7 April – I can’t begin to explain how much I loved The Clash. When their first album came out I was working for the DHSS and every day I came home and put it on as loudly as I could get away with. They were great live too so I was mortified when Mick Jones left. He went on to form Big Audio Dynamite and, while not The Clash, they were pretty good, creating a then new fusion of rock, pop, reggae and rap. The original BAD line up split up in 1990. When I saw that they were getting back together, with the original line up and were playing Leeds O2 Academy I didn’t need to think twice about getting a ticket.
The set list is drawn from the four albums this line up recorded, with the exception of Rush which appeared in the encore. The audience go nuts, Mick Jones, as cool as ever, is still my guitar hero.
Set List: Medicine Show; Beyond The Pale; A Party; V Thirteen; BAD; Just Play Music; C’Mon Every Beatbox; Sightsee M.C!; The Battle of All Saints Road; Rewind
Encore: The Bottom Line; E=MC2; Rush
20 April – The GLW is a big fan of Simone Felice so needs no persuading to join me on a trip to The Brudenell Social Club to see him. I can’t remember the full set list but I recall he played Shine On; Summer Morning Rain; The Morning I Get To Hell; Union Street; If You Ever Get Famous and One More American Song. All evidence of his classic songwriting skills.
Tonight’s Neil Young cover is Long May You Run.
As ever a rewarding evening out.
Liking what I hear I decide to go along to Upstairs@Santiago to see him. Good decision. I find that,with one or two exceptions, someone singing and playing an acoustic guitar can only hold my attention for 20 – 30 minutes. The Toronto based singer/songwriter becomes one of the exceptions. My favourite songs tonight are What About Us, from his CD Doug Paisley, and a superb version of the Merle Travis song Dark As A Dungeon.
Both his albums, Doug Paisley and Constant Companion, are highly recommended.