‘Cool ‘n’Out’ from the Joe Strummer album ‘Global a Go-Go’ kicks off tonight’s proceedings, with the band sounding really fresh, breathing new life to some of these forgotten songs. Joe Strummer's career in The Clash is very well documented, however his time with the ‘Mescaleros’ is not always altogether familiar with many people, tracks such as ‘Tony Adams’, ‘X-Ray Style’ and ‘Mondo Bongo’ are being introduced to a whole new audience. Mike Peters seem very comfortable singing these songs that have shaped his musical career delivering the impressive vocals in a way that would make Joe proud, with the excellent backing of the talented band.
The band play for well over an hour and a half and what was great to see was that all of them were really enjoying what they were performing. The bands set ended with an up tempo version of The Clash’s ‘Tommy Gun’ which saw much of the aging punks in the crowd jumping all over the place on the crowded dance floor. The encores seemed to step up to another faster pace with stunning versions of favourite’s ‘London calling’ and ‘White Riot’, after this a taped statement from Joe Strummer played over the P.A. system had the place almost in silence for a few moments, with much of the audience paying tribute in their thoughts to this punk legend who will never be forgotten.
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