“Be careful what you wish for …”

The Damned Original Lineup Gigs in  2024



Umeda TRAD @ 7:00pm


Nagoya Diamond Hall @ 7:00pm


Punkspring 2024 @ 7:00pm



The Tivoli @ 7:00pm


Enmore Theatre @ 7:00pm


Northcote Theatre @ 7:00pm


Hindley Street Music Hall @ 7:00pm


The Astor Theatre @ 7:00pm




Stone Valley Festival 2024 @ 7:00pm


Stone Valley Midlands 2024 @ 7:00pm


Stone Valley North 2024 @ 7:00pm
Custom House Square
NX Newcastle @ 7:00pm


Barrowland Ballroom @ 7:00pm


Manchester Academy @ 7:00pm


O2 Academy Leeds @ 7:00pm


Rock City @ 7:00pm


Wolverhampton Civic Hall @ 7:00pm


Bristol Beacon @ 7:00pm


Southampton Guildhall @ 7:00pm


Winter Garden @ 7:00pm


Cambridge Corn Exchange @ 7:00pm


Roundhouse @ 7:00pm


Roundhouse @ 7:00pm

“The Damned have announced a 2024 UK tour and the return of their ’80s line-up featuring drummer Rat Scabies.  The band – comprising David Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies and Paul Gray – will perform 12 shows across the UK next year, marking the first time the line-up has played together in 35 years.” NME

The internet is abuzz with the news – which after last year’s original lineup gigs, has been something many a Damned fan has been hoping to see crystallise.  


The Damned Original Lineup Gigs


Eventim Apollo Hammersmith @ 6:00pm


Eventim Apollo Hammersmith @ 6:00pm


O2 Apollo Manchester @ 6:00pm


O2 Academy Glasgow @ 6:00pm


O2 Academy Birmingham @ 6:00pm

Derwood and the Rat

After years of collaboration on many records, Derwood Andrews and Rat Scabies have made an album called ‘Derwood and the Rat’. Using elements previously explored, it’s all brought together in one place on this twelve track album. Employing their standard technique of self promotion, (equivalent to throwing a cassette out of the window on a highway, and hoping someone finds it). With punk DIY attitude; Blues, Folk and Rock’n’Roll get the suitable treatment, and two of England’s finest minstrels from iconic bands Generation X and The Damned bring guitars, drums, songs and sounds to a world of overrated guitarists, disco drummers and sound alike singers. ‘Derwood and the Rat’ puts the origin in ‘original’, suck it and see…
Here’s all the links…
Youtube – Torn to Shreds – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFwLZ9_MRio
Youtube – She Came True – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkByZzDwC8I
youtube – London Loves the Rain – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDHZQXhKi7U

The Sinclairs


THE SINCLAIRS are back with a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Hot on the heels of their spectacular debut album Sparkle, the duo featuring Rat Scabies and Billy Shinbone from Somerset band FLIPRON and Neville Staple’s band have teamed up with our old friend Paul-Ronney Angel from THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE for the timely single ‘Halloween Wings’.

New Professor and the Madman material on the way – keep up to date on their Facebook Page


Check out new videos from The Sinclairs, including their recent performance for the Rebellion Festival – all on their Facebook page!


Last but not least!

Two Rat Scabies’ mixed releases due soon on Cleopatra records:

  • Nothing Else Matters – Metallica cover featuring Lemmy!
  • Lord Of The Hornets – Robert Calvert cover featuring Robert on vocals as well as Rat Scabies, Chris Constantinou and Billy Shinbone


Say hullo to The Sinclairs – Mr Billy Shinbone & Mr Rat Scabies …  “Making easy listening much more difficult”. The band’s debut album is due out on Cleopatra Records on May 8th 2020.

The Sinclairs are due to play at the Rebellion Festival 6th – 9th August, 2020.

Look the band up on Facebook

Never a man to rest on anything (nevermind his laurels), Rat has also recorded an album with 69 Cats – details on that soon!

New Professor and the Madman material!

Professor and the Madman – aka Alfie Agnew, Sean Elliott, Paul Gray and Rat Scabies – have just recorded an new album due out on Cleopatra Records. The details are skimpy, but the album is due out in 2020.

Check out their Facebook page




The Mutants have evolved. Chris Constantinou and Rat Scabies have shed the skin of their previous band name and are now checking into new lodgings.
Collaborating under the name One Thousand Motels (OTM) , album No 1 is in the midst of mixing. Stayed tuned folks as you’ll hear about it here!
Check out the band’s website HERE and their Facebook page HERE


Get your tickets HERE




Rat Scabies, longtime drummer for The Damned (real name: Chris Millar), has continued pounding the skins while also teaching at universities. PKM spoke to him about his collaborations with Donovan and the Dandy Warhols, his solo album, and more.

We all know him as the cartoon-like punk in a leather jacket, tight jeans and rooster cut. Chris Millar, a.k.a. Rat Scabies, was the drummer for the first ever British punk band, The Damned.

They released the single “New Rose,” in 1976 and were the first English punk band to tour the United States.From his beginnings, as a baby abandoned on a doorstep, to running away from home at 14 and joining his compadres in creating a musical and social revolution, his intelligence and street smarts helped him not just to survive, but to thrive.

After 19 years in the Damned, Rat called it quits when tensions heated up over their album, Not Of This Earth. Brian James is the only original member he still talks to.

Today, Rat is called on by universities to educate their students on, what else… punk. He has a wife and three children, one who is involved in the rap game, carrying on with the musical genetics given to him.

One recent musical project is called the Mutants, with Chris Constantinou of Adam and the Ants. They invite new members to join for each album and drive the theme towards a certain region. So far they have done London, Tokyo, California, and New York.

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P.H.D. has Reviewers Raving!

To say the new Rat Scabies album, ‘P.H.D.’ is being well received is no overstatement.  Great to see the album going down so well with reviewers and listeners alike!  Have a read of some of them below:

Listen to The Damned’s Rat Scabies’ Solo Debut Album P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt)

Rat Scabies: P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt) – album review



Album Review: Rat Scabies – P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt)

Rat Scabies – P.H.D. (Prison. Hospital. Debt)

Rat Scabies – ‘P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt)’ reviewed

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First Single off Rat’s Debut Album!

We are after great tales, local legends and yarns that can entertain, enlighten and educate, but that said, there are many stories that deserve to be preserved regardless of the facts.  Storytelling is an art form and tradition that survives not only because of it’s content, but also for it’s delivery, and like they say, it really is all about the way you tell them

Each topic chosen will be at the raconteurs discretion, as will be the delivery.

1: Ghosts.
2: Lost or Hidden Treasures.
3: UFO’s.
4: Family, Relatives, Feuds & Fights.
5: The Open Sea.
6: Lake or Land Monsters.
7: Love & Romance.
8: Pets & Livestock – Troublesome Goats.
9: Death & Funerals.
10: Golf, Sport etc.
11: Your best Joke.
12: Gardeners – Giant Marrows etc.
13: Fairies/Folklore.
14: Musicians, Poets & Writers.
15: Work.

Hosted by Punk legend, founder member of The Damned and modern day Grail Hunter RAT SCABIES.  For more info see Rat’s Facebook Events Page

Talking & Tales

The Big Blue Shed presents Talking & Tales with
founder member of the Damned, Rat Scabies.
Lewes Con Club – Monday May 21st 2018.

Tickets: Si’s Sounds, Lewes Harbour Records or WeGotTickets

Tales & Tea

Join in the Q&A with our man Scabies.
TeaTray Cafe, Osbourne Road, Southsea

Sunday May 20th 2018. Doors 5pm, Show 5.45pm

Limited number of tickets priced £10 available from Harbour Records or WeGotTickets

Rat is being interviewed on The Mainline with Jim Jones on Thursday 19th April 2018.  
Tune in Thursday 4pm ~ 6pm GMT on Boogaloo Radio

PHD (Prison, Hospital, Debt)

PHD (Prison, Hospital, Debt) is the brand new album from Rat Scabies.  Featuring material the demos of which were available right here on ratscabies.com – had you been lucky enough to have been in the loop back in the sites infancy – this solo release has a ton of brilliant material from a man who refuses to be pigeon-holed

Don’t wait – pre-order your copy now!!


The Quest For The Grail:
Rat Scabies Favourite Albums 

Check out a quick interview with Rat plus a list of his favourite albums on The Quietus

Punk It Up!/Uncensored! Radio Presents
Rat Scabies in conversation

24 March at 18:30–0:30
Rough Trade Nottingham 5 Broad Street, NG1 3AJ Nottingham, United Kingdom

Tickets available HERE


Have a listen to Rat’s recent interview on WFMU’s Diane “Kamikaze” Farris – Rocker For Life and Making A Difference! program here .  The interview is about two hours in

SMASHING IT UP: A decade of Chaos with THE DAMNED

Sat 11 November 2017
10:00 – 22:00 GMT
The Principal Manchester
Oxford Street
M60 7HA

2pm: SMASHING IT UP: A decade of Chaos with THE DAMNED:
KIERON TYLER and RAT SCABIES in conversation

An in conversation that celebrates Kieron’s meticulously researched book and spans The Damned’s individual involvement in the birth of British Punk Rock, their signing to Stiff Records, making friends with Marc Bolan and Motorhead and charge off the rails at great speed. Conflicts, disarray and success on both sides of the pond, we’ll explore and reveal how – and why – the wayward, wild and wilful Damned are the punk band that have survived.

INTERVIEW: Originally from Uncut’s May 2014 (Take 204) issue

When The Damned reformed in January 1979, after a nine-month break following the departure of original guitarist Brian James, nobody knew quite what to expect. James had been the band’s principal songwriter on their two albums to date, and it was unclear who from within the band’s ranks could replace him. Recruiting ex-Saint Algy Ward on bass (Lemmy had briefly held the job), the band signed to Roger Armstrong’s Chiswick Records, and were sent to a Croydon studio for a couple of weeks and told to “make some noise”, as Ward remembers. The results were impressive: Captain Sensible’s “Love Song” gave The Damned a Top 20 hit, and he followed it up with the poppy, hippy-baiting “Smash It Up”, which although effectively ignored by the BBC, became a minor hit in winter 1979 and subsequently the band’s unofficial anthem.

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INTERVIEW: The Damned’s Explosive Drummer

When it comes to punk bands, the Damned may be the most influential of them all, and their original drummer Rat Scabies among the most stylishly destructive sticksmen ever.

Formed in 1976 in the U.K., the Damned is credited as the first punk band to release a single (“New Rose”) and an album (Damned Damned Damned), and the first to tour the United States. Rat Scabies’ mix of punk aggression and Keith Moon–style flamboyance make him one of the more entertaining and incendiary drummers in rock history. Listeners need only hear “Love Song,” the opening track from the band’s 1979 masterpiece Machine Gun Etiquette, to understand the roots of Green Day’s Tre Cool and any number of modern punk drumming icons.
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Rat’s in The Pub …..

Our discussion forum, The Pub, is the central hub for all things Scabies. You won’t always find him in there, but when he is, make sure you haven’t missed out on the chance to say hullo!

Past Events

Join Rat when he is interviewed by Barry Cain in the Pavillion at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool on Friday August 4th at 5.30pm. Get your tickets here!

Mutants on Tour!

Mutants at the USA ?? Embassy in London ….it’s official !!!! see you in a few weeks in Vegas punk rock bowling and at Pappy and Harriet’s



Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

  • GIG: BIG DADDY CARLOS Fremont Country Club VEGAS (located in the Fremont East Entertainment District)
  • DATE: Thursday 25th May
  • With: The Sonics



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