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The Damned’s Original Line-Up To Reunite For 2021 UK Tour

Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible will be appearing on stage with drummer Rat Scabies and guitarist Brian James for the first time in over 25 years.

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The Damned have announced a UK tour for summer 2021. You can see the full schedule below.

The punk legends released their first album in a decade, Evil Spirits, in 2018, and last performed live the following year at the London Palladium.

However, it has now been confirmed that the band’s original line-up – Dave Vanian, Brian James, Rat Scabies and Captain Sensible – will reunite for “one tour only” next July.

Kicking off at London’s Eventim Apollo on July 9, the stint also includes appearances in Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester. Tickets go on general sale at 10am this Friday, October 23.

The UK tour will mark The Damned’s 45th anniversary and is set to focus on material from the group’s first two LPs – Damned Damned Damned and Music For Pleasure, both of which were released in 1977.

Drummer Rat Scabies (real name Christopher Millar) and guitarist Brian James will be appearing on stage with the group for the first time in over 25 years. Lead singer Vanian remains the only constant band member.

The current incarnation of The Damned released a new EP, ‘The Rockfield Files’, through Search & Destroy/Spinefarm Records last week. The EP features last recordings with long-time drummer Pinch, who departed The Damned after their legendary show at The London Palladium, last Halloween.

For the first time, Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Rammstein, Ghost) took over the production duties for the EP. Dalgety also mixed the tracks at his studio in Bath.

‘The Rockfield Files EP’ was released on October 16. It includes four new tracks and will be available in black and psychedelic swirl limited-edition vinyl.

The Damned’s original line-up play the following UK tour dates in 2021:

Fri July 09 2021 – LONDON Eventim Apollo
Fri July 16 2021 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat July 17 2021 – GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Sun July 18 2021 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo.

Listen to the best of The Damned on Apple Music and Spotify.

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