Original Damned and Lords Of The New Church guitarist and songwriter Brian James has announced a very special one-off show at the 100 Club next month.
The gig, on Wednesday 6 July celebrates the 40th Anniversary – to the day – of The Damned’s first ever gig, supporting the Sex Pistols at the legendary London venue.
Special guests on the night are hotly-tipped Brummie rockers and fellow Easy Action recording artists Black Bombers.
Billed as The Anniversary Waltz, the gig will also serve as a launch party for a new limited edition 7” coloured vinyl EP of the same name.
Tickets for the gig, priced £16.50, are available here https://www.wegottickets.com/100club/event/338900
With The Damned the subject of a major documentary, Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead?, Brian James made a triumphant return last year with the critically acclaimed album The Guitar That Dripped Blood.
Black Bombers’ self-titled debut album has just been released.
A member of legendary punk precursors The London SS, Brian James formed The Damned in 1976 with a string of UK punk firsts – first single and album (both on the legendary Stiff label), major support tour (with T Rex), US tour. They burned bright and fast, before James split to form Tanz Der Youth (replaced on Black Sabbath’s ’78 UK tour by Van Halen – the rest is history!) followed by Brian James’ Brains aka The Hellions. He then hooked up with Sex Pistol Glen Matlock to back Iggy Pop on his North American New Values tour.
In ’82 James teamed up with Sham 69 bassist Dave Tregunna, Dead Boys singer Stiv Bators and Barracudas drummer Nicky Turner in Lords Of The New Church, releasing three albums with considerable global success. James then saw off the 20th Century in supergroup Mad For The Racket alongside the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Blondie drummer Clem Burke and Duff McKagan from Guns’n’Roses. More recently he’s toured with old Damned buddy Rat Scabies as Scabies-James.
“I didn’t do this to be rich and famous. I started off because it’s the only thing I wanted to do in life, and it still is.”