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I'd love to see a one-off reunion show where all surviving members of the band turn up. Hawkwind tried this with their "Hawkestra" event, and that ended in farce, fights and litigation.

If a bunch of old hippies meeting up can end in mayhem, imagine what it would be like if all those Damned members were in the same place at the same time!

Chaos, Anarchy & Destruction? (Nah, they've already done that, eh?)  ;D

I'm right here (& never been far off).  8)

So far, there was no (official) word about a new drummer. Just some tour dates being announced.

Word among Damned fans often mentions Martin Parrot, drummer with Johnny Moped and The Sensible Gray Cells (who're recording a new album), but so far it's just a rumour.

World Chat / Re: Chrissie Hynde solo
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:14:28 PM »
Chrissie Hynde put this on her FB page (needless to say, some comments under it were useless and indicated that some of the "fans" on FB hadn't really read the whole letter):
An open Letter to Donald Trump, President of the United States

Dear Mr. President,

I often think of how much my father, Melville “Bud” Hynde, who proudly served his country as a Marine on Guadalcanal, would have enjoyed your Presidency. The other day when you gave that award to Rush Limbaugh, my father would have been so delighted. He loved listening to Rush, which is why I allowed my song, 'My City Was Gone', to be used on his radio show.

My father and I didn't always see eye-to-eye. We argued a lot, but isn’t that the American way? The right to disagree without having your head chopped off?

Soon, I will be participating in a protest in London against the extradition of Julian Assange. I know my father would be mortified, but I feel strongly enough to do what I believe is the right thing; to protest further punishment of a man who sought to defend Freedom, albeit in a way you rightly disagree with.

I know Mr. Assange broke the law (as i have done defending the treatment of animals) but I believe he has been duly punished and should now be set free.

Please consider my plea.

Yours truly,

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders

The Strange were great last night. Laboratorium in Stuttgart (eastern part of town) is a nice place, it's more of a pub with a stage though, which means it's seated - while that was perfect for the acoustic kind of set Distance Light & Sky played here last September (incl. Chris Eckman, who's also singer of The Strange), it's not ideal for "rock music". Never mind, I arrived shortly before they went on stage and most seats were occupied, so I kept standing (and rocking)… :D
(Later, some ladies got up and danced.)

I enjoyed very much to hear the new songs from the new album I'd listened to for months. The band sounded perfect (8 people on the small stage incl. a "horn section")!!
Audience loved them and asked them back for 2 encores. Glad I got to see them finally.

World Chat / Re: The Cure
« on: February 16, 2020, 10:44:27 AM »
Finally a little piece of album news…

“The first one will definitely be out soon, we’re wrapping it up now and it’s going to be mixed. But until it’s completed, no one will believe me. I look forward to it coming out more than anyone else, trust me!”

The Strange will supposedly be touring in February, but I've not seen any dates so far.  ::)

Short notice: just heard about their gig on 15/2! :o

World Chat / Re: (Extended) Return of The Godfathers?
« on: February 12, 2020, 04:30:54 PM »
I was amazed at how good they were. 4 great new songs too.

Good, I knew Peter Coyne wanted to do new stuff. Looking forward to the broadcast of their Rockpalast gig this spring.

World Chat / Re: The Great Brexit Mistake?
« on: February 04, 2020, 09:38:22 AM »

It's thought that the extra expenses incurred and added paperwork relating to Visas, taxation and transporting equipment and merchandise will make crossing the Channel  “completely unviable” for new and mid-level artists. Tens of thousands have already signed a petition by the Musicians’ Union calling for a new passport that will allow acts and crew to travel freely between EU member states, ridding them of new required permits.

“For bands right now, it literally is as simple as booking a week-long tour in Germany, getting in the van and driving over there. You show your passport once as you leave Dover and there’s no additional paperwork. It’s pretty straightforward and if you’re smart about it, cost-effective.”

World Chat / Re: Obituaries
« on: February 03, 2020, 09:10:43 AM »

World Chat / Re: Stranglers
« on: January 28, 2020, 10:06:52 AM »
UK tour autumn/winter 2020

The band have announced that they intend to take a step back from extensive tours with a full production in the UK and have released the details of a ‘Final Full UK Tour’ which will consist of a mammoth 21 date itinerary spanning from late October through to late November. Following the sold out Caerphilly Castle gig last year, a special Welsh show takes place at the 5000 capacity Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff where the band played with Alice Cooper in October. Mid tour, there are a pair of Scottish dates in Aberdeen and Glasgow plus a gig in Stoke, where the band haven’t played in many years. The band make a return to the City Hall in Sheffield as well as the De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Late on in the tour, there’s a show at the Manchester O2 Apollo and a Guildford hometown show before the tour finale at the O2 Academy Brixton.

Special guests for the complete tour are fan favourites Ruts DC.

I'm not planning too far ahead as usual.

The Franklys will be touring Germany soon; I laid my eyes on 2 dates: Tübingen on 28th January or maybe Karlsruhe on the 7th of February. (?)

While I missed the Cryssis show in Stuttgart last week, they'll also be in Karlsruhe on February 6th!

The Strange will supposedly be touring in February, but I've not seen any dates so far.  ::)

Hugo Race Fatalists plan more touring for spring, hopefully this time with a date closer to my home.

TV of course I should see in April and (hopefully) in May/June.  8)

TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2020
« on: January 17, 2020, 02:05:57 PM »
Yeah well, I didn't even look for tickets, seeing Stuttgart is sold out already. Thus I'm hoping for his solo club gigs of course, would be great if there's one nearby around the Stuttgart date (close to my b-day)! 8)

TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2020
« on: January 16, 2020, 07:46:43 PM »
TV will be supporting DTH at some dates of their "acoustic tour"!

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been invited by Die Toten Hosen to support them on some selected dates on their Summer “Ohne Strom” tour. Currently all dates except Zurich and Dresden are sold out, but if you’re quick you might just get a ticket for one of those two. I’ll be at the following shows: 13.06 STUTTGART Schleyer-Halle, 17.06 DORTMUND Westfallenhalle 1, 20.06 DÜSSELDORF ISS Dome, 27.06 FRANKFURT Festhalle, 30.06 MÜNCHEN Olympiahalle, 10.07 ZÜRICH Hallenstadion, 16.07 DRESDEN Filmnächte am Elbufer. I’ll be slotting in a few club gigs in and around those dates - news on that soon.

Filmmaker Richard Stanley, director of the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out Of Space, has announced that he's writing two follow-up films. Color Out Of Space is intended to be the first film in a trilogy of Lovecraft adaptations.

World Chat / Re: Chris Packham: Forever Punk
« on: January 12, 2020, 02:14:41 PM »
Did everyone in punk sell out?

No, one or two didn't.

(Hint: no, it's not The Clash.)  :P

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