A REVIEW OF THE 4th and B CLUB GIG IN SAN DIEGO ,CALIFORNIA - 23rd FEB 1998

BY TOM RULON

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The other night (Feb.23) I saw The Damned @ 4th & B (San Diego) and I would have to say that it was probably the best time i've ever caught them live. The band that changed my life (from the first time I saw them in Costa Mesa (1979) ) when I was 14, was absolutley flawless in performance the other night. So fitting was it an evening, with the nastiest and most torential weather system to bombard the city in decades, that The Damned be gracing the stage in a town thats been yearning for them to come back for "eons". It was easy to tell that Dave was excited by not breaking stide in a series of "VEGAS" style moves from start to finish. He did his thing by making the ladies watch with amazement and even took notice of the leaking roof on Captains side of the stage. Captain was ever so cordial with the ladies who came on stage by strapping his guitar around them and playing leads from behind only to flash the audience her privates when he deemed her to be finished. He wore his usual, silly "airy" outfit, then changing to his knickers ( only to be removed by an adoring female stage dancer ), Then into a dress that even Courtney Love would've disapproved of. Patricia was a perfect addition in a band that knows all about changes. She does'nt look a day older from her days in The Gun Club. The "house sound" was incredibly mixed well and made for each song to sound like this show was to be recorded for a live album. It was for Patricia and Garries ability to play like "well oiled machines", that kept the rest of the mayhem going on, to continue going on, intact. The only drawback was Captains nauseous guitar tone during leads. It sounded like some cheap heavy metal/buzz guitar sound. Three encores, and roughly 20 songs later, it was over. The reunion from the punk scene of "yesteryear San Diego" was over. Until they seem fit to do this again, a world awaits their return.

Thanks for the Night ,

TOM RULON

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