Punk legends The Damned have announced a huge UK tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut single: ‘New Rose’. Spanning over 20 cities and towns, the extensive tour is coupled with news that the band is working on new material, due to be released in 2017.
Hailed as the first British punk single, ‘New Rose’ was released on 22nd October 1976, shaping the UK punk scene. Similarly, The Damned were also the first British punk band to release an album (‘Damned Damned Damned’ in 1977), and the first to tour America. With a reputation for being the most entertaining and high-energy of the original punk bands, they are a band that always delivers a hugely accomplished live set.
2016 has seen The Damned play at Coachella Festival, and a truly incredible three-hour long, completely sold-out gig at the London Royal Albert Hall in the summer. To round off an already incredible 40th anniversary year, the UK tour will be playing their legendary debut album ‘Damned Damned Damned’ in full, plus a career-spanning retrospective set.
Following the success of the critically acclaimed film documentary ‘Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’ in 2015, there will be a release of ‘Art Of The Album’ on CD, digital, and heavyweight vinyl LP as a special-edition of the classic debut album ‘Damned Damned Damned’. This will include extensive new sleeve notes, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album, and will be released in February 2017.
Even 40 years since their formation, The Damned remain to be one of the most gritty punk bands around. In the face of scripted reality, they are a beacon of originality, sticking two fingers up at the system, and mediocrity. Original members Captain Sensible and David Vanian may not have been expecting to still be touring 40 years later, but their music is still as necessary now as it was in 1976, and as a live band they are just as exciting and refreshing.