Punk legends The Damned announce Sunderland gig

The Damned''1979''Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian
The Damned''1979''Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian
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PUNK rock legends The Damned have announced they will be playing a rare Wearside gig.

Original members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible will take to the stage with the iconic band at North Shore, St Peter’s, on April 24.

They’ll be performing a greatest hits show featuring New Rose, Smash It Up, Love Song and their 80’s number two hit single Eloise.

It will be Captain Sensible’s birthday on the night of the gig and there’s a good chance he will be trying to get his own ‘80s number one hit, Happy Talk, added to the set.

Chris Monk, the band’s manager, said: “We are delighted to accept the offer to play Sunderland, the band always enjoy playing the North East.”

Also on the bill for the night will be the North East’s notorious punk bank Angelic Upstarts. The band’s founder member and front man Thomas Mensforth (Mensi) is looking forward to the show.

Black Cats fan Mensi, from South Shields, said: “Sunderland has always been our top gig since the late 70s and we are looking forward to playing alongside The Damned”

•Tickets for The Damned at North Shore are £15 and are available from Hot Rats, Sunderland or www.gigbox.co.uk.