Big Audio Dynamite live at Roseland

Posted by The G on April 20, 2011 under G Reviews | 9 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Mick Jones of Big Audio Dynamite

Mick Jones of Big Audio Dynamite

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.”

Big Audio Dynamite

Big Audio Dynamite

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.

Mick Jones!

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!

Mick Jones, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Clem Burke

Mick Jones, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Clem Burke

Thanks again to everyone for a night of epic proportions! 

The set list is below.

Big Audio Dynamite Set List

Big Audio Dynamite Set List

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  • oldskoolska said,

    hell yeah! mick mf’in jones!!

  • An Encounter with Mick Jones | According to G said,

    [...] group Big Audio Dynamite and the show was spectacular! You can read a review and see the set list here.  My great fortune saw me getting invited to an exclusive after-party thrown by Sony and it was [...]

  • Tim said,

    great review thanks! Wish I was there….can I share the photo via my blog (www.theclashblog.com) with a credit and link bsck to your piece?

    Thanks

  • W.G. said,

    I watched the Coachella youtube feed and that show was hot! But, what you guys saw in NYC had to have been just amazing. Yeah, great review. Looking forward to more!

  • The G said,

    of course! Thanks for reading Tim!

  • Tim said,

    cheers mate…tis appreciated

  • Yleana said,

    Hi G–wonder if you can answer a a question. I was there last night (came in from Boston)and appreciate your review. However, I detected a horrid, intermittent ‘undersound’ throughout the show, that sounded like a low-key vuvuzela roar. I asked some guys standing next to me, and one said, every band sounds like that at the Roseland. I kept hearing this sound no matter where I was, even upstairs. Not exactly feedback, but it was quite distracting. Anybody else hear this? If so, is it part of the BAD sound, or was it just a bad mix, or the usual acoustics of the Roseland Ballroom? Thanks, Y

  • The G said,

    Hi Yleana. I didn’t hear that sound you are talking about, but most of my friends who go to shows regularly complain of sound problems. I definitely noticed during the DJ set, the sound kept cutting in and out and the DJs on stage didn’t even seem to notice and it could be for up to 45 seconds at a time… it was very odd!

  • B.A.D. coast to coast plus a return trip in the offing | The Clash Blog said,

    [...] to G’ about the New York show itself , the atmosphere and those in attendance I’ll instead refer you over to that blog, it is worth a read. Also worth a click for a nice write up and lots of great photos and videos is [...]

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