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The Damned O2 Academy, Leeds
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The Damned lead singer Dave Vanian
Being one of the most influential groups to come out of the punk scene, over 40 years on and the group are still going strong. A new album is out this spring and judging by the size of the Leeds audience, they appear to be as popular as ever.

Before they appear on stage dark brooding music plays - it sounded like the start of a Hammer Horror film, you half expect to hear Vincent Price's voice coming over the PA system.

The Damned - Captain Sensible
Through the dry ice lead singer Dave Vanian looks as menacing as ever: dark hair, dressed in black with his trademark microphone. Guitarist Captain Sensible looks just the same as he did in 1977, whilst bass player Paul Gray decides to wear a beret just like the good Captain.

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Vanian seldom speaks between songs with Captain Sensible doing most of the talking. They road tested some new songs off the new album but it was tracks such as New Rose, Love Song and Neat Neat Neat that got the mosh pit at the front of the stage going.

Their version of the Paul Ryan classic, Eloise still sounds like it should have been recorded by The Damned in the first place.

Genuinely surprised by the supportive reaction of the Leeds audience, by the time we got to Smash It Up, it confirmed that the spirit of 1977 still lives on.

The Damned O2 Academy, Leeds, 6th February 2018, 9:16 AM