Saturday 24 November 2018
Pyramids Plaza, Portsmouth
The Damned started 2018 with a sprawling UK tour in January and February with former member Paul Gray back on bass, and they will end the year with another run of UK shows in November where the band will get the chance to set free their Evil Spirits.
Their new album Evil Spirits has occupied the number seven position in official UK album charts. It’s a big achievement for the punk rock born British legends, who, despite huge success in the seventies and eighties, never quite made the top ten and narrowly missed the chance in 1985 when Phantasmagoria peaked at number 11.
The huge swell of support from their fans, critics and aficionados however, has propelled the Tony Visconti produced Evil Spirits to the top and has shown the world just how relevant, forty-one years after their inception, The Damned still are. Never ones to play safe, the band always retained the energy of punk but were never content to stay within those narrow confines and ‘Evil Spirits’ continues in that progressive journey.
“Dave Vanian sounds as though he relishes every word he sings and Captain Sensible plays out of his skin.” 5/5 (The Express)
“The Damned have become, if possible, more eccentric and outrageous as they grow older.” (The Independent)
“The results are terrific.” 4/5 (Mojo)
“Stands up with the very best of the band’s back catalogue.” (Classic Rock)