In her programme today (Sunday 18 August, 10am-12noon), Cerys Matthews announced that she will be hosting an audience with British icons, The Clash.
This will be an incredible show, bringing the band together in this unique way for the first time in many years and giving fans exclusive rare access to Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon.
Recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in front of an intimate audience of fans, Cerys will be talking to the band, famous for hits such as 'Rock The Casbah', 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' and 'London Calling', and asking them about their musical influences and their influential career, as well as their lives now. The band will also answer questions from the audience. The show will be pre-recorded on Friday 6 September to be broadcast soon after on BBC Radio 6 Music (date to be announced shortly).
Cerys Matthews says: “I am thrilled to be talking with Mick, Paul and Topper at length on 6 Music and will be asking them about their early years, their inspirations and where life has taken them since. Out of the smouldering wreckage of the late Seventies The Clash broke onto the scene with a searing honesty that cut a clear message through the smoke. Their music questioned and defined the world around them and with a folk troubadour mentality and a boom box aloft they created a potent soundtrack for the times.”
She continues: “Their music gave a generation a voice, not just in music but in the choice of how they lived their everyday lives and it still sounds as great, as fresh and loaded with good intent as music can ever be.”
Formed in 1976 in the vanguard of British punk, The Clash would soon become one of the most iconic rock bands of their era, a symbol of intelligent protest and stylish rebellion in the turbulent years of the late Seventies and early Eighties. Just as importantly, they were to become unflinching musical pioneers, integrating first militant reggae, then dub, funk, jazz and hip-hop into their music, which has helped to make them one of the most respected and sampled bands by modern DJs and dance musicians. Cracking the Top 10 in America in 1982 - before splitting three years later - they were to leave behind an extraordinary recorded legacy.
The public can apply for tickets to this event from now until midday on Sunday 25 August via bbc.co.uk/6music.