Tonight was always going to be a very special
night, billed as "Two Hours of music by The Clash", the only band that
matters. With Joe Strummer sadly no longer with us this was a
celebration of his life and his band The Clash.
The stage had a backdrop of flags of various nations with a stunning
light show, possibly the best I have seen at Mr Kyps. The band strolled
on to the stage, picked up their instruments and launched into English
Civil War. I suppose most fans are always a bit nervous when they see a
tribute band for the first time, just in case they don't do the band
they are supposed to be justice, nobody need worry as these four lads
had the sound just right.
The band comprises Mick(Guitar/Vocals), Oz(Guitar/Vocals, Paul(Drums/Vocals)
and Loka(Bass/Vocals) and you can tell from the offset that they are no
ordinary tribute act. They are so obviously fans of the band and their
music, you could also see that they had a great deal of fun up there on
stage playing music by their heroes.
There was a something for everyone, album tracks, b-sides and of course
the more well known singles, after about 20 minutes on stage Mick
announced to the audience "There's a party going on at the front,
everybody's welcome to join in", the early dancers at the front were
joined by many more, the mosh pit was a sea of aging bodies jumping up
and down, loving every minute of it. The Magnificent Seven, Guns of
Brixton, Clash City Rockers and b-side The Prisoner were all received
brilliantly with most of the audience singing along to every word. I
think most casual fans of The Clash are familiar with the classic
singles such as London Calling, Should I Stay or Should I Go and I
Fought the Law, however when you listen to two hours of their music you
can hear there is so much more to them, all sorts of influences and a
mix of different types of genres like punk, reggae and rock.
The best song of the night for me had to be Joe Strummer's masterpiece
Straight to Hell which The Clashed performed perfectly and with the same
attitude that the original band had done. I must single out Oz as a
absolutely amazing guitar player and vocalist, he looks the part and
sounds the part, he takes on Mick Jones and Joe Strummer parts equally
well. A Toots and the Maytals cover, Pressure Drop was thrown into the
set to add a bit of variety and this had the Kyps crowd frantically
dancing along.The last two numbers I have to say were just fantastic,
apart from being my two favourite Clash numbers, Complete Control and
White Riot were performed with so much energy. This put together with
the strobe lighting and the whole place had just an amazing atmosphere,
such a fitting way to end the evening on an absolute high.