Punk legends The Damned are the latest band to cancel their touring plans for the rest of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The band, who were formed in 1976, and released the UK’s first punk single, New Rose, the same year, were due to play three dates in September and one in November.

But the shows in Sheffield, Glasgow, Leeds and Aylesbury have been cancelled after the band decided to scrap their live plans for the rest of the year, due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the outbreak.

Guitarist Captain Sensible posted on the band’s Facebook page today: “Unfortunately, due to the ongoing issues with Covid-19 and live music, we’re going to have to cancel our UK shows in September.

“We’re making big plans for 2021, a very exciting year for The Damned, so will keep you updated on all that as new dates get confirmed.

“This Covid thing has been awful for anyone afflicted with it of course, but also to our way of life – shops and businesses are going bust left, right and centre, and what will be left when things get back to normal (note the omission of the word new, cos that means anything but normal) is anyone’s guess.

“But I’ll tell you something … I’m so desperate for a bit of live music I’d even pay to see a bloody Cliff and the Shads tribute act at the moment!

“We want to get this show out on the road again and are doing all in our power to make that happen … it’s a glorious noise The Damned makes.. and will hopefully coming to a stage near you sometime soon.”

The Damned’s most recent studio album, 2018’s Evil Spirits, was hailed as their best in years, and 2019 saw them release an acclaimed career-spanning retrospective called Black Is The Night: the Definitive Anthology.

Gary Welford
ipamusic.co.uk owner