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LONDON CALLING CLASH TRIBUTE – BAR 1

London Calling The Clash Tribute
London Calling The Clash Tribute

LONDON CALLING (THE CLASH TRIBUTE)
BAR 1, 28 JULY

In my time on this planet I’ve had the chance to see some of the top punk bands this world has ever seen. Real punk. The Stooges, Sex Pistols, Misfits, New York Dolls… and the closest I’ll ever get to The Ramones with Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg. 

The Clash unfortunately I would have no chance to ever see as they disbanded the year before I was born. When i saw that UK based tribute act, London Calling was doing an Australian tour, I was pretty intrigued to see them and see if they could be the closest I’d ever get to the real thing.

They were to play the Clash’s classic album also titled London Calling in full plus some of the greatest hits. 

The support act was Benny Mayhem who seemed to get a great response from the audience. I would have thought perhaps a local Punk act would fit better but Benny did a good job keeping the small audience entertained and engaged.

London Calling came out at 8:15 to a venue that was still quite empty but it didn’t seem to phase the boys at all. If you closed your eyes it was as genuine sounding as it gets. Which is what I did at times. They were dressed the part, and they were flawless in their delivery of the album.

About halfway through the album they opted to just start playing the hits and the crowd were really enjoying the proceedings. ‘I Fought The Law’ was an obvious highlight of the set, as well as the usuals. They finished off with a blistering ‘White Riot’ before leaving the stage. 

My personal highlight was when a dickhead crowd member attempted to heckle the front man who promptly put him in his place:  “Mate… don’t trade wits with an Englishman, you won’t win.”

It was a great performance, the sound was great, but the venue needs a bit of love and attention.  The floors and seats were sticky, the bar area stank of last night’s vomit.  Maybe they’d just had a heavy one the night before, maybe they were just wanting to add to the whole punk feel of the night, but, c’mon people, disinfectant!

Back to London Calling, they did a great job but it was clear they probably wanted to get out of there after they cut short playing the album in full. I don’t blame them. I hope the tour was a success boys and best of luck back home.

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