Mick Jones and Paul Simonon electrify London on Justice Tonight tour

Good evening and welcome back to The Clash Blog. It’s a pretty historic night (now 3am) in London as I write and one that I never really thought we’d see again. When I started writing this blog about two and a half years ago I assumed (logically at the time) that the bulk of what I’d be writing and compiling would be looking back to years long gone. Not that there was anything wrong with that idea in the first place, The Clash were important enough that I hoped there would be an audience of people who’d get together to celebrate the music and the purpose of the band. Having a purpose was always part of The Clash and as fans I think many of us found appeal in that and in turn it gave us a bit more purpose to be engaged in the world around us. You could have got very long odds a few years ago on Mick Jones taking a tour on the road playing a huge number of Clash songs to passionate audiences throughout the UK. It hadn’t happened up til then and didn’t seem likely until about eighteen months ago, around the same time a B.A.D. reunion was first rumoured, if Mick would do that then perhaps the right reason would see him playing Clash songs live again. Perhaps it was Mick realising he holds the keys to The Clash now, perhaps it was allowing enough time to pass since we lost Joe, perhaps it was the simple undeniable fact that the Hillsborough Justice Campaign is the right cause for Mick to align himself with. I think it’s probably a bit of all three but all three were needed to make it happen. I’ll write much more about Hillsborough in the next few days as I think that’s appropriate.

Tonight though the tour with so much more headed down to London, a sold out and very expectant audience at The Scala had already seen the tour bring out some remarkable guests. This was London though, might the stakes get even higher? Not a Clash reunion – don’t even use that phrase – but a return of others to the stage alongside with Mick Jones. Eight hours ago I had high hopes and had read and heard lots of rumours, here’s what happened courtesy of a special friend of the blog – Martin who promised and delivered a review of what happened tonight. Let’s hand it over to him….

The Savage Nomads, including Chris Salewicz’s son Cole, opened the night. Very quickly the venue filled up until it was rammed solid. Tickets had sold out in under 3 hours for this London gig – ironically there are still tickets on sale now for tomorrow nights Liverpool show! I did not catch the name of the next band up and after them was the Rotten Hill Gang with Hollie Cook and Lauren Jones on vocals – the daughters of Paul Cook and Mick Jones.Next up were The Farm and for the next 2 hours the Scala rocked, with more or less the whole of the Farm plus Pete Wylie onstage for the duration.Groovy Train | Steppin’ Stone | Love See no Colour and then All Together Now – which saw Mick Jones arrive onstage, not to leave until the end of the night.

Next up was Pete Wylie’s set:

Come Back |You better scream – dedicated to Kelvin MacKenzie, the editor of the Sun in 1989 at the time of Hillsborough | The Day that Margaret Thatcher Dies (ed’s note – soon as possible please) | The Story of the Blues | Heart as Big as Liverpool – dedicated to the 96, a song that Wylie said Sony had warned him not to release as a single as “it will only sell in Liverpool…..well it didn’t even sell in Liverpool!” | You can’t put your arms around a memory (Johnny Thunders song) | Sinful

And then, at 9.30pm, we moved onto the part of the set that everyone had been waiting for – The Clash songs!

Train in Vain
Stay Free
Bankrobber – with Hollie Cook on vocals who needed help from Peter Hooton and Pete Wylie with the words
Clampdown – with Richard Archer from Hard Fi on vocals – a Brentford fan. He did a good job
White Man (in Hammersmith Palais) – with Peter Hooton on vocals
Should I stay or should I go – should have been Rex from the Rotten Hill Gang on vocals but he forgot the words and again Wylie and Hooton had to come to the rescue!

There was then a short break and Bobby Gillespie plus 2 other members of Primal Scream join the band on stage PLUS PAUL SIMONON!
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Rocks Off
Jail Guitar Doors
Brand New Cadillac
Guns of Brixton – sung by Paul
Armagideon Time – calls for Don Letts to join them onstage but he had vanished after being seen earlier
London Calling
Janie Jones – with John Robb, who spent most of the song crowd surfing!
All together now – a final rousing rendition of The Farm song and then it was good night…..or was it?
Rush – one last song, the Big Audio Dynamite song closed a fabulous, never to be forgotten night!

Roll on Liverpool!

Thanks so much Martin, I can’t even imagine how brilliant it would have been there and to see Mick and Paul sharing a stage.

Simply an amazing setlist , so many Clash songs and so many other great tunes. Photos from above are courtesy of our good friend Peter Stevens, I’ll be working on a gallery tomorrow for you. Added to that Paul Simonon and you’ve got a night that can’t be topped. Please join me in thanking Martin for taking the time to chronicle the details. Nice one.

I’m still reeling about this to be honest whilst simultaneously sickened that I wasn’t there. I know we’re going to have some excellent photos and perhaps passable video over the next 12-24 hours so please drop back in. If you’re going to the Liverpool gig you’re in for a treat on what I’m sure will be an emotional night. All the best – Justice For The 96 – Tim

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31 responses to “Mick Jones and Paul Simonon electrify London on Justice Tonight tour”

  1. I can't believe I wasn't there. Being on the other side of the word has something to do with that. #FML

  2. Lyn Novosel via Face says:

    Me too Loretta. Can;t wait to see more pics.

  3. Me three. Wish I'd been back home for this!

  4. Brenda Siegelman via says:

    Historic event!!

  5. feel a bit sick that I missed this…bloody ocean

  6. I saw Paul and Mick rocking out onstage together when I saw Gorillaz last year. Theyre both fken LEGENDS would've loved to see Clash songs!

  7. barry says:

    Nice one Martin…great pics peter…so jelous

  8. Ian Prior via Facebo says:

    well Mick's done it again…hes pulled out all the stops for this London gig…he's made every gig special to each city he's visited…great set of shows…wish i couldve been there to see Mick n Paul though…i got to the Manchester show where Ian Brown n John Squire were special guests that night…amazin..

  9. Pretty obvious to state I'm jealous and happy for every person who got to see them live. It is indeed historic, wish I could've been there! u_u

  10. Hamish Brown via Fac says:

    I'm seeing mick on this tour in Glasgow tomorrow, any idea if Paul's accompanying him??

  11. I was there.Incredible night

  12. Andy says:

    I was lucky enough to be there -- thanks Rich -- and it was an awesome night. Fantastic to see Mick and Paul on stage together and rocking. Mick looks so happy and as if he's enjoying every moment. It was a bit shambolic at times, but captured the spirit of the era and Joe would have been proud. I feel very privileged to have been there. So many great songs -- would have like Mick to have done more vocals, but he's never one to hog the limelight. Thanks to everyone and keep playing live, Mick.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Am I the luckiest guy alive?I wasn't lucky with the tickets as they'd sold out. Then Martin (author on this blog) phoned me and said he had a spare and would I like it ???

    When Primal Scream walked on with Paul on bass duties (as Mani has gone 'home') the atmosphere was electric. Straight into Rocks with MJ accompanying on guitar. Then Jail Guitar Doors with Bobby on vocals was superb. But the piece de resistance without a shadow of a doubt was Paul leaving his guitar to one side and stepping up to the mic for Guns Of Brixton.

    A truly historic moment and this middle aged man had to stop himself from wetting his pants.Seeing grown men down the front going loopy and some almost in tears was a sight to behold. Best gig I've been to in a long time. I was fortunate to see about 7 of the Carbon Casino gigs but this gig topped them by a million miles. youtube will have a million hits in the next couple of days.

  14. The vibe of Paul and Bobby Gillespie with Mick brought back the magic of The Clash- Special Gig! Mick said to me afterwards that he felt like it was one of the best gigs he's ever played.

  15. I was there it was so good!!!! GUNS OF BRIXTON!!!!

  16. Lyn Novosel via Facebook says:

    Me too Loretta. Can;t wait to see more pics.

  17. Me three. Wish I’d been back home for this!

  18. Brenda Siegelman via Facebook says:

    Historic event!!

  19. feel a bit sick that I missed this…bloody ocean

  20. I saw Paul and Mick rocking out onstage together when I saw Gorillaz last year. Theyre both fken LEGENDS would’ve loved to see Clash songs!

  21. Joannie Volpe says:

    Thanks for all the details Tim and Martin. Would have been awesome to be there…any chance of convincing them to bring it on over here? well I can dream can't I? It just proves how a good cause beings out the very best in people. xxx

  22. Joannie Volpe says:

    *brings* out the best…(fingers so excited they cannot type properly)

  23. i wish i could have been there … :(

  24. Shannon says:

    Green with excited and well meaning envy over here, what an amazing night to have missed. Thanks for the photos and reviews and news guys, gotta love global communication for at least allowing us to peek in, even if virtually…

  25. Pete Stevens says:

    I'm just uploading literally hundreds of photographs to an online web gallery for everyone to share and doing my very best to try and write some sort of review too. Last night was an incredible experience. I saw Martin (Taurus Trakker above) just before leaving, who was heading backstage, and passed on further best wishes to Mick who had clearly enjoyed himself immensely. The cause for which the benefit was organised I hope Tim will elaborate on with the next few posts here, because it is hugely important to understand its magnitude to millions living here in the UK. So many were in attendance last night and I hope that I can give you a little of the feeling which I experienced. An incredible night. Justice For The 96.

  26. So do I. Really envy those lucky enough to have been there.

  27. Ro Rodriguez via Fac says:

    lucky bastards hahahaha

  28. Delta Raisin says:

    This is one awesome post.Much thanks again. Cool.

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