The Damned – Bristol Academy

Off to Bristol Academy tonight to see The Damned as an early birthday present. The traffic and roadworks conspired against us, not helped by Status Quo playing just around the corner, but we got there eventually.

After a few trips to the bar, the first band on were “The Avengers”. Reasonably competent, but a bit cliched. A reasonable cover version of a Rolling Stones (Paint It Black) track made up for an apparent lack of imagination during the rest of the set. The guitarist had obviously read the “cliched rock guitarist poses” manual and followed it to the letter.

Eventually the headline act appeared on stage, the sound wasn’t as good as when they played the Bierkeller 18 months ago, but an impromptu version of Disco Man helped to make up for it. It all seemed a bit rushed to get everything in before the 11pm curfew, but a rendition of Smash It Up in the encore helped keep everyone happy. Shame it seemed to finish all too soon.

Next week it’s off to Cambridge for New Model Army.

Setlist
Love Song
Second Time Around
I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
Antipope
New Rose
History of the World
I Fall
Looking At You
Would You Be So Hot
Magic Potion
Absinthe
Ignite
Eloise
Melody Lee
Neat Neat Neat
Jet Boy Jet Girl
Curtain Call
Noise Noise Noise
Smash It Up.

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6 Responses to The Damned – Bristol Academy

  1. alex says:

    That whole last entry made no sense to me seeing as its only 8:30pm and according to the blog you’ve already got stuck in roadworks, seen the gig and got home…

  2. rjw says:

    I invented a time machine next Thursday.

  3. alex says:

    ah that would explain it then…

  4. Father says:

    i’m confused.

  5. rjw says:

    Less confused now?

  6. alex says:

    now you’ll make everyone think i’m just making weird stuff up! tsk