CAPTAIN SENSIBLE, FEELING NO PAIN, RESUMES 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR SITTING ON ‘THRONE'
POSTPONED MONTREAL, BOSTON AND NEW YORK SHOWS RESCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS MONTH
THE DAMNED SIGN LABEL DEAL FOR NEW ALBUM IN THE WORKS
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Less than a week after Captain Sensible fell offstage at their sold out show in Toronto, resulting in a broken rib, The Damned were forced to postpone three shows this past week, including Montreal, Boston and New York (dates are rescheduled for later this month). On Saturday night, the band made a triumphant return at a sold out Stone Pony in Asbury Park - sitting on a specially built 'throne' created by his bandmates and crew, Captain appeared to be feeling no pain as he blasted through the 90 minute set (plus two encores), confirming that the 40th anniversary tour is definitely back on!
"As movement is a bit awkward currently, I played last night seated, but it all went swimmingly and this epic 40th Anniversary tour is now firmly back on the road. We've played some great venues on the trip... and Asbury Park's Stone Pony is up there with the best of 'em. But I have to say I wish I'd waited till here before backflipping off the stage, as this one was only 3 feet high. D'oh!”
The Damned also announce a new label deal with Raw Power Management, the international artist management company, who have signed the legendary band to their label, Search and Destroy, a joint venture with Spinefarm Records/Universal. This new venture will see The Damned release their first new album for nearly ten years on Search and Destroy. The as-yet-unnamed new album will be recorded this summer and is the follow up to, ‘So, Who’s Paranoid?’, which came out in 2008.
Formed in 1976, The Damned really need no introduction… As well as releasing the first ever British punk single and album, they also broke further new ground as the first UK punk act to tour America. Cited as one of the most influential punk groups of all time, they also contributed vastly to the gothic rock genre and influenced an entire generation of future hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag and Bad Brains, with their fast paced energetic playing style and attitude, as well as heavyweights such as Green Day and Guns ’N’ Roses (the latter acknowledged the debt when they covered “New Rose” on their 1993 album, ‘The Spaghetti Incident’). Along with the Sex Pistols and The Clash, the Damned helped spearhead the punk movement in the UK and they continue to wave the flag for originality, stick two fingers up to mediocrity and celebrate a DIY punk ethos in the face of plastic entertainment and scripted reality, four decades and ten albums later (and still on the road).
The band's hugely influential classic debut single, 'New Rose', celebrated its 40th anniversary last November with a limited edition 7” release via BMG. Featuring original artwork, picture disc and exclusive fold out poster, it's a must have collectable release of one of the most influential records of all time. Their classic debut long-player, ‘Damned Damned Damned’ (the very first British punk album), was originally released by Stiff Records on February 18th 1977 and, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s dramatic breakthrough, BMG also released a very special Art Of The Album: Deluxe Edition of that incredible debut album on February 17th, almost exactly 40 years to the day since its original issue.
Currently on a world tour, the band's two month North American run began in Los Angeles April 6th, and they also play a series of UK festivals this summer (check the band's website for details). David Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxymoron, Andrew 'Pinch' Pinching, and Stu West will head back into the studio after the North American dates to start work on a brand new album, their first since 2008's 'So, Who's Paranoid?' A pre-order link for the CD, colored vinyl, as well as exclusive merch (and experiences) is available at PledgeMusic. The band recenly signed to Search & Destroy and will have more details regarding the new record in the coming weeks.
See The Damned live – it will be a night out that you will remember for a very long time..
Remaining Tour Dates for The Damned
Go here to find out about VIP packages including meet and greet, photo opps, and 7" limited edition "New Rose"
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 ^^^ SOLD OUT
May 21- Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater ^^^
May 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^^^ (rescheduled date) SOLD OUT
May 24 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club ^^^ (rescheduled date) SOLD OUT
May 25 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda ^^^ (rescheduled date)
^^^ w/ The BellRays
"...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.”
"The Damned are a band of infinite depth and a wide variety of pleasures. Their catalog includes high-quality blurs of melodic punk, Beach Boys-ish flowery psych-pop, chiming, bittersweet post-punk, Moody Blues-ish bombastmopherics, spiraling goth and soaring faux soul, all brilliantly executed...With their predilection for both massive power and chaos and highly developed and subtle songwriting, they continue to be an effective and dramatic touring act, to this day."
New York Observer
“...across two sets, the band — which still features vampiric vocalist Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible — worked their way backwards, more or less, through their entire catalogue, delivering most of their best-loved songs along the way. Vanian’s voice is still in top form, and Captain Sensible provided the riffs and comic relief.Fantastic show.”
“Though they came out of, and in many ways ignited, the punk movement in the U.K., they were nothing like their peers. They weren’t angry or ugly or driven by rebellion. Rather, they aimed to take listeners on a riotous journey, a heady sound trip that delved into psychedelia and macabre rock, ominous aesthetics and aggressive, hook-driven sounds. Then they constantly changed things up with each subsequent release and live show, defining and then defying what punk rock has stood for over the last 40 years and counting.” LA Weekly
“Luckily for all of us, the Damned is celebrating the 40th anniversary of their notable genre breakthrough that put punk on the map! The band is tight, and the music sounds as fresh today as it was in 1976.” OC Weekly
“Never a group to be hung up on tradition or sentimentality, it is continuing its long trip by doing what it does best: laying down sets of bristling fury night after night, around the world.” Willamette Week
“The group brought the main set to a close with a double shot from the first album, roaring through the great “New Rose” –– one of the best punk rock songs of all time — and “Neat Neat Neat.” Wow. Truly, anyone who considers himself or herself a punk rock fan should be required to see the band perform those two songs in concert at least once.” San Jose Mercury News
“…the group still performs with the same relentless vigor and vitality that they did in London while punk was still in its infancy.”
San Francisco Weekly
“Vanian and Sensible are perfect stage foils, with Sensible being the light to Vanian’s darkness. Sensible is the absurdist entertainer who can draw all eyes in a venue in a matter of seconds with a ridiculous joke or guitar maneuver. Vanian’s stage presence is more subdued. He rarely calls attention to himself, but once he catches your eye, it’s hard to watch anyone else. …They’re firing on all cylinders.”
The Daily Emerald
‘…they’ve never sounded more alive.” Beat Route
“The Damned prove to be better than ever...Perfection.” Twin Cities
“The crowd was all smiles as one of the first and one of the greatest punk rock bands in history left the stage and proved again that they may be getting older but they are still one of the best live acts you can see with an amazing catalog of songs. Here’s hoping we get another forty years of having The Damned in our lives.” Punk Vinyl
“…peeling off vintage, vitriol-laced songs from its earliest LPs with the physicality of a bunch of besotted twenty-somethings.” AXS
“The Damned are like a fine wine,..they only get better with age. “ LA Record