Cheeseburger Saturday Night will not be seen tonight, due to the special Saturday Concert Blog already in progress.
I was really into punk rock in the late ‘70’s, early ‘80’s and one of favorite punk bands was The Damned. They were the first English punk band to have a single, New Rose and their debut album, Damned Damned Damned is a classic punk rock album. Well, they’ve reformed (vocalist, Dave Vanian and bassist/guitarist Captain Sensible remain from the original lineup along with, Monty Oxy Moron on keyboards,, Stu West on bass and Pinch on drums) and are currently on a 35th anniversary tour (Yikes, I feel old!) and they’re playing at Irving Plaza tonight. My friend and co-worker Brian told me about it at work and then said he had an extra ticket and would I like it? Three words says it all: Neat, neat, neat!
Here we are at Irving Plaza.
Inside I ran into my friend Eric, his brother Scott and there's Brian on the right, the man responsible for getting me in the door.
It's starting to fill up. The show is completely sold out tonight. Nice to know there's still a lot of Damned fans out there.
I've always loved concert t-shirts and thought I'd take a photo of some of them in the crowd. Here's the Cramps.
Electric Frankenstein. Never heard of them, I'll have to check out YouTube later and see if I can find them.
Here's a t-shirt from the Iggy and the Stooges reunion tour a few years back.
Cool Misfits shirt.
And you can't be at a punk rock show in New York and not run into a Ramones t-shirt.
Here's a shot from the upstairs balcony, lots of people here tonight.
And here they are: The Damned. They kicked the concert off with my favorite Damned song, "Neat, Neat, Neat."
I need to get closer to get some better shots of the band.
Holy fuckballs, it's packed down here. My claustrophobia is kicking in big time.
The closest I got was the back of this guy's head.
I retreated to the bar and took some shots from the video screen on the wall. Lead vocalist, Dave Vanian.
Captain Sensible looks exactly like he did back in 1976!
Here's drummer Pinch.
Monty Oxy Moron on keyboards was a madman! A real showman and bundle of energy.
It was a great show! Thanks again to Brian for getting me the ticket! See you tomorrow after dark.
Bonus Photos by Jaws!
After my post on Just Bulbs a while back, MAD commenter and author, Jaws the Cabbie sent away for some bulbs. They arrived and he sent in this photo. Very nice, thanks for the update and photos, Jaws!
What can you get at Just Bulbs?