Dave Vanian of The Damned, photo by Deb Frazin

Deb Frazin Photo Column—The Damned

(click for full size)

The Damned are one of my favorite punk bands, and I was stoked when a friend of mine offered me one of his extra tickets to their show at The Belasco at the very last minute. I raced down to the venue, found free street parking one block away, and ran into the venue.

I was late, but somehow, I was able to walk right up to the front just as Alice Bag hit the stage (perfect timing). Alice tore it up (as usual).

As I was waiting for The Damned to hit the stage, my bad back was really starting to kill me. It was so bad, I didn’t know how I was going to make it through the rest of the show, and the thought of leaving was really bumming me out. The Damned finally hit the stage, and the entire crowd pushed toward the front, which was just what the doctor ordered, because each push felt amazing on my back! It was like getting a chiropractic adjustment throughout the entire set!

This particular Damned show was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Very memorable. They played almost every song I wanted to hear—it was hit after hit after hit! The things I remember the most about this show was Alice Bag and her husband Greg dancing their asses off at the side of the stage, and the band playing an extremely moving version of “Alone Again Or.” Three years later, and I still always think about them playing that song. I also met two of my best friends at that show. It was a very special evening.

This is one of the classics they played that night (it’s been my theme song during these long days of Covid-19)!