In Aid of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign
Mick Jones (The Clash/Big Audio Dynamite)
Plus surprise special guests at each venue to be announced
Last month I was honoured to be the compere at an emotional, powerful gig featuring Mick Jones from the Clash playing the most songs by the legendary band since he was in them. With a supporting cast including the great Pete Wylie and the Farm, the ‘don’t buy the Sun/justice for the 96’ gig was a prime example of what rock n roll is for.
It was powerful, political and connected with the people, Mick Jones said it was one his favourite all time gigs and emotion on his face as he played told you everything you need to know. Mick Jones has become one of the great elder statesmen for rock n roll, he still has the edge and the creative drive that will see a new BAD album next year but he also understand perfectly the legacy of the Clash a band that meant more than just being big. The political and social side of the Clash marked them out as something special and with this gig Jones connected directly with the idealism that we all invested in the band in the first place.
Connecting football, politics and rock n roll the gig in Liverpool was very special. The packed venue was pure emotion and the camaraderie swept the musician and the audience in a very special night that was a very big nudge to the powers that be to sort out the Hillsborough enquiry whilst telling Murdoch in pretty plain terms that his empire is over.
This is what we fought the punk rock wars for and proved the power of music in normally cynical times…
After a special one off show at Liverpool’s Olympia in aid of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign earlier this year, The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite’s Mick Jones, Pete Wylie, The Farm and special guests will tour Justice Tonight around the country this December to raise awareness of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
Every gig should have a reason and these shows are about getting Justice for the families, survivors and supporters of the 96 people who died at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground on 15th April 1989.
For Mick Jones this will be the first time he has toured performing Clash songs since 1982 and says:
“I’m totally honoured to be part of something so meaningful and I hope that we can do some good”Â
Joining Mick are Pete Wylie who’s powerful, emotional and political songs are just what are needed for these shows and ”ËAll Together Now’ legends The Farm.
The Hillsborough Justice Campaign continues to fight for justice for the victims of the disaster and for the truth to be established. Everyone volunteers their time and skills for free. As well as challenging the official version of events, the group also helps survivors of the disaster, many of whom have suffered long term psychological damage.
The HJC has operated in the face of great adversity for years and has had to utilise new technology to promote the campaign in the face of a hostile media. It is the view of the HJC that the Hillsborough Disaster and subsequent cover up is a miscarriage of justice. Human and civil rights were denied in the aftermath of the disaster. It is for this reason that the HJC is pleased to support the forthcoming concerts which aim to promote the broader issue of justice in a society where rights are increasingly being eroded.
Tom Watson MP, a supporter of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign will also be appearing on the tour on selected dates and there will be DJ Sets by Don Letts & Terry Farley at London Scala. More special guests will be announced soon.
Thursday 1st Cardiff Uni Solus 0292 078 1458
Friday 2nd Manchester HMV Ritz 0844 248 5117
Saturday 3rd Sheffield Leadmill 0844 477 1000
Thursday 8th London Scala 0207 403 3331
Friday 9th Liverpool University 0844 477 2000
Saturday 10th Glasgow O2 ABC 0844 499 9990
Ticket costs are ÃÂ£17.50 and are onsale Friday 11th November at 9am
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