Currently embarking on a US tour in support of their newest album, Evil Spirits, legendary British punk band, The Damned, headlined a sold out show at Irving Plaza in New York, NY on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Their record, which was produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Angélique Kidjo), is the Damned’s first full length release in a decade.
The Irving Plaza show was the second stop on the Evil Spirits tour (the previous night’s show took place in Boston) featuring The Darts (of Phoenix and Los Angeles) and Radkey (St. Joseph, MO). The evening began with a set by the garage psych rock band known as The Darts which features Nicole Laurenne, Rikki Styxx, Christina Nunez, and Michelle Balderrama (Brainspoon). Radkey is a trio of brothers (Isaiah, Solomon, and Dee Radke) who were homeschooled and inspired their newest single “Rock and Roll Homeschool.” They also performed songs such as “Red Letter,” “Love Spills,” and “Glore.” Their set featured lots of shredding and jumping around both on stage and a few people did the same in the audience.
The Damned took the stage just before 10PM and performed tracks from their latest record along with a few older ones from their catalog such as “1 of the 2,” “Eloise,” “Love Song,” “New Rose,” and “Neat Neat Neat.” The Damned sounded tight, with guitarist Captain Sensible occasionally delivering some light banter and singing lead vocals on “Silly Kids Games.” I left the venue extremely thankful that The Damned are still going strong over four decades after the band originally formed in London.