The Damned, Radkey, The Darts


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The Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90028
Although the hope that The Damned will ever reunite with such crucial early members as guitarist Brian James and frenetic drummer Rat Scabies seems to be an increasingly unlikely possibility, lead singer Dave Vanian and irrepressible guitarist/keyboardist Captain Sensible still strike some sparks onstage. With production from legendary David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, The Damned’s latest record, Evil Spirits, is the British band’s first album in a decade, although it lacks the punk-rock energy and memorable melodies of 2008’s surprisingly engaging So, Who’s Paranoid? It sounds like Vanian is attempting some kind of political statement with new songs such as “Look Left” and “Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow,” but the lyrics are too vague to amount to much, and the music is closer to the bombastic but hollow pop of The Damned’s mid-’80s efforts rather than the exhilarating, madcap intensity of their early punk classics.
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