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Photo Gallery: The Damned at Concord Hall • Chicago

| June 4, 2024

The Damned

Concord Music Hall

Chicago, IL

June 2, 2024

Recap and photos by Curt Baran

Although they’ve maintained a core of usual suspects, The Damned have certainly endured a revolving door of both personnel changes and musical directions.

This is not entirely surprising, considering the UK band is now entering its FIFTH decade as an ongoing concern. Formed in the late 1970s, the group found itself at the forefront of the nascent punk movement, which saw them as peers to The Clash and Sex Pistols, amongst others.

The current touring version of the outfit is arguably the most coveted. Singer Dave Vanian (he of the vampire paleness and Dracula vibes) and guitarist Captain Sensible have always been the most visible faces associated with the music. But for this current North American trek, they’ve reenlisted drummer Rat Scabies, bassist Paul Gray, and keyboardist Monty Oxymoron. It’s this tour that brought them to Concord Hall in Logan Square for a night of career overview.

The aging crowd that gathered was treated to an obese, twenty-something set list that tracked the band’s progression from punk rock urchins to the genesis of Goth rock and beyond and delivered performances that were so crisp and fully formed that it made those in attendance feel as if they were transported back to their youth. Except, of course, for Vanian. The Undead never fret about aging.




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