THE SPECIALS have announced a full European tour for 2011, including UK dates. See the UK dates below.

11 & 12 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
14 Manchester Apollo
16 Hull Arena
18 Glasgow SECC
21 Nottingham Arena
23 Plymouth Pavilion
24 Cheltenham Centaur
25 Brighton Centre
27 Bournemouth International Centre
28 Cardiff International Arena
29 Coventry Ricoh Arena

3 London Alexandra Palace


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Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, a veteran of bands including Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Coil, has died aged 55.

Christopherson created record sleeve art in the ’70s for Factory Records and bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. He took the first promo pic of the Sex Pistols and created window displays for Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s clothes shop, SEX. In 1976 he formed Throbbing Gristle and Industrial Records.

Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, 1955-2010.

Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.


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LONDON: The Horse Hospital
THU 9TH DEC, 2010 6pm

She’s A Punk Rocker UK is a documentary that tells punk herstory told by some of the women who created the punk scene in the UK. Directed by Zillah Minx of Rubella Ballet, the film features interviews with Vi Subversa, Eve Libertine, Helen of Troy, members of Hagar the Womb, Brigandage, Youth In Asia, and the Crass collective. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Zillah Minx, Poly Styrene (X Ray Spex) and Gaye Advert (The Adverts).



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 Bob Wayne - 07.12.2010 - Tunbridge Wells - Tunbridge Wells Forum  Bob Wayne - 08.12.2010 - Southampton - The Joiners  Bob Wayne - 09.12.2010 - Leicester - Firebug  Bob Wayne - 10.12.2010 - Glasgow - The Captains Rest  Bob Wayne - 13.12.2010 - Newcastle-under-Lyme - Trillians  Bob Wayne - 14.12.2010 - Leeds - Josephs Well  Bob Wayne - 15.12.2010 - London - 12 Bar Club  Bob Wayne - 23.02.2011 - Newcastle (GB) - Prehistoric Sounds Club  Buster Shuffle - 08.12.2010 - Manchester - Moho Live  Buster Shuffle - 09.12.2010 - Glasgow - Cathouse  Buster Shuffle - 10.12.2010 - London - The Garage  Buster Shuffle - 11.12.2010 - Southampton – Unit  Deadline - 12.03.2011 - London - The Gaff  Demented Are Go - 04.03.2011 - London - The Gaff  Demented Are Go - 05.03.2011 - Manchester - Gulliver's Bar  Frenzy - 27.11.2010 - Midsomer Norton - Wunderbar  Frenzy - 11.03.2011 - Northampton - Bedlam Breakout  Mad Sin - 27.01.2011 - Peterborough - Club Revolution  Mad Sin - 28.01.2011 - Newport - Six Feet Under  Mad Sin - 29.01.2011 - London - The Garage  The Creepshow - 08.12.2010 - Manchester - Moho Live  The Creepshow - 09.12.2010 - Glasgow - Cathouse  The Creepshow - 10.12.2010 - London - The Garage  The Creepshow - 11.12.2010 - Southhampton - Unit  The Creepshow - 12.12.2010 - Leeds - The Cockpit  The Grit - 22.11.2010 - Bristol - The Croft  The Grit - 23.11.2010 - Cambridge - Man On The Moon  The Grit - 24.11.2010 - London - Underworld  The Grit - 25.11.2010 - Derby - Old Bell  The Grit - 28.01.2011 - Newport - Six Feet Under  * *     
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 Monday, November 22, 2010  Sheffield's globe-trotting rockers set to reunite this Friday  Over 700 people are travelling from as far away as the USA and Oman to pack Wellington Street's Casbah venue in Sheffield this Friday for one of the biggest rock reunions the city has ever seen.  Former punters of legendary local heavy metal venues like Rebels and the Wapentake Bar are out in force to mark the publication of 'SIGNING ON FOR THE DEVIL', a book that celebrates Sheffield's iconic status in the heavy metal music world.  Neil Anderson, who wrote the book and has organised the massive Reunite In Rock event, said: "After a year of research it is great to see the book finally out there and getting such a fantastic reaction.  "We know ex-pats are travelling half way across the globe to be here and books have already been ordered by rock fans right across the world.  "We're also hoping, hangovers allowing, that plenty will make it to the heavy metal event at Waterstones in Orchard Square the following where I'll be doing a book signing and be joined by loads of other faces that helped make the scene over the years."  Reunite In Rock takes place at Sheffield's Casbah venue (formerly the Wapentake) this Friday, November 26, and includes former Rebels/Roxy DJ Lez, former Wapentake DJ Ken, former Rebels DJ Bob Maltby, former Roxy/Drop DJ Mutley and former Drop DJ Rice.  The event lasts from 10pm-3am. Advance tickets are available at £8 each from Rocky Horrors on Division Street or on the door.  Neil Anderson will be signing copies of his 'SIGNING ON FOR THE DEVIL' book at Waterstones, Orchard Square, this Saturday, November 27, between 2pm and 4pm.  'SIGNING ON FOR THE DEVIL' is published by ACM Retro and is on sale from The Star Shop and other good bookshops for £12.95 
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 THE SPECIALS TOUR DATES 2011Š.THE SPECIALS TOUR DATES 2011Š.THE SPECIALS TOUR DATES 2011Š European shows: Thursday 15-Sep Amsterdam Paradiso Friday 16-Sep Copenhagen Vega Sunday 18-Sep Stockholm Circus Monday 19-Sep Berlin Astra WednesdaY 21-Sep Munich Muffathalle Thursday 22-Sep Milan Alcatraz Saturday 24-Sep Cologne E Werk Sunday 25-Sep Hamburg Grosse Freiheit Tuesday 27-Sep Paris Olympia Wednesday 28-Sep Brussels Ancienne Belgiqueap UK Shows: Tuesday 11-Oct Wolverhampton Civic Wednesday 12-Oct Wolverhampton Civic Friday 14-Oct Manchester Apollo Sunday 16-Oct Hull Arena Tuesday 18-Oct Glasgow SECC Friday 21-Oct Nottingham Arena Sunday 23-Oct Plymouth Pavilion Monday 24-Oct Cheltenham Racecourse Tuesday 25-Oct Brighton Centre Thursday 27-Oct Bournemouth International Centre Friday 28-Oct Cardiff Arena Saturday 29-Oct Coventry Ricoh Arena Thursday 3-Nov London Alexandra Palace 
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Vive Le Rock had a great night at the Mathew Ashman memorial show. Great sets from the Chiefs of Relief, Bow Wow Wow before Adam Ant played a killer finale. thnaks for everyone coming along and donating to a very good cause. Vive Le Rock!

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 GYPSY HOTEL  ³Bourbon Soaked Snake Charmin' Rock'n'Roll Cabaret²  Saturday 20 November 2010  **LINE UP**  THE MARSEILLE FIGS  -Folk Punk Jazz Pop!  *They are weird, and we love them for it! A mix between The Kinks, ragtime, Joe Meek, experimental Jazz, Buddy Holly's glasses and Elvis Costellos smelly shoes ­ with members of The Pogues joining in!  Their EP The Long Goodbye is out now! (Vinyl/Download/CD) <>  ****   MISS BEHAVE  - Legendary Sword Swallower!  *We are delighted to finally have the fantastic Miss Behave check in to The Hotel. Star of many shows including Kamikaze Freakshow and La not miss, and do not try at home! <>  ****  NICK MARSH AND THE WALTZING BONES  - Red Hot'N'Ready Crooning!  *Nick is the lead guitarist in The Urban Voodoo Machine and he was the singer in Flesh For Lulu. With his ³solo shit² (his term, not ours) he's got a cool lounge vibe going. Do yourself a favour and check out his recently released album ³A Universe Between Us² (Download/CD) <>  ****  ROXY VELVET  ­ Divine Burlesque Circus Starlet!  *When Rockin' Roxy dances you fucking know about it ­ one of the best around! <>    ***  THE TROPICS OF CANCER  -Surreal Trash Exotica!  *The last time Joe Whitney & She Rocola's crazy Camden collective played Gypsy Hotel their set varied from glam rock, Beethowen, jazz, Japanese traditional music and Norwegian lullabies ­ we're very curious to see what they'll cook up this time!  Check the album ³Introduction To A Rumor² (CD/Download) <>  ***  FOLK GRINDER  -Sea Shanty Rock'n'Folk'Roll!  *Hold on to yer seats and drinks, Koozie Johns is yer Captain and the Skippers accordion is drunk! Sing along or sink! <>   ***  ALLEGRA SHOCK - Plays The Electric Harp!  *We ran into this chick sitting outside another hotel playing a rather unusual instrument and simply had to book her!  ***   ROSIE MERES ­ Belly Dancing Bad Girl!  *She finally returns to shake it for us!!  ***   dj SCRATCHY ­ Resident Wax-Spinner!  *Scratchy has been our resident DJ, compere and musical guidance since the beginning of the club. He has toured the world as a warm up DJ for The Clash, Gogol Bordello, Dr Feelgood, The Urban Voodoo Machine and The Pogues amongst others. Do not ask him to play Madonna! Do check out his weekly radio show though! <>      Doors 8pm  Show starts 9pm  Drinking and Dancin' till 4am!    £6.66 before 10pm £9.99 after.  (Advance tickets priced £7 availiable from <> )  NO UGG BOOTS!  PUB PRICES!    The Woodstore Bar & Grill   (Below Pleasance Theatre)  1 Carpenters Mews, Caledoinian Rd N7 9EF  (2 min walk from Caledoinian Rd Tube ­ buses 390 & 393 stops outside)  Tel. 0207 7001858 <>  Table reservations and info: <>   Join our Facebook group here: <>  YES, Brothers and Sisters, GYPSY HOTEL HAVE A NEW HOME!  (At least till they turn this joint into a Starbucks/shoppingmall or something equally non-cultural!)     We held our 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY at THE WOODTORE in Caledonian Road and it was a great SUCSESS! (we hope you agree if you were there!)     This place has got what we've been looking for!  *A DECENT STAGE that you can see wherever you are in the room!  *Cool barstaff serving you moderately priced drinks in actual glass (not plastic!)  *A smoking area where you can drink!  *Cool bouncers, clean toilets etc......did I forget something? Well, I should probably mention that the dressing rooms are big enough for the talents we are putting on!  So we are planning to be at this venue every 3rd Saturday, like we were at Bardens Boudoir ­ well, except the 3rdSaturday in December, but we'll be here on NEW YEARS EVE!     (Dates are: 15 January, 19 February, 19 March etc ­ and yes I am looking for suitably weird performers for future events ­ drop me a line (sniff) <>     Advance tickets are now availiable priced £7 and by getting one of those it means you can jump the queue and save £2 if you intend to come after 10pm. Get them here: <>  (we still operate original price by the way, £6.66 before 10pm)     I'm very happy to be putting on a party at this place, I'll hope you'll join us!   Peace, Love and Bourbon,  Paul-Ronney Angel   
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Kirk Brandon (vocals) interview

The new album features some very rocked out guitar-courtesy of Adrian
Portas I presume?

“Yep. There’s a lot of guitar bashing going down on this album. One particularly wild solo is on ‘The People Who Live On The Moon’…. Adrian really lets rip on that one. It’s that kind of trak. Blast off! It’s my homage to an ex-girlfriend who had a Bolivian Passport , every bottle said drink me to her, and kept falling down stairs. Even I, realized it wasn’t going to be a ‘beautiful relationship’ as she bounced down the woodwork yet again. Doh!  ‘People Who Live In The Moon’ as in 24/7 lunatics! What you could call a modern relationship I suppose nowadays.”

And there are Celtic influences on the new album too?
“There’s one song which is about drinking that wonderful 7.5 Nigerian Guinness. It isn’t particularly celtic musically but there’s always a drop of celtic hanging about Spear. I think it’s a good thing to have a bit of celtic lyricism in music. From the great late ‘Thin Lizzys’ Phil Lynot through to Stuart Adamson & Bruce Watsons ‘Big Country’. The celtic songwriter has always been seen as a rebel and an outsider, and has had lyricism in their way of writing songs.”

You have an incredibly loyal following, what do you attribute this too?
“I think one thing that people have always understood is that Spear is first and foremost a rock band. It may go off at tangents occassionaly or become fairly dark both lyric wise and musically but, when it hits the stage it’s vintage Marshalls & Fenders cranked up. It’s full on rock music. This is a sound that needs no introduction, people will always get it. It hammers. I don’t know how to back off. When I sing it’s the sound of my life, of me, I don’t know how to retreat. I think audiences understand this instinctually and it comes across as an immediate communication. Stages amplify who and what you are and why you are doing it. Anyone can tell a faker up there, there’s nowhere to hide.”

I saw you play with U2 at Wembley stadium back in the day. That must have been a great period for you?
“That was a momentous day. I dreamt since a boy, of playing Wembley… football! Alternatively, music would do! Stepping out on that Wembley stage was just about THE most memorable day in my life. 70/80,000 people, all up for it! brillianto! U2 watched us from the side of the stage, and Bono said some great things afterwards. Both he and The Edge were both really into my old band THEATRE OF HATE because of the innovative guitar work and the whole filmic soundscape created by Mick Jones of THE CLASH, who produced it. I came off and lay down on a bench and went to sleep backstage. Completely shattered after playing. The whole period itself was a high point… what with ‘NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE’ up the top end of the charts at the time.
When the whole thing works, the machine virtually operates on remote.”  

And are you still doing anything with Theatre of Hate? It was great  to see Billy Duffy on stage with you again when you supported the Cult.
“Theatre of Hate is an off/on situation. Certain members have health issues and it’s a case of when and if available. The re-union tour was a truly great event for all involved. Luke Rendle the drummer was on great form and given an ovation basically, at the London Academy show by the crowd. He’d earned it and he was always a favourite with the London crowd. His is an absolutely unique drumming style which has influenced a ton of drummers. A certain amount of pride was up there that night on show. Ian and Billy shortly after hearing we were playing again, offered us some dates on THE CULT tour. Billy had played guitar with Theatre of Hate obviously and he joined us on stage several nights. The Manchester show with them was a great night  when he came back on for the song "WESTWORLD’ and played a blinding solo all over the end part of the song. The thousands of people there that night absolutely loved that moment. He let rip and played whatever came into his head!”  

And finally, anything special planned for the forthcoming Vive Le Rock sponsored Spear Of Destiny tour?
“We are going to play 2 sets each night. The first set will be the new album ‘OMEGA POINT" which is being released end of October. Then the second set will be culled from all the EPIC years albums, ‘GRAPES OF WRATH’, ‘ONE EYED JACKS’ and ‘WORLD SERVICE’.
A lot of music from some great albums. It’s obviously the launch of the new album, but the second set is a list of classic Spear songs which everyone wishes to see us play again. I believe they won’t be disappointed.”


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Tell us about the new Sham 69 album Tim?
“Well that’s a loaded question… well the new album or the ‘bloody’ album as its become know is in effect 1 year over due. The problem for us all in the band is that we wanted this to be a good album on all fronts really, but as many bands know there is know such thing and as such it will either be loved or hated in equal measures. This album is one that we have argued over and at times it has torn us apart and brought us back together. We wanted it to be an album whose songs were real and not the syrupy and insincere rants of someone who’s fallen out of a tree. We want all the songs to not only tell a story but also reflect what’s ‘really’ happening around us. Now many may think FUCK what was they thinking and ‘we don’t wanna be depressed and listen to struggle and angst’…so if you’re one of those who don’t then try fucking living where I am!! The point of US… YOU… THEM the fans is that we have had enough… what’s fucking changed in 30 years NOTHING. The album does in a way reflect what we see and I think more so with this band, that it should not be packaged and just shoved out as ‘another’ SHAM 69 album or any other punk oi album. The point is we don’t want it to appeal to a zero generation market anymore, we want it to appeal to the Old SHAM fans who still come to the shows and still wanna kick some shit…we want this album to appeal to Kids that have realised they have been window shopping amongst what the Corporates who’ve been force feeding them, but above all we want this to say to people that yes we are fucking real and the songs reflect this. We have songs like HALL OF FAME that is more to make a light hearted scrutiny of the shit we see everyday on the TV and in the papers and songs like PUBLIC ENEMY and WHO KILLED JOE PUBLIC the title track that say it the way it is. I’m sure there will be many who will be plucking a dagger out of their heart, but many who will say fucking right or if your American fuck yeah.  The thing is we have worked hard on this and though some may say well it ain’t SHAM 69 well. OK explain to me what SHAM 69 album over the last 30 years has been the same… none that’s the answer… but what I see and the other guys in the band is that we must get real and reflect what’s going on around us.”

And this is the second album without Jimmy Pursey – a legendary member of Sham. It must have been a huge hill to climb with the new line-up and huge shoes to fill.
TIM V: “Well I always thought that this question would die the death… but over the years I have come full circle on the whys and wherefors. So yes I would be lying if I didn’t say it wasn’t hard, but it’s the same with any band in a situation like ours. The thing is I have found that since the start 1,000s of fans have never really been on the ball as they would like to have us believe and this is mainly due to them being let down and forgotten. The band has literally picked itself up from nowhere and though some would have us believe that it was the greatest travesty in the world, there are many who have thought it was the greatest thing since D-DAY. The thing that had been forgotten, even by myself was that despite the reasons Jimmy left and the subsequent mountain of crap we’ve had to deal with…he Jimmy Pursey has had his own life and ambitions to get on with. Unfortunately many fans out there feel that when someone leaves, then it is they who will preside over the future of the band. Yet at no point do they ever put themselves out to one find out why it happened and two what the band wants and feels. My take on it for sceptical fans is be brave and at least check us out then you have like all free men and women a thing called ‘the freedom of choice’…come see the band again or stay at home and play your old albums…simple!”

“The thing is when we started off despite the rest of the guys and myself having vast experience, not only in SHAM 69 but in other tense situations, we were all very green..almost reborn..but like the lit wood beneath Joan Of Arc you start to realise the reality when the flames are licking your arse. After our first gig I said to the guys that the only way this will work is to restore the bands credibility amongst its fans and the industry which at that point it was rock bottom. So I said we must structure the set and give the fans some beef and so we did. It was also important to take the band out of the cul de sac to which it had embedded itself and PLAY!!!!…and not do 20 minute sets!!!”

“My personal emotions have been through Hell and Back over this, be it through respect for the old and the new but one thing that has always remained and that’s the logic of right and wrong. I have had fans slag me off I’ve had fans saying I’m brilliant…I’ve had those that have slagged me off praising me months down the line forgetting they’ve slagged me off…I’ve had people retract criticism of this band after seeing us…and of course those who just don’t care and stay at home. But overall one thing that I have learnt is take it for what it is and I say this following a review of the Western Culture album in the Independent newspaper years back and it read that “it was a farce and a SHAM due to them sadly missing Jimmy Pursey’s lyrics… now despite us laughing our heads off we thought..did you even listen to it… more so for the point that Jimmy had written them. So I have learnt that a lot of criticism we get is sheer bollocks and spite and very sad. I do however have a little giggle with people who don’t even know what’s going on and it would break their hearts if they knew all what this band has gone though internally… and as such a guy who came up to me with the looks of a spy and said ere ere… tapping me on the shoulder…ere ere… Jimmy you ain’t ‘ad that plastic surgery lark…you know that botox stuff..’ave yer……….what do you say to people like that???? So that’s what happened..4 years on we have toured 3/4s of the world released 3 albums and now have a feature film coming out as well as bringing many old fans back… won many over and converted 1000s more…and as that geezer on the Everest ad’s says YOU DIDNT THINK WE’D BE DOING THAT..DID YOU!”

But is this still really Sham 69?
“Well I will let Dave chuck his bit in….Dave Parsons..Is the new Pope still Catholic? Of course this is still Sham 69, what people have to remember is, that from the day I formed Sham 69 there have been constant line-up changes, half way through making our first single “I don’t wanna” we had a bass player change, by the start of our third album we changed drummers, in 1986 we had a new drummer and again a bass player. In the eyes of most people at the time, including ATV and SniffinGlue man Mark P Sham 69 was the only true Punk band, what we believed in and our approach to what we did was unique, these qualities still remain with the band to this day – this is not a sham, it’s the real thing. If anything, during the nineties I think we had drifted away from our fan base, with Mr Pursey becoming more and more out of touch with the people who were coming to see us, but with the arrival of Tim V who came with all the right credentials we’re firmly back on course, as can be wittnessed at any Sham gig.”

“Sham 69 was always prominently a live band, a band that needed to be out in front of its audience, and as I’ve said before, throughout the nineties up till 2006 we were barely playing six gigs a year, for the last four years we’ve hardly stopped, playing many countries and continents we never played before including being the first ever major UK punk band to tour China. So in answer to your question, Yes, Sham 69 cannot get any more real than it is now. Tim V: Well again like I said its all about how people deal with reality…for me there have been 100s of bands like us and have had many changes both in personnel and styles of music. But the biggest bollocks I want to correct and drive home to people is….if you consider yourself to be judge and jury for the Court Of Punk and enforce the laws, then lets get one thing straight. Punk was an attitude, it was about smashing down the apathetic stereotypes… trashing the old ways and destroying the statutes of leadership and idolism… to continuously evolve. So why on earth should we… YOU… place so much into keeping hold of the past and creating an idol, a god…do you value yourselves as fans so low…? Have you all this time just been blindly following a leader because you’re such scum a lower form of life that you don’t have the intelligence to think for yourselves?! Well my friends many have woken up and many left, disillusioned and destroyed. Many realised that they ‘are’ worthy and proud…at that’s the way it should fucking be now. The SHAM 69 fans now young or old are the fucking elite in my books and I am proud and honoured to see them at every gig..they, us.. and the music are like a fucking army kicking out the shit and not acting like downtrodden serfs!”

Since the new line-up formed you have played all over the world. What sort of reaction are you getting?
TIM V: “Reaction…..? Well ‘christ they’ve turned up’ is one reaction…..and…after 20 mins its ‘wow more songs’…LOL…no I think after all this time, that we have been able to judge peoples reaction 10 times over having done that many shows. I think in the first wave the reaction was of hmmm errr..yea great. Some were bewildered as  to what the line up was and you’d see out of the corner of your eye the occasional couple of fans pointing out whose the old guys and whose the new…but like it is 4 years on nobody points anymore. It then went through a phase where people’s reaction would be mixed from ‘where’s Jimmy’? to ‘Jimmy you’ve still got it’…then it was at that point that I judge the reaction with scepticism…Then it was, as is today total mayhem.. people go mad and more so when they realise they are free to show their emotions without seeing strops onstage and the band walking off..or doing short sets. However, needless to say we do have to keep a eye on things but mostly its all good fun. The reactions have been more animated abroad and especially in countries where the band has never been before. Most who have never seen the band the first time round dont give a shit, they respect what they see there and then and have that engraved on their minds…some who did but emigrated or caught the band in Germany or such like, have welcomed the change…but as with most things if they dont like it they dont come. But having played 100s of shows now to packed out venues I cant say that the no shows have effected us. Places like Oz and Japan were brilliant and it was a blast to see so many screaming faces.”

“I think reactions now are more sincere as the news of this line up has reached the furthest regions and we get mails from all over the world where they either say they were sad at shows that were due to happen ‘pre-me’ that never happened…or you’ve restored my faith blah blah. Of course I get mails calling me a cunt or on You Tube..who’s the fat poof etc etc…but I know that its easier to criticise, when your unseen and sad. Id rather react by putting on a great show and above all respecting my audience…Its been way better since Al Campbell joined the band as I saw him as the missing link, because he brought so much with him with his experience with the UK SUBS. He has almost balanced to performance onstage and with the 2 war horses like Ian on the drums and the Vicar on guitar its great for the fans…after all it is they who matter most.”

And tell me about the forthcoming Sham 69 film?
TIM V: “Aaaah the film..hmm well that is getting scary as its nearly finished and ready for the TV and Cinema. Currently its being fought over by C4/Filmfour and Sky for the TV and the Cinema is being scheduled for the UK and USA….Europe to follow. The film was to be honest something I had lined up in my 5 year plan….yes 5 year plan!!! So please don’t send me any Left wing applications…or Right wing for that matter!! I wanted to get the bands human politics exposed on the screen in full view of everyone. There’s one thing that always bugged me about this bloody band and that’s how it allowed itself to be viewed through eyes of one person. When that happens you get dictatorship and egotistical leaders, who then lose their way. What you then see, is a band that is only recognised by its singer or Guitarist etc …not for the fucking band or its music. The fans have been used to so much bollocks over the years and its hard to look at old footage and sit there think yeah right we was all taken in by that…so when that happens the hurt you’ve had for 30 odd gets worse. I think its important that if there are stronger characters in a band, that people see that because theyve seen everyone else too, not just one person. So this film is a warts n all film. It was an idea that I had of filming our tour of China. I knew that there was many parts of China that hadnt even seen a fucking band, let alone a Punk band…and from England. I also wanked off at the prospect of a major reaction to the 2 most alien concepts PUNK and Chinese Communism…what would they do and how will they react. The thing was, we wasnt ready for it and it was crushingly sad at times and to be honest hard. I had in effect created a monster, but one this time that had to win and not be destroyed by some Hollywood hero. I wanted to see this band destroyed on film in order for us to face ourselves and our weakness’s….and it did. I feel that since we did it we are more stornger than we have ever been as is the band SHAM 69. The film ended up being more than the tour of China, as it follows us all back in blighty and what we are like off the stage. You will see tears and punch ups, but what you will see most  of all is 4 guys who in all intents and purposes being members of one of the most fucked up and powerful bands the world is ever likely to see….and above all honest enough to not be pretend rockers. I feel the fans are owed it and so is ‘SHAM 69’!!!!”


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 4th - 7th AUGUST 2011  Welcome to the latest update from REBELLION  Greetings everyone, hope the frosty weather isnt stopping you from getting out and about to the many great gigs that are happening at the moment!  Well its only two weeks till the end of the early price tickets so if you are fed up of recieving socks and pants for xmas then tell Santa to get off his backside and get you a Rebellion ticket instead!  Just a reminder - they are £80 for the full four days until Nov 30th (they'll become £100 on December 1st so its well worth it to save yourself or your nearest and dearest £20)  Hot news off the press - just confirmed in the last half hour to headline Bizarre Bazaar - CAPTAIN SENSIBLE AND HIS BAND featuring alongside the Captain will be Monty (Damned), Paul Gray (Damned, UFO!, Eddie and the hot rods), Dave Berk (Johnny Moped, Damned) and a gorgeous girlie on Backing Vocals that i dont know her name yet! Playing all the 80's hits for the first time in years - Happy Talk, Wot, Jet Boy, Jet Girl etc  - cant wait, its gonna be a special night.  Speaking of special nights, we are proud to have HEAVY METAL KIDS as an Arena headline, the boys are back with a great new single and now have John Altman aka Nasty Nick Cotton from Eastenders doing a superb job on vocals.  John and the boys will also be doing an interview on the literary stage with John Robb over the weekend - there'll be some stories in there!!!!  Also keeping the special theme - THE OUTCASTS one of Belfasts finest will play their only European show and their first gig since 1983 - already a lot of excitement coming in on this one.  Back after a well earned break are ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE who up until last year had never missed a UK festival - a welcome return for Animal and Co.  Also on Bizarre - SURFIN TURNIPS - think The Wurzels meet The Clash for some west country drinking and crazy shananigans!!! From the Czech Republic PIPES AND PINTS - check them out on myspace they are awesome!  So get yer tickets and come and join the party!!!!  Cheers Daz and the rebellion lot xxx  WHEN: Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th August  WHERE: The Winter Gardens, Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HL, UK  TICKETS: See opposite or CLICK HERE ( )  ACCOMMODATION / TOURIST INFO:  * ALL AGES * DESIGNATED SMOKING AREA * RE-ENTRY  TICKETS ON SALE NOW!  EARYL BIRD TICKETS - SPECIAL OFFER EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 30th  Weekend Price - £80  AVAILABLE FROM:  REBELLION FESTIVALS Email: Call 02476 601678 (+44 2476 601678 from      outside the UK)  WE ALSO ACCEPT PAYPAL  Please visit for  more info  Cheques / PO's payable to Rebellion Festivals.   Please send with an SAE to:  65 Whitecross Rd Hereford HR4 0DQ  Allow 28 Days for delivery.  
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 London¹s iconic but beleaguered Temple to Music, Oxford Street¹s 100 Club, continues to receive increasingly high profile pledges of support from the worlds of rock and blues.   Jazz trombonist Chris Barber is the latest high profile name to show his support. Last week Stephen Dale Petit was interviewed by BBC London about his concerns and love for the venue - he-100-club.html      New Blues pioneer Stephen Dale Petit has announced the donation of all proceeds from the forthcoming single taken from his new album ŒThe Crave¹, the appropriately titled ŒNeed Your Love So Bad¹, to the Save The 100 Club campaign. The single, now officially titled ŒNeed Your Love So Bad (Save The 100 Club)¹ is released on December 6th and is expected to sell heavily to an enthusiastic, fast-growing and proactive grassroots movement which includes nearly 20,000 Facebook supporters.   This follows Stephen Dale Petit¹s December 1st 100 Club Benefit gig at the club featuring Special Guests, Rolling Stones¹ guitarists Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor and (exclusively confirmed here) a rare live appearance from octogenarian British Blues Boom architect, jazz trombonist Chris Barber.   In the early 1960s, Barber (along with blues trailblazers Alexis Korner and John Mayall) was directly responsible for encouraging young hopeful musicians like Eric Clapton, Peter Green and members of The Rolling Stones and helped to foment the British Blues explosion that in turn resulted in the British Blues Invasion exported back to the US in the mid to late 1960s.   Organizer Petit enthuses ³It¹s fantastic that Chris Barber¹s coming down to play ­ he¹s the Godfather of modern British music and his connections to the 100 Club are deep and longstanding²   More names for the December 1st Benefit will be announced in coming weeks. See also <> <>   
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 VIV ALBERTINE ‘Home Sweet Home ( Christmas)’ December 13th download only Let’s face it, Christmas never goes to plan. There’s always something that gets in the way. The perfect seasonal tale, with it’s Dickensian morality or heartwarming Hollywood values is, for the vast majority of the human race, an unattainable myth... This year, we’re hoping that Simon Cowell chokes on his turkey feet and chips when he realises that his Government-sanctioned Z Factor chart dominance has been trounced by the return of a much-loved British punk icon. Legendary former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine has recorded the ultimate alternative Christmas song, ‘Home Sweet Home ( Christmas)’. What an incredible triumph of taste, humour, politics, feminism, counter-culture and freedom of thought it would be to elevate this record to a mainstream hit, sweeping aside the misogynist, ageist, sterile teen pap that the pop moguls would love to lumber us with. Viv Albertine shot to prominence in 1976 as lead guitarist of the original all-girl punk band The Slits. The band became hugely influential, both musically and culturally. They meshed punk and reggae culture, and smashed the preconceptions surrounding ‘women in rock’. The band’s debut album Cut is still regularly cited on lists of the greatest albums ever made. Viv retired from music after The Slits disbanded in 1982, but has been making a gradual return over the last two years. ‘Home Sweet Home ( Christmas)’ not only showcases the imagination, originality and chops that changed rock music forever in the Seventies, it also demonstrates that Albertine has lost none of her edge and wit. Time has failed to diminish her willingness to challenge convention, throw a spanner in the works, and unite people under a banner of well-natured honesty. Virginia Woolf once stated that the three rules of great writing were to survive, create beauty, and tell the truth. Viv Albertine did this as a girl and a young woman, and now she’s doing it again. Give her your support, and give her your ears.  download the MP3 here: or listen to a stream here:  
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 Wire will head off on a world tour from New Zealand to America starting in January and finishing in April     Following a series of low key performances culminating in 3 "exclusive, sold out weeks in advance" nights in intimate venues (NME gig of the week at the Lexington, London & Audioscope Festival in Oxford) Wire's core trio of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis & Robert Grey augmented by new live guitarist Matt Simms [see Wire news 21.05.10 <> at] will be bringing their brand of what Clash calls, "musical history in the making <> " to a bigger audience in support of their forthcoming album Red Barked Tree (Jan 10th 2011).  During the first 4 months of 2011 the band will play in 16 countries on 3 continents kicking off with an album launch at The Rough Trade East Store <>  and finishing at a location in North America we cannot for the moment reveal.     Further live news will be revealed as and when we are able it make it available, this will include festivals throughout the summer.  
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 GROEZROCK 2011  Classic pop punk band The Descendents have confirmed that they will be playing at Belgium's Groezrock festival in April. Taking place on the 23rd and 24th of April,find out more at     
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