Photos by G.
Obviously, a review of Big Audio Dynamite’s show at Roseland Ballroom in New York on April 19, 2011 could be summed up in 3 words: Mick MFing Jones, but I’ll do it in one word: EPIC! The night began at 8 pm with a DJ set from Alex English. The mostly middle-aged crowd was groovin’ to songs by PIL, New Order, Depeche Mode and REM before Big Audio Dynamite hit the stage at 9 pm. Immediately the crowd went bonkers as it seemed to hit everyone at once that Mick Jones from The Clash was performing for us! Playing hits in mostly chronological order (until the encore), Mick Jones told stories about the songs, the records and the rehab in between songs. One thing that I really noticed was that Mick Jones seemed genuinely happy to be performing (and still sounding flawless, I might add). He would have a grin of delight on his face and as soon as it came time for him to sing, his face changed into rock star mode instantly. I was really mesmerized at how on point he is. The newly reformed group played every song you would expect to hear including “E=MC²,” “Medicine Show,” “Rush” and “The Bottom Line.”
The show lasted about an hour and a half and included two encores! Mick Jones was so humble to be performing for us and considering what a legend he is, it was really amazing to witness. More than the music, which was also great, there was such a feeling of love in the room, it’s not often felt so strongly as I felt it tonight. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I then attended the VIP after party hosted by Sony. Let me tell you this: they know how to throw a party! Read on for details as well as the set list and an exclusive photo of Mick Jones with a few other legends.
Before I go on, I must thank Sony a million times for throwing such a wonderful after party and for the hook up because it was definitely one of the best parties I’ve ever been to. Spotted in the crowd were legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen, Fred Armisen from Saturday Night Live and Mike Dirnt from Green Day. I had the chance to talk to Clem Burke (drummer from Blondie), Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz (from Tom Tom Club as well as Talking Heads), Mark Moore (from British dance group S’Express), as well as getting a private meet and greet with each member of Big Audio Dynamite. OH MY GOD! Photos from all of these moments will be coming soon, so please stay tuned. I must say, after meeting thousands and thousands of celebrities from all walks of life, I have to say, Mick Jones is definitely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever encountered. He seemed genuinely flattered and honored that people wanted to take photos and ask for his autograph and he was more than happy to oblige everyone that asked. He’s both a legend and a class act and all I can say is – RESPECT! Now as promised, see an exclusive photo of Mick Jones with Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Clem Burke!
Thanks again to everyone for a night of epic proportions!
The set list is below.