Hello again to the faraway towns and thank you for dropping in to The Clash Blog once more or perhaps for the first time. If it’s your first time then have a look around and set aside a bit of time to get reading as there are a few years of posts. Say hello in the comments too as we’ve got a nice bunch of regulars from all over the world who are Clash experts and new converts both. Just a few quick updates this evening for you and they are each worth sinking your teeth into.
First of all I know a number of you were able to make it along to Subway Gallery in London (Edgware Road tube) for the recently concluded exhibition of the Mick Jones R & R Public Gallery. As you probably gathered from our coverage earlier about the residence of Mick’s collection that Subway hosted the exhibit with equal measures of heart and dedication such is the affection from owner Robert Gordon McHarg III for what Mick has collected. What Subway Gallery might lack in size they made up for in presentation and the exhibition was a huge success, everyone that I know who made it along had a wonderful time. This was the third London residence for the collection and the hope remains that the concept will ultimately find a permanent site, that is still unconfirmed but something I think will be a great success. I have to say thanks for all the guest ideas and contributions lately as it makes the work of your humble blogger that much easier. An old friend Martin P was able to attend the R&RPL during the closing week and see his beloved Queens Park Rangers beat Arsenal (did that really happen?) and we can thank him for the photos that accompany today’s post. Cheers Martin. (click on any image below for full gallery view)
I have to share a very special event taking place this week in Brooklyn that I hope some of your in and around New York can attend. I’m sorry for the short notice but my secretary for the blog still hasn’t reported to his or her station. Applications are being accepted. In short, a special screening of a famed Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros performance from St. Anne’s in April 2002 is taking place this week. The significance being this is the 10th anniversary of those live dates and you already know that 2012 has it’s own special prominence on our calendars. Before now you could see a few of the songs online but this will be first time the entire concert has been aired. It’s invite only - but the really good news is that it will also be broadcast on YouTube – at http://youtu.be/WIv7lM8tlaw Thanks to Brenda for reminding me about this one, here is the link to Facebook page for the event and the full blurb is below, actual screening is April 6th with a preview the night before:
In the week of Apr 1-6 2002 Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros played 5 incredible shows at the St Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Joly MacFie of punkcast.com, at Joe’s invitation, video recorded these shows for later live webcast. Up until now, just 4 songs have been made available on the Internet <http://punkcast.com/140
Joe, sadly, passed on in December 2002. To mark the 10th anniversary of the St Ann’s shows and Joe’s great life and personality. Punkcast will stream the entire Friday night concert via YouTube on Fri April 6 2012 from 8p – 10pm YouTube link: http://youtu.be/WIv7lM8tlaw
There will also, the night before – Thurs April 5 2012 7pm – 9pm – be a preview party in NYC at The Dressing Room, 75a Orchard St, NY NY 10002, <http://thedressingroomnyc.com/
That should be something really special, I hope you’ll be able to see it. That is all I have with bed beckoning but you can be current or in touch viaFacebook, Twitter and sometimes The Clash Blog on Tumblr or get the RSS feed which will get a nice crispy update emailed to you direct.
Good evening to you, a very short update with a few more videos of Mick and his friends from the gig at The Academy in Dublin. It really did look to have been a great night for all who managed to attend and I’m sure Belfast was just as good this evening. I’ve not yet had time to check the word from Belfast as to songs played or guest stars. It was quite funny for a time yesterday a rumour that Bono and his tax dodging chums were going to be joining Mick in Dublin, the funny part was the overall negative/cynical reaction to the news. I guess Dublin doesn’t feel so warmly about their prodigal sons (although half of them are English aren’t they anyway?). Before the videos I also wanted to redirect you to John Robb’s always brilliant Louder Than War Blog tonight for a detailed review of the Dublin gig. As you’ll recall last year he was on the ground and in the dressing rooms on the UK dates even acting as MC for the concert at The Scala in London and from that vantage point he provided unrivaled coverage of the tour. Beyond all that he also has an excellent music and culture blog overall which merits your bookmark and visits especially seeing as you like The Clash, one would assume.
I’m sure by the time I get this posted we’ll see much more from Belfast and I hope more video footage, photos and news from the gigs. Cathal was kind enough to provide the setlist for The Clash songs played in Dublin which ran as follows; Train in Vain, Stay Free, Clampdown, Bankrobber, Armagideon Time, White Man, Brand New Cadillac, Should I Stay Or Should I Go and Janie Jones. I had been wondering whether some additional Clash songs would be worked into shape for the dates in Ireland but to the best of my recollection all of those featured in the UK. A very minor quibble on my part but it would be nice to have seen a few others added, particularly those that automatically feature Mick on vocals, although I thought hearing Mick sing London Calling last year at The Scala was one of the most bittersweet moments imaginable.
I also wanted to thank you the readers for your continued support of the blog. I know we lost some momentum in January/February with my move and the impact on posts but February ended well in terms of visits and March was even better with our best month of the year, in fact it was our second best month in seven only topped by December which I can understand due to Joe’s anniversary creating extra interest. So I must thank you wherever you read the blog and for helping to share it which really does make a difference. I also am so glad to see the global interest in the band, as you’d expect the UK and US still provide much of the traffic to the blog but that ratio of all traffic continues to decrease. Last month it was 60.4% whereas a year earlier it was 65.1%, so either more people around the world are reading the blog or people in the US/UK are fed up with it. Also whilst 75% of you read the blog in English last month that means a quarter had my poor grammar translated, I wonder how poorly that reads. French, Spanish and Italian were the top three in case you were wondering. I also like to see the funniest search that meant someone found the blog and this month’s winner must be the person who entered this into google:
‘What to wear with a Clash top’
As I’m sure you’re all aware there are only two answers that we subscribe to when wearing a Clash shirt – anything (except fucking sandals…I hate sandals) or nothing at all.
Also above is your top 40 for March (visits by country) and if your nation doesn’t appear just drop me a message and I’ll look it up. Videos will follow later this afternoon including Belfast after I’ve had a a chance to look them all over. Cheers – Tim and please keep current onFacebook, Twitter and sometimes The Clash Blog on Tumblr or get the RSS feed which will get a nice warm update emailed to you direct.
The Clash after a press conference announcing concerts in New York NYC 27/5/81
A big hello and thanks for coming back to the blog for a quick snack on a Saturday morning. I’m still a bit deaf from seeing The Wedding Present last night but it was a brilliant gig as usual by the remarkable band who keep going with no loss in quality. Seems another excellent gig took place last night in Dublin town as the Justice Tonight all star revue pulled into town. I’m hoping to get some first hand accounts of the festivities but from watching twitter last night before I headed out due to the 8 hour time difference I could see that the feedback was excellent with many not surprisingly thrilled to see Mick Jones running through a healthy number of Clash songs. I’ve yet to see the official setlist so if someone could put that in the comments that would be helpful. I think its marvelous that younger fans (of whom where are many) are getting a chance to hear and see Clash songs performed live. Of course nothing can match what went before but having Mick willing to chaperone them as I like to see it is as good a case as is possible. The songs are receiving the respect and energy they merit and the cause isn’t lining pockets but instead to aid the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. You can’t complain at that can you?
As I’ve expected for some time Justice Tonight as a concept also looks set to extend well into 2012 – much more on that later but for now here are some early videos coming in from last night’s gig in Dublin. Enjoy them.
‘Train in Vain’ Justice Tonight, Dublin 30/3/12
‘Bankrobber’ Justice Tonight, Dublin 30/3/12
‘Armagideon Time’ Justice Tonight, Dublin 30/3/12
Just a thought, they should film one of these gigs professionally and put it out on DVD for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign fund. Which then begs the following question:
Would you buy a professionally filmed and recorded DVD of a Justice Tonight gig?