Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros' masterful Live At Acton Town Hall, London finally gets the deluxe reissue treatment it so deserves! Mick Jones joined Strummer on stage for the first time in 20 years.
For the very first time, Live At Acton Town Hall receives a proper wide release complete with a thoughtfully curated package. Previously, this gem was tucked away as a 2012 Record Store Day exclusive slab of vinyl, clad only in a DIY-inspired clear sleeve. This iconic performance, remastered by the Grammy Award-winning Paul Hicks (known for his work with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and George Harrison), reverberates anew on 2LP clear vinyl and CD formats. You’ll also find a visual feast of never-before-seen photographs from the concert in the package, offering a glimpse into the spirited performance of that night. Adding layers of context and emotion, new liner notes from the esteemed former Fire Brigade Union Secretary Andy Gilchrist, the man who introduced the band and championed the strikes Joe Strummer stood for, provide invaluable insights into the importance of the event.
The night was November 15, 2002. It was a concert steeped in purpose, it stood as a rallying cry in support of the firefighters whose strikes had ignited a nation's attention. Little did the world know, this important event would also be one of Joe Strummer's final shows, as he shed this mortal coil a mere month later. The Acton Town Hall stage also witnessed something truly historic that night, a reunion between Strummer and his former Clash compatriot, Mick Jones, who shared the stage for the first time in nearly 20 years, creating a moment that would resonate for eternity with every fan in attendance. Live At Acton Town Hall stands as a testament to passion, camaraderie, and the enduring power of music to bridge the gaps that time and distance carve.