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Re: The Damned @ Hurrah 25 June 1979

The Damned @ Hurrah 25 June 1979
January 23, 2024 11:21AM
The Damned played Hurrah in June 25, 1979. New York's Misfits opened the show. The 62nd Street club was packed with punks. I was working security and my job was to lead the band up to the stage. Several minutes before the show I asked them if they needed anything and one of them said, "Four Bottles of Vodka."

I went to the bar and returned with the requested four bottles. They twisted off the caps and poured the vodka straight into their mouths like hungry baby birds feeding on their mother's spew. Most of it ended up on the floor.

The show was classic. Fast and Loud.

Punk rock at its best and I love NEW ROSE
Re: The Damned @ Hurrah 25 June 1979
January 24, 2024 10:07AM
Years ago I re-wrote a story about the Damned's show at Hurrah in 1978. I thought that the Dead Boys from Cleveland were touring with the British group. Cheetah Chrome emailed a comment excoriating my time-misplacement.

What an honor.

Here is his email.


The Damned Live 1978


Nice story , too bad it never happened. Do yer research man.The only gigs we ever did with the Damned in the US were at CBGB.The only tour we ever did with them was in England. Documented fact. Christ, you lame-ass posers...

My replies

Mr. Chrome, I will change the facts about the gig. I was there and recall your passing out in the underneath baggage compartment of the Damned's tour bus. Don't worry you were my favorite band from Cleveland. Sonic Reducer will forever rock. Plus this is semi-fiction. And I don't give a shit for nothing other than seeing you guys live. My memory has been savaged by time. Once I was in a taxi coming down down 7th Avenue from Hurrah. Probably 2 in the morning. With a few high school girls from the upper west side. There was a traffic jam around MSG, which didn’t make sense until I spotted you bare-chested in the avenue facing the traffic. The girls asked who was that.

"A true dead boy."

And that's the truth.

Thanks for the comment, Mr. Chrome.

ps I saw the Dead Boys every chance I had in the late-70s.

They were better than great. They were most excellent
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