but I saw them twice in that stint at the Metropole. Yes, Dave Vanian’s drink had been spiked with Acid as Capaint Sensible explained angrily from the stage. He also suggested “The show must go on” and called for a volunteer from the audience and someone, probably a squaddie as there were a lot of lads there from the two regiments stationed in West Berlin (one of which was the Irish Rangers), leapt up and did the honours for the rest of the gig. He was good – seemed to know all the words! The Captain was on one and set fire to his amp with lighter fluid, squatted on top it and, as he told me afterwards, was trying to do a dump on the amp, but only succeeded in setting fire to his testicles.”

Monday 29 June 1981 - Rotation, Hanover, West Germany

Set: unknown.




Thursday 28 May 1981 - Mausefalle, Stuttgart, West Germany

Set: unknown.

Comments: This show was listed in the old German punk fanzine called 'Der Aktuelle Mulleimer', issue 4. However, whether it took place or not remains unclear.



Friday 24 April 1981 - Music Hall, Shrewsbury

Set: unknown.

Comments: Support from Anti Nowhere League and Fear of Flying.

Tuesday 21 April 1981 - Greyhound, Fulham, London

Set: unknown.

Comments: Advertised support - Dolly Mixture.

Monday 20 April 1981 - Greyhound, Fulham, London

Set: unknown.

Comments: Advertised support - Bite 'n' Be Playful - though there has been a reference to No Dice possibly being the actual support on the night?.

Sunday 19 April 1981 - The Bridge House, London

Setlist: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Fan Club, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Smash It Up, Hit Or Miss, Melody Lee, Noise Noise Noise, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore - Looking At You.

Comments: Advertised support - The Whizz Kids.





Tuesday 3 March 1981 - Hammersmith Palais, London

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Drinking About My Baby, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Hit or Miss, Fan Club, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Smash It Up, Lively Arts, Love Song, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose. encore 1 - Looking At You, Noise Noise Noise. encore 2 - Love Song (reprise).

Comments: Support from The Straps. The Damned played this gig under the alias of 'The School Bullies' [unsure now where this information came from, but 1981 seems late for use of the School Bullies alias]. A contributor to this site states - 'the Damned did indeed play this gig as the School Bullies. Didn’t go myself, but was at a gig at The Star the previous night when Johnny Moped was playing (re-formed for one gig, I believe). Clearly remember an announcement being made that School Bullies aka the Damned were playing the next night, keep your ticket stub for priority entry, 5 on the door.' There was a false start to 'Fan Club'. The final 2 numbers were probably played as the encore but it is difficult to confirm from the recording of this show.

Wednesday 18 February 1981 - Basement Bar, Clarendon Hotel, London

Set: I Fall, Wait For The Blackout, Love Song, Hit or Miss, Drinking About My Baby, Fan Club, Smash It Up (pt2), Looking At You, Neat Neat Neat, Noise Noise Noise, Ballroom Blitz, I Just Can't Take Anymore, New Rose, Pretty Vacant, Love Song.

Comments: Advertised support from The Whizz Kids. Jock of The Straps on stage for 'I Just Can't Take Anymore'. Encore break(s) could not be identified in the recording that this set was taken from.



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