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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.
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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
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.
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