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The Damned 35th Anniversary Tour Hits San Diego

Seminal punk band performs two classic albums

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In celebration of 35 years of service to the punk rock community, legendary British punk band The Damned will be embarking on a brief U.S. tour that will bring them to San Diego’s House of Blues where they’ll perform two of their classic albums, Damned Damned Damned and The Black Album, in their entirety.

Since forming in 1976, The Damned has been one of the most sought after groups in the underground community, forging a path for both goth and punk bands throughout the last 35 years. Founded in London, England by Dave Vanian (David Letts), Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns) and Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) the band was one of the first U.K. punk bands to emerge from the thriving London scene, which spawned such legendary groups as The Clash, Sex Pistols and Generation X.

One of the group’s first notable achievements was being the first of the London punk bands to release a single, “New Rose” through the independent label Stiff Records. The single was embraced by the underground community and helped establish the band as a force to be reckoned with, featuring a blistering b-side of an ultra-fast cover of The Beatles classic rock and roll anthem, “Help!”

The Damned released their debut album, Damned Damned Damned on February 18, 1977 to positive reviews and were once again the first punk band from London to release a full length album. Damned Damned Damned was re-released in 2007 to commemorate its’ 30 year anniversary with an expanded edition in a three box set that contained the complete album, plus 26 demos, b-sides, plus several non-LP singles and some of the bands’ first live recordings from performances around England, including their set at the first Punk Rock Festival in the summer of 1976.

Several years later, the group released their fourth LP, The Black Album. The record was released as a double album with the centerpiece being a theatrical 17–minute goth song, “Curtain Call” which has grown to become a fan favorite over the years. The Damned will play two sets at San Diego’s House of Blues on November 1 – the first set will consist of the band playing Damned Damned Damned and the second set will be The Black Album, culminating with the epic closer, “Curtain Call.”

Filmmaker Wes Orshoski will be following the band on this tour for an upcoming documentary on the bands’ 35th anniversary. Opening the show will be Southern Californian punk mainstays, Manic Hispanic.

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