Big Audio Dynamite Announce Summer 2011 Tour Dates

Posted by The G on May 17, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Mick Jones of Big Audio Dynamite

Mick Jones of Big Audio Dynamite

Good news for Big Audio Dynamite fans!  The band has announced Summer 2011 tour dates.  You can catch them live at:

BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE – 2011 TOUR DATES
Jun 23 Old Fire Station Bournemouth, UNITED KINGDOM
Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival Glastonbury, GB , UK
Jul 10 Exit Festival NOVI SAD, SERBIA, RS
Jul 14 Benicassim Festival Benicassim, ESP
Jul 23 Royal Festival Hall London, United Kingdom
Jul 29 Fuji Rock Festival Naeba, JP , Japan
Aug 2 House of Blues, Boston, MA
Aug 3 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
Aug 5 The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
Aug 6 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
Aug 14 Outside Lands Festival San Francisco, CA
Aug 19 Beautiful Days Festival Escot Park, Devon, GB
Aug 20 V Festival Weston Park, UK
Aug 21 V Festival Hylands Park, UK
Aug 26 Rock en Seine Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, FR
Sep 2 Electric Picnic Festival Portlaoise, Ireland, IE
Sep 9 Bestival Isle of Wight, UK

Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for the tip.

An Encounter with Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz

Posted by The G on April 22, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Geoffrey Dicker

Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Geoffrey Dicker

Picture it:  I’m back stage after the Big Audio Dynamite concert and just seconds ago, I chatted with BAD’s lead singer Mick Jones (also a member of Carbon/Silicon and The Clash).  I am internally freaking out because I’ve shared such a great moment with a living legend.  I turn to my right and standing at the bar are Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Tom Tom Club (and formerly of Talking Heads)!  I pull myself together and asked for a photo.  Both Chris and Tina were super nice and said yes.  I was able to pull off taking a photo of the 3 of us with my infamous “take it with your hand” shot!  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers paused to review the photo and complimented the photo.  Whoa!  Moments later, Clem Burke – the drummer from Blondie – joined them at the bar and the next thing you know, I took a soon to be legendary photo of 4 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers!  Do you think I’ll get over that any time soon?  Not a chance.  Thanks again to Tina and Chris both for the great music and for being so cool.

An Encounter with Big Audio Dynamite

Posted by The G on April 21, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Mick Jones and Geoffrey Dicker

Mick Jones and Geoffrey Dicker

It’s been over 24 hours since I saw Big Audio Dynamite in concert and then had a once in a lifetime opportunity to hang out with them at the show’s afterparty.  I have to say, I’ve been on a cloud ever since!  As I entered Roseland Ballroom on April 19, 2011, I was certainly excited to see BAD and I don’t know if I can explain this properly, but there is just something magical about being in a legend like Mick Jones’ presence for 2 hours in a relatively small venue.  The show more than rocked.  The band was fantastic, the crowd was really into it and it was a show that you didn’t want to end. 

As I mentioned earlier, as the show finished, my night was just beginning and I hung out with Big Audio Dynamite at the afterparty.  Mick Jones was just delightful to talk to and you’d never know from talking to him that he is considered to be a living god to millions of people across the world (including myself) – for decades!  When I mentioned to Mick that I’d seen Carbon/Silicon (another great band he’s been in) in concert, he thanked me for coming to that show!  It takes a lot to shut me up, and that left me speechless!  I hope so much that some of these newer bands take a lesson from this because I will never be able to think of the band again without cracking a huge smile.  I thanked every member of Big Audio Dynamite for putting on such a great show and I thanked them all for the music and everyone was so cool!  Many thanks again to the band for so much great music over the years and for being so personable!

And now… the photos!

Dan Donovan (Keyboards) of Big Audio Dynamite and Geoffrey Dicker

Dan Donovan (Keyboards) of Big Audio Dynamite and Geoffrey Dicker

Don Letts (Big Audio Dynamite) and Geoffrey Dicker

Don Letts (Big Audio Dynamite) and Geoffrey Dicker

Greg Roberts (Big Audio Dynamite) and Geoffrey Dicker

Greg Roberts (Big Audio Dynamite) and Geoffrey Dicker

Leo Williams (E-Zee-Kill) of Big Audio Dynamite and Geoffrey Dicker

Leo Williams (E-Zee-Kill) of Big Audio Dynamite and Geoffrey Dicker

This party was the event that keeps on giving as if it weren’t enough to meet Big Audio Dynamite, attending the after party were Clem Burke of Blondie, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads and photos of those encounters are coming soon – so stay tuned!

An Encounter with Mick Jones

Posted by The G on April 20, 2011 under Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

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Mick Jones and Geoffrey Dicker

Mick Jones and G

Mick ffffing Jones!  The man is a legend.  Performing as a member of The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite and Carbon/Silicon, he is one of my personal gods.  Mick was in town to play with the recently reunited 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 beyond epic.  We were treated to a meet and greet with everyone from Big Audio Dynamite (photos of those encounters are coming soon, so please stay tuned).  When I was introduced to Mick Jones, I don’t think it’s possible that he could have been nicer.  As you all know from reading the site, I’ve met my share of legends from all walks of life and I have to say, Mick Jones ranks towards the top of the list in terms of being an all around cool person.  A legend with his accomplishments was absolutely thankful to each and every fan he met last night and I am so grateful for being able to have this experience.  Mick cracked a big smile as he signed my Carbon/Silicon CD and after I told him I saw that show several years ago, he thanked me for going!  I’m speechless!  All I can say, a million times, is thank you so much to Mick Jones for all the great music – past, present and future and for being one of the coolest guys on the planet (both in accomplishments and in personality).  Special thanks to Sony for throwing one of the best parties I’ve ever been to!  This is a night I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

Big Audio Dynamite live at Roseland

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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!

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