The Damned to play 40th anniversary of British punk gig

7th June 2015, Comments 0 comments

The Damned are to play a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in May 2016 to mark 40 years since they released the first British punk single, the group announced.

The band will play a "three-hour setlist of every song we've ever recorded", guitarist Captain Sensible said Saturday night during a gig at the Roundhouse in north London at which they played some of their most famous hits, including "I Just Can't Be Happy Today", "Smash It Up", and their 1986 cover of Paul Ryan's "Eloise".

The concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which has a capacity of over 5,000, will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the punk combo's 1976 single "New Rose".

The Clash and the Sex Pistols will also celebrate their 40th anniversaries but "not until 2017", Sensible and keyboard player Monty Oxymoron joked Saturday in front of a crowd both excited and puzzled by the news.

Bookings for the concert on May 20, 2016 are already open on the Royal Albert Hall website.

© 2015 AFP

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