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Clem Burke and Geoffrey Dicker
The other night, I was backstage after the Big Audio Dynamite concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York and I met drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Clem Burke! He’s drummed for an impressive list of bands including Blondie, Eurythmics, Joan Jett, The Ramones, Pete Townsend, Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan! Whoa! Most recently I saw him drum from Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers and I got to tell him how amazing that performance was. He rocked so hard that night and it made it look effortless as he kept the beat. He was super cool as you can see from the above photo! Moments later, I got to be the fly on a wall as Clem Burke chatted with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Mick Jones (of the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite) and Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (of Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads). What a night! Thanks again Clem!
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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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