Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.), the original classic line-up anchored by founding members Mick Jones (of the Clash) and DJ/filmmaker Don Letts, will perform live in the states more than two decades after the group’s groundbreaking synthesis of rap and rock and hip-hop/club culture radicalized the world’s dancefloors beginning in the mid-1980s.
With B.A.D.’s prescient blend of street beats, dub bass, rock guitar and samples finding currency in revolutionary dance/pop party circles of today, the original Big Audio Dynamite is returning to perform in America for the first time in more than 20 years. The band will be playing a select handful of must-see gigs including a highly-anticipated show at the sold-out Coachella Festival in Indio, California, on April 16.
The newly-reformed original B.A.D. will book-end its Coachella performance with a pair of US club gigs including an SRO show at the fabled Roxy Theater on LA’s Sunset Strip on April 14 and a gig at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on April 19. Sex Pistols guitarist/LA radio personality Steve Jones will be MC at the B.A.D. Roxy performance, which sold out by word-of-mouth within hours.
“After being on the road with Gorillaz for a year,” said Jones, “I thought I’d try and ape their success.”
Resurging interest in the post-punk UK band began steamrolling last year with the release of the two-disc Legacy Edition of “This Is Big Audio Dynamite,” the group’s extremely influential debut album from 1985. Providing music fans an opportunity to reappraise B.A.D.’s musical and cultural contributions, the Legacy reissue included a newly-remastered version of the original 8-song album, plus a second CD of 12 bonus tracks comprising rare U.S. and UK 12-inch remixes, edits, dub versions, outtakes, and B-sides – five of them previously unreleased on CD.
“Our sound was a blend of New York beats, Jamaican bass lines, English rock’n’roll guitar and me taking care of the sampled dialogue and movie stuff,” wrote Don Letts in his liner notes to the Legacy Edition of This Is Big Audio Dynamite. “The B.A.D. philosophy was to utilise all the elements of the media to create a fuller sound and write songs that were about something. With a foot in the future and a foot in the past we were dealing with the right now.”
That “right now” extends into the present and future with plans in the works for a new Big Audio Dynamite album as well as newly-curated Legacy Editions of classic B.A.D. albums. B.A.D.’s catalog is on Columbia /Legacy , a divison of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Big Audio Dynamite – 2011 Tour Dates
Tues, March 29th – Liverpool – O2 Academy
Wed, March 30th – Glasgow – O2 ABC
Thurs, March 31st – Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sat, April 2nd – London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sun, April 3rd – London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Weds, April 6th – Nottingham – Rock City
Thurs, April 7th – Leeds – O2 Academy
Fri, April 8th – Manchester – Academy
Sat, April 9th – Bristol – O2 Academy
Thu, April 14th – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theater
Sat, April 16th – Coachella Festival
Tue, April 19th – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom