Monday, August 19, 2013

The Clash to reunite for UK radio event

The three surviving members of The Clash's classic lineup are set to reunite for an exclusive BBC Radio 6 Music show next month as they promote the September 9th release of three projects: “The Clash Hits Back”, “Sound System” and “The Clash 5-Studio Album Set”.

Guitarist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon and drummer Topper Headon will be interviewed by Cerys Matthews in front of an intimate audience of fans at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in west London.

The 2-CD best-of album, “The Clash Hits Back”, replicates the running order of the group’s July 19, 1982 setlist at the Brixton Fair Deal (now the Academy) with studio versions of the songs … plus 8 additional tracks.

“Sound System” is a 12-disc box set featuring all of The Clash’s seminal studio albums remastered, 3 CD demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides, DVD of all videos with unseen footage by Julien Temple and Don Letts, original and newly commissioned Clash fanzines, exclusive poster, dog tags, stickers, badges and more.

“The Clash 5 Studio-Album Set” is a separate box set which collect the band's original five studio albums (The Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Sandinista! and Combat Rock) into one package.

During the course of the BBC Radio 6 Music event, the punk trio will also take questions from the audience; fans have until midday Sunday, August 25 to apply for tickets; more information is available at the station's website here.

The show will be pre-recorded on September 6 before being broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music shortly after on a date to be confirmed.

"I am thrilled to be talking with Mick, Paul and Topper at length on 6 Music and will be asking them about their early years, their inspirations and where life has taken them since," said Matthews. "Their music gave a generation a voice not just in music, but in the choice of how they lived their everyday lives and it still sounds as great, as fresh and loaded with good intent as music can ever be."

Clash lead vocalist and guitarist Joe Strummer passed away in 2002 from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect at the age of 50.

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