The DAMNED announce Feb 2022 tour dates plus support acts

THE DAMNED, 23-9-2020 © Jill Furmanovsky

THE DAMNED have rescheduled their UK tour to February 2022, plus announced all support acts for the shows including The SkidsThe WildheartsPenetrationTV Smith & The Bored Teenagers and Smalltown Tigers.

THE DAMNED original line-up reunited last year to share the details of their UK tour, originally set for July 2021, now rescheduled for February 2022. Founding members Dave VanianRat ScabiesCaptain Sensible and Brian James will play five shows in LondonBirminghamGlasgow and Manchester – tickets on sale now from AEG Presents, all original tickets will remain valid.

THE DAMNED will play two nights at London’s Eventim Apollo, joined by Dunfermline’s finest punk rockers The Skids on 18th February, where they will celebrate the 45th anniversary of their historic debut album DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED. Newcastle’s The Wildhearts will join them for their second London show on 19th February.

Penetration, the band behind classic punk rock single ‘Don’t Dictate’, and TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers, who will perform Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts, will each play a night in London and also play all regional dates. Italian trio Smalltown Tigers will play every show on the tour.

Ginger Wildheart of The Wildhearts says: “I’ve loved The Damned for a very long time – they are one of the few bands that the whole of The Wildhearts have in common. Our drummer Rich actually got the job because he liked The Damned and he’d been listening to them all the way up to the audition. It’s going to be brilliant and I’m so glad The Damned are doing these gigs as the original four members. Get yourself down there while we are all still breathing and making a noise.”
See all new dates below

THE DAMNED – NEW FEBRUARY 2022 TOUR DATES
FRI 11 FEB – GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY
with Penetration, TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers, Smalltown Tigers

SAT 12 FEB – MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO
with Penetration, TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers, Smalltown Tigers

WED 16 FEB – BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY
with Penetration, TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers, Smalltown Tigers

FRI 18 FEB – LONDON EVENTIM APOLLO
with The Skids, TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers, Smalltown Tigers

SAT 19 FEB – LONDON EVENTIM APOLLO
with The Wildhearts, Penetration, Smalltown Tigers

 The greatest surviving British punk band THE DAMNED formed in 1976, releasing the first ever UK punk single ‘New Rose’ over forty years ago. Considered one of the greatest songs from this period, THE DAMNED’s ‘New Rose’ brought focus on the burgeoning punk scene before any other group.

On their up-coming tour they will celebrate the iconic single, as well as perform tracks from the first two albums, B-sides and covers that the original line-up played.

THE DAMNED have an illustrious and extensive history, beginning in 1976 with ‘New Rose’ and with the release of their debut album DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED the following year. Produced by Nick Lowe (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker), it was the first full-length album released by a British punk band and included their now most-streamed song, ‘Neat Neat Neat’, currently on 18.2 million plays.

After dropping ‘New Rose’ and its B-side, a sped-up cover of The Beatles’ ‘Help’, THE DAMNED were asked by the Sex Pistols to be an opening act for the famous and ill-fated ‘Anarchy Tourof the UK’ in 1976. Alongside The Clash and Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers too, the band hit the road, but most of the dates were cancelled by organisers or local authorities, making it one of the most infamous tours in rock ‘n’ roll history.

Shortly after releasing their debut record in February 1977, THE DAMNED went on to support T.Rex on what would be their final tour before Marc Bolan’s tragic passing later that year. Bolan was famously a big fan of THE DAMNED and invited them on tour himself.

Soon after the T.Rex shows, THE DAMNED became the first UK punk band to tour the United States and play the renowned venue CBGB. Their spectacular performance at CBGB fully inaugurated the punk scene in America, sparking a revolution for many who attended that memorable first show Stateside.

At the beginning THE DAMNED were at the heart of London’s burgeoning punk scene and were a major influence for many. Now, over forty years later, after many different line-ups, multiple albums and nine Top 40 Singles, the original band are back together for one tour only.

They play London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester in February 2022, tickets on sale now.

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