Justice Tonight comes home to Liverpool
Justice Tonight comes home to Liverpool

The second night of the Justice Tonight tour headed by Mick Jones & friends pulled into Manchester after kicking it all off in Cardiff, raising awareness for their cause and playing some damn fine music on the way the Justice Tonight tour turned into an even more special night as John Squire & Ian Brown shared the stage for the 1st time in 16yrs…
The Farms bassist Carl Hunter and ex Smith Mike Joyce who DJ’n on the night, both stopped by to talk to Carl Stanley from Louder Than War.

Justice Tonight tour- interviews with the Farm and a passing member of the Smiths
our roving reporter Carl Stanley speak to key insiders on that legendary night in Manchester...Justice Tonight tour- interviews with the Farm and a passing member of the Smiths

Carl Hunter

The 1st “Justice” show in Cardiff last night, how did it go…

‘Great….Cardiff was fantastic, the Welsh crowds are always great, James Dean Bradfield got up to play ‘Clampdown’ and a Pete Wylie song “Come Back”, the guy’s a star,…plays with an absolute passion & has strong political believes so having him get up on stage and play a few numbers was just magic. A decent lad is James and I’ve always loved The Manics, great band.’

Being involved right from the start with the Justice campaign, was the idea to always take the shows round the UK…

‘Yeah well we started it all off from the Olympia in Liverpool then Mick actually said why don’t we try and take it on tour as “Justice for the 96” it was initially called “Don’t Buy The Sun”, but I think “Justice for the 96” is a better title because it sort of gets to the heart of what we’re doing, justice for the 96 is the reason why were here tonight.’

Talking of don’t buy the Sun, fellow scouser Miles Kane did a review of his new single in The Sun recently, what do you think to that..

‘Yeah, well someone mentioned it last night at the soundcheck…I do think it’s disappointing yeah, that they’d do that,…but if you don’t know other peoples personal politics or anything like that it’s hard to say.., he does seem a nice lad, you know, I wouldn’t knock him because I don’t know his take on it all but no, I wouldn’t of said it was a good idea to have anything to do with the Sun but I’m not him so I can’t really say much, all I can say is I wouldn’t of done it.’

What’s the best thing that can come out of tonight & the tour in general, for you & the band…

‘That we simply raise awareness in the fight for justice for the 96, that’s the whole point of the tour, if people leave the Ritz tonight thinking about the reason why were all here tonight playing, you know, I’d say most people who come down will be pretty clued up & politically sussed anyway.
But for us it’s about spreading the awareness around the UK with these shows and putting on a terrific night. We’ve got MP Tom Watson who’s going to be talking at the Liverpool gig, Tom’s great and has been involved in the campaign since the start. It makes a difference having someone like him on board and we also have the Hillsborough Justice Campaign supporting us on tour as well. They’ve got there own stall at each show and have following the tour around, so yeah the support we’ve had up to now has been just fantastic & I’m looking forward to the rest of the dates.

Mike Joyce

You are DJ’n the night’s gig for the MCR “Justice” tour,..how did you get involved..

I worked with Pete Wylie in the past and we became great friends, so when he asked me to get involved I jumped at the chance.

There were several Manchester artists who got involved on the night like you and Ian Brown & John Squire and opening act tonight Liam Frost which was just fantastic,…for a start it’s nice to see somthing that started in Liverpool (the Farm, Pete Wylie and the whole issue around Hillsborough) coming to Manchester and gaining the support of Manchester artists like yourself don’t you think…
It’s great to see Manchester & Liverpool artist come together for the fight for Justice for the 96 isnt it…

I worked with Pete Wylie for quite some time and also Julian Cope ( who is an adopted Scouser!) so I’ve had a lot of contact with Liverpool over the years. There’s always been a healthy rivalry between Manchester & Liverpool, but when you’re talking about the injustice and the downright lies that were printed in a national newspaper about the tragedy at Hillsborough that personally affected many hundreds, in fact literally thousands and thousands of people, then all the differences be it football, music or whatever are firmly pushed to one side.

Ian & John playing,…was it a surprise to you as much as it was to everyone else that they turned out, it made for a real special night wouldn’t you say…

Very much so! I saw them going through the numbers at the soundcheck and it was quite a coup to get those guys on. It goes to show once again that we’re all in this together to show support and solidarity.

How about those who turned out for the night, can a tour like this really get a message out there(Justice for the 96, Don’t Buy The Sun), do you think it can make a difference,even in a small way…

I think it makes a difference for sure, and a big one too. Everybody on the planet understands the language of music. The Hillsborough tragedy and the disgraceful reporting of that fateful day by The S*n is forgotten by your average Joe, so bringing to the fore the journalism (if you can all it that) by the newspaper, then people can make up their own minds.

I also think it was a cause for celebration in that the people of Liverpool fought and campaigned to get the Home Secretary to have the original documents pertaining to the inquiry released.

I might be very wrong but I’m sure the Ritz is where The Smiths played their 1st Manchester show, their firstshow even, if I am right the venue must bring it all back to you…starting out with The Smiths..

That’s right. October 1982 supporting Blue Rhondo a la Turk. It was The Smiths very first show in fact. It does bring back some memories, although I must be forgiven for not remembering a lot about it. It was 29 years ago!

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