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Original Damned line-up reunite for 2021 tour

By | Published on Thursday 22 October 2020

The Damned

Well, here’s a novel thing, given current circumstances. The original line-up of The Damned have announced that they’re getting back together.

Vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist Captain Sensible and drummer Rat Scabies appeared at The Roundhouse in Camden for a socially distanced press conference yesterday to confirm that they plan to tour together next summer for the first time since the early 1990s. The event also coincided with the 44th anniversary of the release of their debut single, ‘New Rose’.

The band acknowledged that they had chosen the “worst possible time” to get back together, and admitted that they had not yet had any rehearsals, but said that they were excited to get back on stage together again.

They also seemed unsure exactly when and where they would be playing. I can tell you though. They have four UK shows booked in, which they are currently insisting will be the only reunion dates. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Here are the listings:

9 Jul: London, Hammersmith Apollo

16 Jul: Birmingham, Academy

17 Jul: Glasgow, Academy

18 Jul: Manchester, Apollo