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The Damned: Live Performances - 2015

The list of shows for 2015 is complete (lists for some years are very much 'work in progress').


Sunday 20 December 2015 - O2 Academy Islington, London

Set: Wait For The Blackout, Fan Club, History Of The World, Grimly Fiendish, Stranger On The Town, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Neat Neat Neat, Sanity Clause. encore - Under The Floor Again, New Rose, Nasty, The Turkey Song, Smash It Up, Happy Talk.

Comments: Support from The Featherz (who additionally played the free aftershow). At the beginning of the encore, Monty played a short improvised keyboard piece before the band launched into 'Under The Floor Again'. For 'The Turkey Song', the Damned were joined on stage by Charlie Harper and Gaye Advert. A snippet of 'The Snooker Song' preceded 'Smash It Up'. 'Happy Talk' was a sing-a-long verse between the Captain and the audience (singing and clapping along), with no musical instruments played.

Saturday 19 December 2015 - O2 Academy, Liverpool

Set: Wait For The Blackout, Fan Club, History Of The World, Grimly Fiendish, Stranger On The Town, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Neat Neat Neat, Sanity Clause. encore - Under The Floor Again, New Rose, Nasty, The Turkey Song, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from The Featherz. While the Captain tuned his guitar prior to 'The Turkey Song', Monty played a short keyboard improvisation as a filler.

Friday 18 December 2015 - O2 Academy 2, Sheffield

Set: Wait For The Blackout, Fan Club, History Of The World, Grimly Fiendish, Stranger On The Town, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Neat Neat Neat, Sanity Clause. encore - Under The Floor Again, New Rose, Nasty, The Turkey Song, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from The Featherz. Between 'Stranger On The Town' and 'Love Song', banter revolved around Paul Weller toilet paper merchandise - with suggestions of 'In The Shitty' and 'Going Underground' being printed. Either side of 'Ignite', on stage tomfoolery saw the band play small reggae snippets, which included short pieces of 'Happy Talk'.

Thursday 17 December 2015 - The Grand, Clitheroe

Set: Wait For The Blackout, Fan Club, History Of The World, Grimly Fiendish, Stranger On The Town, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Neat Neat Neat, Sanity Clause. encore - The Turkey Song, Under The Floor Again, New Rose, Nasty, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Dohnut.

Saturday 10 October 2015 - Butlin's, Skegness

Set: Street Of Dreams, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Disco Man, History Of The World, Nasty, Alone Again Or, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Fan Club, Happy Talk, Smash It Up.

Comments: The Great British Alternative Music Festival. The Damned appeared as Saturday headliners on the Centre Stage as part of The Great British Alternative Music Festival weekend. Other acts to play this stage on the night were Dreadzone and Goldblade. Note that Goldblade appeared after The Damned even though they weren't the headline act. The Damned proved by far the most popular band playing the headline slot on the Saturday (Alabama 3 were headlining the 'Reds' stage at the same time) - the queue to get in far exceeding the capacity for the Centre stage... and hence many punters not getting in to see The Damned. The set was played straight through with no encore break. Session drummer Stephen Gilchrist played this show in place of the absent Pinch.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Northumbria University, Newcastle

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Fan Club, Disco Man, History Of The World, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Smash It Up.

Comments: North East Calling one-day festival. Set played straight through with no encore break. Line-up for the event, and projected stage times was - Hi Fi Spitfires (13:00-13:30), Dogsflesh (13:45-14:15), Fire Exit (14:30-15:00), Restarts (15:15-15:45), Rubella Ballet (16:00-16:30), 999 (16:45-17:15), Anti-Nowhere League (17:30-18:15), Angelic Upstarts (18:30-19:20), The Exploited (19:50-20:50), The Damned (21:20-22:20). Additionally, ticket holders were allowed free access to watch Crashed Out at the 'after show party' upstairs from approximately 22:30. Note that early advertising showed Subhumans NOT Rubella Ballet in the line-up, however, Rubella Ballet were brought in as late replacements for Subhumans due to their guitarist Bruce Treasure having recently undergone heart surgery.

Friday 25 September 2015 - Ullapool

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Happy Talk, Nasty, Smash It Up.

Comments: Loopallu festival. Set played straight through with no encore break. Line-up for the Friday - Ullapool Pipe Band, Spring Break, Little Mammoths, Skipinnish, Khartoum Heroes, Reverend And The Makers, The Damned.

Thursday 24 September 2015 - Liquid Room, Edinburgh

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Disco Man, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support 'openers' on the night were The Media Whores, whilst Crashed Out preceded The Damned. A packed venue due to a sold-out show. Excerpts of 'Mull Of Kintyre' and 'Happy Talk' preceded 'Smash It Up.

Saturday 19 September 2015 - Bisley Pavilion

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Disco Man, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Undercover III Festival. The Damned headlined the 'Main Stage' on the Saturday of this 3-day festival. Advertised line-up for the Main Stage on the Saturday was Jon Lamb (12:05-12:30), Hazard (13:00-13:30), Kilter (14:00-14:30), R.E.D (15:00-15:30), Headstone Horrors (16:00-16:30), UK Ramones (17:00-17:30), Fighting Evil Is Cool (18:00-18:35), Menace (19:10-19:55), Spizzenergi (20:25-21:15), Chelsea (21:40-22:30), The Damned (23:00-00:30). 'Fan Club' was dedicated to Brian James ("who created all this lunacy") and Bryn Merrick ("who's sadly not with us"). On stage antics prior to 'Smash It Up' included Monty announcing that "tomorrow my sister marries the drummer out of the Johnny Moped Band, in Lewes, [and then jokingly] and you're all invited!"

Friday 18 September 2015 - Copper Rooms, Coventry

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Disco Man, Nasty, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Louise Distras. Prior to 'Alone Again Or', a period of banter and on-going guitar tuning was eventually broken by Captain Sensible requesting Monty cover for him... and Monty playing a short, random, musical piece on the keyboards. At the beginning of the encore, the Captain invited "any ladies like to come and dance to this song on the stage?" and after some hesitation first one, then another etc made there way to the stage. However, it soon became rather random, with about 5 woman and 3 men (including legendary Damned fan Johnno) on stage for a very lively 'Disco Man'... all watched over by some rather bemused looking security folk. The Captain joked with Johnno following 'Fan Club' and somehow, a short rendition of 'Happy Talk' led by Johnno ensued.prior to 'Smash It Up' (which was dedicated to recently deceased former Damned bassist Bryn Merrick).

Thursday 17 September 2015 - The Live Rooms, Chester

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Disco Man, Fan Club, Nasty, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Louise Distras. Much mirth at one point of the show was aimed at a chap that kept calling-out for 'Smash It Up' to be played during the early part of the set and continually calling out Captain's name to try to get his attention, culminating, prior to 'Ignite', in Dave Vanian saying something along the lines of "Calm your bubbly emotions madam, for God's sake! He's only a human being... he puts his trousers on one leg at a time, just like you" and another audience member aiming a loud "shut up" towards the individual. 'Nasty' was dedicated to recently deceased former Damned bassist Bryn Merrick. Prior to 'Smash It Up', Captain Sensible held up a newspaper billboard headline that he had 'acquired' during the day and asked "Jury Out In Chester Love Trial... what's that all about? Don't you allow shagging up here?... etc". A member of then audience then loudly explained the judicial case going through court involving a woman accused of tricking her female friend into sex, while disguised as a man, to much amusement both on stage and in the audience.

Wednesday 16 September 2015 - Fibber's, York

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Disco Man, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Louise Distras. Due to the Captain having sound issues after '13th Floor Vendetta', Monty played a short keyboard piece while things were rectified. Similarly, Monty again improvised following 'Eloise' whilst Captain's sound was sorted out. Prior to 'Smash It Up', the song and the set was dedicated to recently deceased former Damned bassist Bryn Merrick.

Sunday 13 September 2015 - Double Door, Chicago, Illinois

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Disco Man, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Advertised as an official Riot Fest aftershow. Support from Twin River.

Saturday 12 September 2015 - Douglas Park, Chicago, Illinois

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Disco Man, Wait For The Blackout, Ignite, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Smash It Up (part 2 only).

Comments: Riot Fest and Carnival. The Damned played 'The Rise' stage on the Saturday of this 3-day festival. Schedule for The Rise stage on the Saturday was - Steve Ignorant and Paranoid Visions (12:40-13:10), GWAR (13:40-14:10), The Damned (14:40-15:25), Pennywise (16:10-16:55), Alexisonfire (17:40-18:40) and Rancid (19:40-20:55). The Damned dedicated the set to former Damned bassist Bryn Merrick who, following a battle with cancer, passed away at Cardiff's University Hospital Llandough in the UK on 12 September. The set was played straight through with no encore break.

Friday 11 September 2015 - Bogart's, Cincinnati, Ohio

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Antipope, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Twin River.

Thursday 10 September 2015 - The Shelter, Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit, Michigan

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - [see comments].

Comments: Support from Dirty Fences and Twin River. Details of the encore are unclear, it is known to have included 'Nasty', 'Wot' (following an audience member shouting out for it) and 'Smash It Up'. However, it is thought to have also included 'Fan Club'... and possibly 'Disco Man'. Any running order for this encore remains unknown.

Sunday 6 September 2015 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from C J Ramone. Yet again, The Damned sold-out another show on their US tour. A short piece of 'Happy Talk' was played at the beginning of the encore (an online quote read 'As they got back on stage for the encore, Cap stopped at Monty's keyboard and played and sang a bit of 'Happy Talk'').

Saturday 5 September 2015 - The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, California

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Disco Man, Nasty, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from C J Ramone. Another sold-out show that The Damned played in the USA on this tour. A short whimsical piece of 'Mull Of Kintyre' preceded 'Smash It Up' with Pinch then jokingly saying "thankyou, goodnight", and rising as if to leave the drum stool.

Friday 4 September 2015 - House Of Blues, Anaheim, California

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up. [but see comments].

Comments: Support from C J Ramone. The first of a few sold-out shows that The Damned played in the USA on this tour. 'Disco Man' also featured in the encore - but it is unclear where it was played (there are indications 'out there' that suggest it was played prior to 'Smash It Up'... but some sets posted on the web for this tour are known to be incorrect, thus it remains unconfirmed with certainty where in the set it was played. 'Nasty' was preceded by a short rendition of 'This Will Be The Last Time'.

Thursday 3 September 2015 - Sycuan Casino, El Cajon, California

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, Smash It Up. [but see comments].

Comments: No support act on this evening. Though not on the setlist on the night, 'Happy Talk' is known to have been an addition to the actual set played above, however, it is unclear where in the set it was played - the beginniing of the encore would be the usual place to put an addition such as this, but some reports indicate that it may have been played prior to 'New Rose'.

Tuesday 1 September 2015 - Fox 5 News, San Diego, California

Set: Love Song, Neat Neat Neat.

Comments: Not a gig 'as such'… but still a live appearance, The Damned played on the Fox 5 morning news programme in support of their US tour. Only 'Love Song' was broadcast in it's entirety… as the broadcast was cut, the band had just began playing 'Neat Neat Neat' and off camera, a 'mini-mosh' took place between some band members and The Fox 5 News team.

Saturday 29 August 2015 - National Western Complex, Denver, Colorado

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, History Of The World, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Nasty, Eloise, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Smash It Up.

Comments: Riot Fest and Rodeo. The Damned played 'The Rock' stage on the Saturday of this 3-day festival. Schedule for The Rock stage on the Saturday was - Souvenirs (12:30-13:00), Bayside (13:30-14:15), GWAR (15:00-15:45), The Damned (16:30-17:30), Thrice (18:30-19:30), Alkaline Trio (20:30-21:30) and Rancid (22:30-23:45). The sound was marred towards the beginning of the set, firstly by Dave Vanian taking a microphone to the stage that was not plugged-in (resulting in no lead vocal towards the start of 'Love Song'), and secondly due to Stu West having equipment problems (his tuner went dead at the start of the set, followed by the amp going silent). The Crew managed to get a sound from it, only for it to die again during 'I Just Can't Be Happy Today'. By sometime during 'Wait For The Blackout', the offending amp was eventually replaced. The Damned's set was played straight through with no encore break.

Friday 28 August 2015 - Marquis Theatre, Denver, Colorado

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Street Of Dreams, Fan Club, Nasty, Smash It Up.

Comments: Advertised as an official Riot Fest aftershow. Meat Wave played as the support band.

Friday 21 August 2015 - Serenissima, Brescia, Italy

Set: Street Of Dreams, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Grimly Fiendish, Disco Man, 13th Floor Vendetta, History Of The World, Nasty, Alone Again Or, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Shadow Of Love, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Music and Festa di Radio Onda D'Urto - The XXII Celebration of Radio shock wave. Support from Senzabenza and Riccobellis. Session drummer Stephen Gilchrist played this show in place of the absent Pinch.

Saturday 15 August 2015 - St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Alone Again Or, Eloise, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Red Raucous. During the build-up to 'Ignite', a short excerpt of 'The Snooker Song' was sung. Yet again, Captain Sensible mentioned the intended Damned show at The Royal Albert Hall in May 2016 as part of the The Damned's 40th anniversary celebrations.

Friday 14 August 2015 - The Assembly Hall, Worthing

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Alone Again Or, Eloise, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Red Raucous. A short excerpt of 'Happy Talk' was played prior to 'Nasty' in the encore. Once again, the Captain took time prior to 'Smash It Up' to 'plug' the intended Damned show at The Royal Albert Hall in May 2016 as part of the The Damned's 40th anniversary celebrations.

Thursday 13 August 2015 - Ocean Room, Pavilion, Weymouth

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Alone Again Or, Eloise, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Perfect Sunday, Nasty, Fan Club, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Red Raucous (some advertising showed the support as Gravedale High, but this was simply an error). 'Ignite' was greatly drawn-out with on stage banter. Prior to 'Alone Again Or', much banter revolved around the On The Buses TV character 'Blakey', played by actor Stephen Lewis, who passed away aged 88 on 12 August. 'Alone Again Or' was therefore dedicated to Blakey. The band, and Dave Vanian in particular, seemed to have the crowd in the palm of their hands by this part of the show and another song to be greatly drawn-out was 'Eloise' as, for effect, they made the audience wait for the song finale. Comments regarding Cliff Richard after 'Eloise' saw the band play a short rendition of 'Move It'. Improvisation during 'Neat Neat Neat' included some guitar work taken from 'Happy Talk'. The encore began with the Captain stating that the current dates were "our seaside tour of Britain"... to which Dave Vanian broke into a short piece of 'Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside' wiith Pinch accompanying on drums. Captain Sensible took time prior to 'Smash It Up' to 'plug' the intended Damned show at The Royal Albert Hall in May 2016 as part of the The Damned's 40th anniversary celebrations.

Friday 7 August 2015 - Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Set: Melody Lee, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Nasty, Plan 9 Channel 7, Fan Club, Antipope, Eloise, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Noise Noise Noise, Smash It Up.

Comments: Rebellion Festival. The Damned played The Empress Ballroom. Line-up for this room on the Friday was - In Evil Hour (14:30-15:10), Dirtbox Disco (15:30-16:10), Gimpfist (16:30-17:15), King Prawn (17:35-18:20), Peter And The Test Tube Babies (18:40-19:25), Subhumans (19:45-20:35), Ruts DC (20:55-21:45), UK Subs (22:05-23:05), The Damned (23:25-00:30), Sham 69 (00:55-02:00). The Damned's set was played straight through with no encore break.

Sunday 7 June 2015 - The Roadmender, Northampton

Set: Melody Lee, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Alone Again Or, Eloise, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Topos Locos. Joining the band on stage for the encore were Damned fans, Johnno (a legend in Damned circles), and Olivia (recently married).

Saturday 6 June 2015 - The Roundhouse, London

Set: Melody Lee, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Alone Again Or, Eloise, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Rubbet Ballet and Johhny Moped. Prior to 'Smash It Up', the Captain announced to the audience that The Damned would play at The Royal Albert Hall in 2016 as part of the The Damned's 40th anniversary celebrations.

Friday 5 June 2015 - The Cheese and Grain, Frome

Set: Melody Lee, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Alone Again Or, Eloise, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Happy Talk, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from The Worried Men. Additionally, Ghost Of The Avalanche played the aftershow in the foyer. Yet again, the Captain did a shortened first verse of the 'Crumble Song' (as performed by Lorraine Bowen recently on the 'Britains Got Talent' TV show) - this time following 'Happy Talk'.

Thursday 4 June 2015 - The Phoenix, Exeter

Set: Melody Lee, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Happy Talk, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Some Sort Of Threat. Prior to 'Nasty', the Captain again did a shortened first verse of the 'Crumble Song' (as performed by Lorraine Bowen recently on the 'Britains Got Talent' TV show). In the build-up to 'Happy Talk', Dave Vanian... and then the Captain also, broke into a short piece of 'My Old Man's A Dustman'.

Wednesday 3 June 2015 - The Brook, Southampton

Set: Disco Man, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Nasty, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Black Kat Boppers. Roy, 'Captain Barrington-White' of The Dr Spacetoad Experience, appeared on stage during the encore break... encouraging the audience to cheer for more and staying on stage briefly when The Damned reappeared.

Tuesday 2 June 2015 - The Guildhall, Gloucester

Set: Disco Man, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Happy Talk, Wot, Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Stretcher Case, Smash It Up.

Comments: First gig of short 6-night UK tour. Support from Lila J. Prior to 'History Of The World', Monty suggested a dedication to Lorraine Bowen (a recent contestant on the 'Britains Got Talent' TV show) - Captain Sensible picked-up on this and did a shortened first verse of her 'Crumble Song'. Following 'Wot', the Captain played the opening riffs to 'Day Tripper' - Dave Vanian soon joined in, but with the vocals to 'Pretty Woman' and the song soon disintegrated. 'Stretcher Case' was played following a request from within the audience for something off the Music For Pleasure album.

Sunday 31 May 2015 - The Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany

Set: Disco Man, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Fan Club, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up.

Comments: The Damned were booked for 2 successive nights in celebration of 20 years of The Wild At Heart venue. No support.

Saturday 30 May 2015 - The Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Plan 9 Channel 7, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, History Of The World, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Alone Again Or, Antipope, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Melody Lee, I Feel Alright, Jet Boy Jet Girl, Smash It Up.

Comments: The Damned were booked for 2 successive nights in celebration of 20 years of The Wild At Heart venue. No support. The actual set on the night differed from the written setlist - 'Melody Lee' was an addition and 'Jet Boy Jet Girl' was played instead of the intended 'Nasty'.

Saturday 16 May 2015 - The Ritz, Manchester

Set: Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Neat Neat Neat, Stranger On The Town, Fan Club, History Of The World, Antipope, Disco Man, Plan 9 Channel 7, Eloise, New Rose, Smash It Up.

Comments: North West Calling one-day festival. Line-up for the event, and projected stage times - though this did alter slightly on the day, was Super Fast GS (12:25-12:50), Middle Finger Salute (13:00-13:25), Ed Banger and The Nosebleeds (13:40-14:10), Control (14:25-14:55), Dirt Box Disco (15:10-15:40), Chelsea (15:55-16:25), GBH (16:40-17:25), UK Subs (17:40-18:25), Angelic Upstarts (18:40-19:25), The Damned (19:55-20:55), The Exploited (21:20-22:20). Session drummer Stephen Gilchrist again deputised for the absent Pinch - Stephen's sixth appearance with The Damned since November 2013. The Damned's set was played straight through with no encore.

Sunday 26 April 2015 - The Pavilion, Whitby

Set: Beauty Of The Beast, Street Of Dreams, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Grimly Fiendish, Plan 9 Channel 7, 13th Floor Vendetta, History Of The World, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Eloise, Under The Floor Again, Limit Club, Shadow Of Love, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Curtain Call, There'll Come A Day, New Rose, Disco Man, Smash It Up.

Comments: Whitby Goth Weekend appearance. Other bands due to perform on the Sunday were William Control, Doctor and The Medics, Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons. Apparently, Dave Vanian 'fluffed' the lyrics to 'Under The Floor Again'... abandoning them totally and letting Captain Sensible finish the song with the guitar solo. The contributor that provided this information also stated 'a brief rendition of 'Happy Talk' was played during the encore numbers with Dave Vanian doing the guitar bit vocally, and then Captain Sensible doing a very odd song about a chocolate bar'.

Saturday 25 April 2015 - O2 ABC, Glasgow

Set: Disco Man, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Ignite, History Of The World, Eloise, Nasty, Antipope, Noise Noise Noise, New Rose, I Feel Alright, Neat Neat Neat, Smash It Up.

Comments: Scotland Calling one-day festival. Line-up and scheduled times - Skizofrenik (12:45-13:10), 4 Past Midnight (13:20-13:45), Fire Exit (13:55-14:20), Dirt Box Disco (14:35-15:05), Control (15:20-15:50), Goldblade (16:05-16:35), UK Subs (16:50-17:30), Anti-Nowhere League (17:45-18:25), Angelic Upstarts (18:40-19:25), The Damned (19:50-20:50), The Exploited (21:15-22:15). Additionally, the ticket gave free entry to the aftershow, downstairs in the O2 ABC2, which was due to feature La BrassBanda, The Red Eyes and Vice Squad. Captain Sensible joined La Brassbanda on stage to perform firstly 'Smash It Up' and then 'Wot'.

Friday 24 April 2015 - St Peter's Campus, North Shore, Sunderland

Set: Disco Man, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, Fan Club, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Noise Noise Noise, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Plan 9 Channel 7, Antipope, I Feel Alright, Happy Talk, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from La BrassBanda and Angelic Upstarts. Captain Sensible joined La BrassBanda on stage to perform first 'Wot' and secondly 'Smash It Up'. Prior to 'Eloise', Dave Vanian briefly sang 61 today because of Captain Sensible's 61st birthday this day - the audience soon vocalised a happy birthday to you... which quickly descended into the normal chant of Sensible's a wanker.

Thursday 23 April 2015 - The Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Set: Disco Man, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, Fan Club, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, Noise Noise Noise, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Limit Club, Antipope, I Feel Alright, Plan 9 Channel 7, Smash It Up.

Comments: Support from Louise Distras. The Damned attempted some numbers during the soundcheck that weren't aired at Holmfirth, partly in preparation for Whitby Goth Festival on the Sunday, these included 'There'll Come A Day', 'Magic Potion' and 'Beauty Of The Beast'. Banter during the show included references to Adam Ant and sleeveless T-Shirts. Tomfoolery at the beginning of the encore included a snippet of 'Shaddap You Face' (Joe Dolce), and between 'I Feel Alright' and 'Plan 9 Channel 7' included snippets of 'Call Me' (Petula Clark / Chris Montez), 'Wot' (Captain Sensible), 'Black Night' (Deep Purple) , 'My Coo Ca Choo' (Alvin Stardust) and just a few bars of 'Whole Lotta Love' (Led Zeppelin).

Saturday 18 April - Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain

Set: Disco Man, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, Fan Club, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Eloise, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Plan 9 Channel 7, Antipope, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up.

Comments: Completion of 3-night Spanish tour. Support from The Lie Detectors.

Saturday 18 April - The Aquarium, Claremont Pier, Lowestoft

Comments: Proposed punk all dayer to be headlined by The Damned, with Broker, Menace, 16 Guns, Knock Off, The Dukes Of Bordello. However, never officially announced and soon after the local advertising appeared the following statement was issued - 'It is with regret that Andy and I have to announce that The Damned / Totally Punked show is not going to go ahead as originally planned. The Damned have had to pull out due to unforeseen circumstances. We are going to go ahead with this show but in a different format, so please keep this day free as we shall endeavour to make it as good as possible.'.

Friday 17 April - Razz 2, Barcelona, Spain

Set: Disco Man, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, Fan Club, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Antipope, Eloise, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Shadow Of Love, Nasty, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up.

Comments: Second night touring Spain. Support from Motorzombies.

Thursday 16 April - Sala Arena, Madrid, Spain

Set: Street Of Dreams, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, Fan Club, History Of The World, 13th Floor Vendetta, Ignite, Stranger On The Town, Antipope, Eloise, Disco Man, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat. encore - Alone Again Or, Nasty, Shadow Of Love, I Feel Alright, Smash It Up.

Comments: First night of 3 Spanish dates. No support band.

Wednesday 18 March - House of Vans at the Mohawk, Austin, Texas

Set: Wait For The Blackout, Lively Arts, Silly Kids Games, Love Song, Second Time Around, Ignite, Eloise, Stranger On The Town, New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose, Smash It Up (part 2 only).

Comments: The Damned played the outdoor stage at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Music, Film and Interactive festival to tie in with the us premiere of the film 'The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead'. Schedule for this stage - 20:00 Girlpool, 21:00 Alvvays, 22:00 Metz, 23:00 The Damned, 00:00 Thee Oh Sees, 01:00 Future Islands.

Saturday 31 January - The Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Set: Street Of Dreams, Love Song, Second Time Around, I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Disco Man, Shadow Of Love, Stranger On The Town, Neat Neat Neat, History Of The World, Fan Club, Plan 9 Channel 7, Grimly Fiendish, Alone Again Or, Eloise, Looking At You, New Rose. encore - White Rabbit, Nasty, Democracy, Smash It Up.

Comments: Grauzone Festival - a 2-day festival with bands due to appear on the Saturday - DAF, The Damned, Mick Harvey, Clan Of Xymox, Membranes, Lola Colt, Zounds, The Woken Trees, The Oscillation, Shopping. Session drummer Stephen Gilchrist again deputised for the absent Pinch.


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