Good morning everyone, just a short morning after the night before sort of post as I then have to go to my least favourite building (alright apart from White Hart Lane and a Stranglers convention) with the Clash blogette as she has to pop into hospital. I’m meant to bring oranges or something right? I don’t do well at hospitals…just saying.
Sounds like the first B.A.D. concert in Liverpool was warmly received and most of the adjectives used were of the very positive variety. Thanks so much to those who wrote in and with your privacy at stake I’m going to include some of your summaries beneath for those of us stuck many miles away from Liverpool last night. *some are already on the comments from the last post but I know not everyone goes back to a post that they have already read.
“Just got back from Liverpool gig. They were awesome. Set list – from memory:
Medicine show, Beyond the pale, A party, BAD, V13, Just play music, Sightsee MC, Cmon Every Beatbox, Battle of All Saints Rd, Rewind
Encore: The Bottom Line, E=mc2
2nd Encore: Rush
Crowd were great. Band really enjoyed it. BAD caps (yup the corduroy ones) and sweatshirts selling like hotcakes. Mick didn’t stop talking. Great to be back (several times). Was keen to point out that they’ve all remained friends over the years. Commented how many of the songs still seemed to be politically relevant today. Said they’d been practising for 6 weeks – working hard and really enjoying it. Said he had fallen over and that’s why he had a big bruise over his left eye! I was really into Big Audio Dynamite in the 80′s so I’m making sure I get my fix – Shepherds Bush at the weekend and then Manchester!
Get three coffins ready….”
“Went to see the opening gig of the BAD reunion tour last night in Liverpool. Absolutely f*cking incredible. I’d never seen them live before and only had previous Clash gigs as a marker but this was just great. Didn’t realise how good they could be live because I don’t hionestly think the 80s production on the albums is all it could be. Superb rhythm section, Don in a great mood and Mick playing so well and being so humble. It really reignited my enthusiasm for things. Nice of Mick to come down from the stage at the end and sign autographs and shake (my) hands. Also a big hand to the crowd who sang along to every single song and paid due respect to the band. Brilliant Mick -thank you for coming to Liverpool first”
“I needn’t have worried , there was a great crowd in , probably about 800-900 people, although there were tickets available outside before the gig for less than face value. You could sense the anticipation in the air as the stage was prepared and the warmup music peaked with The Specials Gangsters before BAD took to the stage to a huge roar. Mick was beaming and seemed genuinely taken aback at the reception. Thankfully the matching baseball caps have been discarded and Mick was looking dapper in black suit and huge shades. The first 2 songs – Medicine Show and Beyond The Pale were fantastic , with the crowd all singing along.There didn’t seem to be anybody there who wasn’t a longtime fan of the band.
They played all the greatest songs from the first 2 albums – A Party , BAD (with Don Letts taking centre stage), Beatbox, V Thirteen, Sightsee MC , but not so much from the next 2 albums – just All Saints Road , Just Play Music and Rewind. There were a few sound problems on Just Play Music but i’m sure they’ll be ironed out as the tour progresses.
Two encores – Bottom Line,E=MC2 , and then finally back again for Rush ,which had a false start as Mick had forgotten how to play it !
That was it , about 90 minutes in all , and the band looked exhausted but ecstatic at how well it had been received. I think Mick must’ve loved being the main man in front of a big crowd again after so long ,as opposed to being a sideman (Gorillaz) or playing to a few punters (C/S). Going again next week to Manchester and cant wait ! I’ve a few blurry photos from the gig which i’ll try to get to you once i can get them off my phone !
“Yes Tim, Mick had plenty to say, during and after the show. Right after they finished the first track (Medicine Show) you could hear the emotion in Mick’s voice from the response they received from the opener, this was gonna be a special night. I mean, Mick already has a big bond with Liverpool, just ask Peter Hooton from The Farm. Mick even dropped ‘Dynamite’ from the name for a short spell when they became ‘Big Audio’ as a tribute to the people of Liverpool who had started it.
The aftershow party was great too, I don’t think there was anyone who stayed for it that missed out on the opportunity to get a snapshot of themselves with either Mick Jones, Don Letts or Leo Williams. They were perfectly happy to talk to anyone who had something to say, can’t wait to get the photos a friend took as I was talking to Mick & Don, what a night to remember…”
Thanks to everyone who got in CONTACT about the first gig in Liverpool, I wish I were there. More of the same tonight would be excellent! Hopefully I’ll have some time this afternoon to see what else has been added online and I’ve also got some other news which I’ll include later today. Cheers – Tim