Good Morning, Here’s The News…

…And it certainly is good. Last week, Mick Jones’ current group, Carbon/Silicon – whose album The Last Post rated in my Top 10 of 2007 – started a Friday residency at the Inn on the (Portobello) Green, in the Clash‘s old home territory of Ladbroke Grove. They warned of special guests, but few could have predicted that former Clash drummer Topper Headon would join Mick Jones on stage for the first time in 25 years. YouTube footage of “Train In Vain” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” reveals Topper looking more healthy and spritely than in many a year. It also shows the Inn on The Green to be as up close and personal a venue as the old Railway Hotel was for the Who. The residency looks like a riot and I wish I could attend one of the upcoming five weeks. Perhaps I will… Thanks to Shona for the heads-up.

NB: Turns out the Inn already had a booking for this Friday the 18th, so Mick Jones, Tony James and co, got bumped. (And no doubt, brought back down to earth, too.) The residency will resume on Friday the 25th and continue for four weeks thereafter. Admission is £10 a head, first come first served. More info at the C/S web site.

More Carbon/Silicon at iJamming!
Live review
Album review
Clash pages start here

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1 Comment(s)

  1. paul

    22 January, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Hello Tony,

    The night went beyond all expectations – Topper was beaming nearly as much as Mick Jones and Tony James! The ‘Last Post’ went down well with the audience – tacit. However, there was a huge surge forward to the stage ( like there was room!) when Mick introduced Topper on stage and the familiar and warming notes of ‘Train in Vain’ rang out. This followed by ‘Should I Stay or Should I go’ reminding, if needed, the undying god-like genius of Mick Jones, et al.

    Happy to send some pictures of the event across.

    Thanks for the years of enlightenment – I still have some of those early Jamming magazines!


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