Forget summer nights in Hamilton, Strummer nights are way better!
We were lucky enough to experience 2 straight nights of Joe Strummer songs at This Ain’t Hollywood this past weekend. Great crowds (the first night was capacity packed, second one almost) and a way better experience than having to live thru an evening of Gorillaz or Big Audio Dynamite to get your 2011 Clash fix. It was so good we already can’t wait for the next version on Good Friday and Easter Saturday of 2012. There wasn’t a bad act amongst the lineup with a heap of supergroups, one-offs, reunions and special guests appearing. Folk, Punk, Celtic, Rock, Reggae, Rockabilly, Thrash genres and everything in-between were all covered. Personal highlight had to be seeing the Letdowns (ex-Wetspots) play. Ah, so many good shows they’ve had and all the memories just came flooding back the moment they hit the stage! Our fave song, Straight to Hell got a sweet treatment and hearing Burning Lights from the soundtrack of I Hired a Contract Killer was fantastic! Top marks for The Saints Are Coming for bringing a great Celtic twist to some songs that we wish the video we took did more justice.
and speaking of video, this event got us thinking about investing in a better camera to take videos of live music with since our current setup is hit and miss. its just an everyday digital camera and not meant for live music. ahhhh, there’s always a reason for more gear!
Here’s some pics and some of the best of the video evidence. Visit our youtube site for all the vizness. More videos still being added as we post this. Thanks for the memories Strummer Night #9, we’ll see u again for 10!