Mick Jones teamed up with former Clash bandmate Paul Simonon and members of Primal Scream in London last night (December 8) for a gig dedicated to victims of the Hillsborough football tragedy.
The Clash duo made a rare appearance for a series of tracks at the Scala, including ‘Jail Guitar Doors’, ‘Brand New Cadillac’, footage of which you can watch by scrolling down and clicking below, and ‘Guns Of Brixton’, which saw Simonon step up for lead vocals. The pair also backed up Primal Scream for their hit ‘Rocks’ during the gig.
It was the first time Jones and Simonon had appeared together to play songs by their former band on tour since 1982.
Earlier, Hard-Fi‘s Richard Archer also made a surprise appearance on ‘Clampdown’.
The set saw Jones play 12 songs by The Clash in all, as members of The Farm, singer-songwriter Pete Wylie also helped out on the likes of ‘London Calling’, ‘Train In Vain’, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ and ‘Janie Jones’, which saw compere John Robb crowd surfing throughout the track.
Jones wrapped up the show with a second rendition of The Farm’s ‘All Together Now’, which he dedicated to John Lennon who was shot dead on the same day in 1980, and Big Audio Dynamite‘s ‘Rush’.
Earlier The Farm played a series of singles from their back catalogue including ‘Groovy Train’ and ‘Stepping Stone’ before they teamed up with Jones and Wylie.
The gig was part of a series of shows being staged around the country to promote the campaign set up by the friends and family of the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
Last week, The Stone Roses‘ Ian Brown and John Squire reunited onstage for the first time in 16 years[/url] during the tour’s Manchester gig.
The Hillsborough Justice Campaign shows continue tonight (9) at Liverpool University, where Billy Bragg and Cast singer John Power will be the special guests. The tour will then wrap up at Glasgow O2 ABC tomorrow (10).
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