Back in July 1978 John Hessenthaler, against all local authority opposition, promoted The Clash at Bury St Edmunds Corn Exchange.
Support came from The Coventry Automatics, who later became known as The Specials.
Although the expected insurrection was limited to a couple of minor skirmishes, the gig became so notorious that the council banned live music from public venues for nearly 20 years.
John Hessenthaler explains: “The punk thing was a bit of a no-go area, because on the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy tour, which The Clash supported, many of the advertised gigs had been cancelled due to of local council policy. This local council tried to stop it, but because I had a contract with them I insisted it went ahead. There were rumours that there was going to be trouble, but that didn’t happen.
“There was also a rumour that Bob Dylan was going to come to the gig, because he was a label-mate and in the country for the Blackbushe Aerodrome festival, but that didn’t happen either.”
Now, 40 years on, John Hessenthaler will re-create the 1978 concert at The Apex on July 5, with London Calling playing The Clash’s set list from 1978.
London Calling was formed in 2004 as a one-off gig for charity and to celebrate the life of Joe Strummer, since then they have toured the USA and Europe, been in the Julien Temple directed Joe Strummer film,’ The Future is Unwritten’, enjoyed rave reviews and enjoyed two sold out shows at the legendary 100 Club in London.
Support comes from The Specials Ltd, who will perform classic songs from the two-tone favourites.
The Clash Revisited (Bury ’78) is at The Apex on Thursday, July 5, at 7.30pm.