February 28th 2017 – 7:00 pm – , Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Bricks & Mortar Design Limited presents

The Damned live in Hong Kong: The Damned, The Pansies

UK’s punk rock legends celebrate their milestone 40th anniversary this year and to celebrate with their overseas disciples, the band will be heading to Hong Kong, to perform on 28th of February to play a special set of their biggest and best songs.

The Damned have always ranked as Number Three among Britain’s original punk bands, after the Sex Pistols and the Clash but as the sole legitimate survivor of the first punk wave they finally get the recognition their fans have always given them.

Prime movers on the London scene in 1976, they released UK punk’s first single, and its first album, before also being the first to split up, albeit fleetingly, in autumn 1977. On the legendary Anarchy tour of December ’76, they fell foul of the Pistols’s manager, Malcolm McLaren. The tour was banned outright across the country, but the Damned wanted to play for their fans, and were ostracized by the others for shying away from confronting the establishment. That set the tone for 4 decades to come……..

Although they shifted to a more goth-rock sound in the ’80s, The Damned have a significant place in punk history, being the first punk act from the United Kingdom to tour the United States, release an album—their 1977 debut, Damned Damned Damned—and release a single. The Damned proceeded to make a run of stone-cold classic albums and singles. There'd be plenty of low points amidst the highs, to be sure, but it's hard to argue with the results

The Damned are soon to be back in the studio recording a new album before embarking on their 40th anniversary tour this spring. The band has had plenty of lineup changes over the past four decades, but lead singer David Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible remain. The singer and the guitarist will be headed stateside, along with long term members Monty Oxymoron, Andrew “Pinch” Pinching, and Stu West beginning their extensive tour in 2017 with a show at the Music Zone at Kowloon KITEC on February 28th, 2017.

Expect the unexpected and this band will never disappoint you. With the longest stable line up in their history, a new album in 2017, a never ending tour schedule, and with fans worldwide still demanding their attention, the Damned enter 2017 vital and energized and ready for many more years of Anarchy, Chaos and Destruction.

Local Hong Kong teenage punk band The Pansies will be the opening act.  Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets for Hong Kong show are now available at thepointofsale.hk 
Official Hotel:  Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Further information please email contact@undergroundhk.com or (852) 9486 4648

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Advance Ticket 預售門票HK$650

The Damned

The Damned formed in 1976, and played their first gig supporting The Sex Pistols at the 100 Club. They were the first of the London punk bands to release a single, 'New Rose', on the independent record label Stiff Records. 

Brian James, left in 1978. The band splintered, but after a series of brief side projects and solo recordings, they reformed. Sensible had switched to guitar and keyboards. and the bassist position was filled by Algy Ward, formerly of The Saints. The band gained a deal with Chiswick Records, and went back to the studio to record another album. 

The Damned released a series of singles leading up to 1979's Machine Gun Etiquette, which featured a strong 1960s garage rock influence. They had established a dark, melodic style that was sometimes fast and loud, and other times relaxed with dominant keyboards. 

From the beginning, Vanian affected a vampire-like appearance onstage, with chalk-white makeup and formal dress. With The Black Album, the band turned into a proto-gothensemble. Ward had left at this point, and was replaced by Paul Gray. The band released the album Strawberries featuring new full-time keyboardist Roman Jugg in 1982. Sensible played a last concert with the band at Brockwell Park (from which a bootleg was issued, called Captain's Last Stand), before he left to pursue a solo career, and Jugg took over the guitar slot. 

With Sensible gone, Vanian's Gothic influence took over unimpeded, and his smart crooning and spooky theatricality ended up more or less founding goth rock inadvertently.

The Phantasmagoria album followed. Phantasmagoria's official follow-up, Anything (1986), was another critical and commercialflop, which ended the band's record deal and original run. However, the non-album single "Eloise," a cover of a 1968 hit by Barry Ryan, was a success. 

The Damned received exposure to a new audience when two groups each covered a Damned song: Guns N' Roses recorded "New Rose" for their "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993), while The Offspring covered "Smash It Up" for the Batman Forever soundtrack (1995). 

In 1993, a new line-up of The Damned appeared featuring Scabies, Vanian, guitarists Kris Dollimore (formerly of The Godfathers), and Alan Lee Shaw, and bassist Moose Harris in 1995. They toured regularly following the release of a new full-length album, Not of This Earth. The Damned split, yest again, partly as the result of legal battles.

Sensible rejoined Vanian in 1996 and yet another incarnation of The Damned appeared. This featured bassist Patricia Morrison, previously of The Sisters of Mercy. In 2001, the band released Grave Disorder and this has been followed by continual touring. Morrison and Vanian were eventuallymarried and they have a daughter, Emily, born on February 9, 2004. While she has been replaced by ex-English Dog Stu West, her return to the band's lineup in the future has not been ruled out. .

In 2006 The Damned released the new single "Little Miss Disaster", and the live DVD MGE25 documenting the 25th anniversary of Machine Gun Etiquette.

The Pansies

 Local HK band formed in 2014; loud, fast and to the point. They've played in numerous venues in Hong Kong, from Orange Peel bar to the mainstage of the Picnic in the Park festival. Their influences are The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Clash, The Ramones...etc and they play punk.