REVIEW: The Damned at O2 Southampton Guildhall
Legendary Punk band The Damned, rocked up to rock out The Guildhall for a rescheduled show from this years UK tour to promote the new album ' Evil Spirits' which famously gave them their first top ten record for a generation.
Uber cool lead singer Dave Vanian, dressed in black leather jacket and black shades looked in fine shape and his rich baritone voice seems to improve with age.
Â Star of the show though was bassist Paul Gray who has returned to the band after a long abscence and given the band a new lease of life.From the opening 'Plan 9 Channel 7' to Love Song the band have never sounded better.
Then the ' Curse of the Damned' struck, first broken strings, then broken keyboards which took 2 songs to fix, Â with 'New Rose' bumped up the setlist whilst Monty Oxymoron looked on bewildered.
Â Things were starting to look shaky until a fine ' Eloise' restored some order.Thankfully Â the band have enough songs in the locker to save the day, an extended Â version of 'Neat, Neat, Neat' was followed by and encore of the ubiquitous 'Smash it Up' and the MC5's 'Looking at You'.