Tighten Up The Volume 20111
The original Big Audio Dynamite is back! The groundbreaking rock-hiphop-reggae outfit formed by Mick Jones in the wake of The Clash will reunite after twenty five years for a series of international live dates, spearheaded by an appearance at the Coachella Arts and Music Festival on 16th April and full UK tour in March/April.
See them live
Tues 29th Liverpool O2 Academy
Wed 30th Glasgow O2 ABC
Thurs 31st Newcastle O2 Academy
Sat 2nd London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sun 3rd London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Weds 6th Nottingham Rock City
Thurs 7th Leeds O2 Academy
Fri 8th Manchester Academy
Sat 9th Bristol O2 Academy
Sat 16th Coachella Festival
Rightly credited with popularising sampling techniques and combining rock guitars with world beat, B.A.D has influenced everyone from Beastie Boys to Chemical Brothers and Gorillaz, with whom Jones recently finished a world tour alongside ex-Clash bassist Paul Simonon. B.A.D was at ground zero of the rock/hiphop revolution, releasing their first twelve-inch single ‘The Bottom Line’(remixed by Rick Rubin) on Def Jam Records. Subsequent hit singles included ‘E=MC2’, ‘Medicine Show’, ‘V-Thirteen’ and ‘C’mon Every Beatbox’.
The original group dispersed in 1988. A completely new line-up, known as B.A.D II, had success with singles ‘Rush’ and ‘The Globe’ before disbanding. Jones returned in 2005 with Carbon/Silicon and has produced a number of records, including The Libertines’ debut ‘Up The Bracket’. Co-songwriter and sample master Don Letts continued to direct films and videos, including ‘Dancehall Queen’ and The Clash documentary ‘Westway to the World’, for which he won a Grammy Award in 2003. Drummer Greg Roberts and bassist Leo ‘E-Zee-Kill’ Williams have released seven albums with Dreadzone, while keyboardist Dan Donovan continues to write and remix, working with Mark Moore among many others.
For Jones, this reunion represents unfinished business; carrying on the creative spirit of the Clash, whose frontman Joe Strummer co-wrote and produced B.A.D’s second album ‘No. 10 Upping Street’. The album is scheduled for a deluxe re-issue this year and will include several previously unreleased Strummer/Jones songs.