Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Clash lead guitarist Mick Jones is fired

The Clash lead guitarist Mick Jones was fired by the other three members who claimed he'd 'drifted apart' from the original idea of the group on September 1, 1983.

The Clash, Mick Jones

The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, dance, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones's departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

After Combat Rock, the Clash began to disintegrate.

Headon was asked to leave the band just prior to the release of the album, due to his heroin addiction, which was damaging his health and drumming. The band's original drummer, Terry Chimes, was brought back for the next few months. The loss of Headon, well liked by the others, exposed the growing frictions within the band. Jones and Strummer began to feud. The band opened for The Who on a leg of their final tour in the US, including a show at New York's Shea Stadium. Though the Clash continued to tour, the personal tensions were increasing. In early 1983, Chimes left the band after the end of the Combat Rock Tour, due to the in-fighting and turmoil. He was replaced by Pete Howard for the US Festival in San Bernardino, California, which the Clash co-headlined, along with David Bowie and Van Halen. The band argued with the event's promoters over inflated ticket prices, threatening to pull out unless a large donation was made to a local charity. The group ultimately performed on 28 May, the festival's New Music Day, which drew a crowd of 140,000. After the show, members of the band brawled with security staff.[58] This was Jones's last appearance with the group. In September 1983, he was fired. Shortly thereafter, he became a founding member of General Public, but left that band as they were recording their first album. Jones then founded the long-lasting project Big Audio Dynamite.

Nick Sheppard, formerly of the Bristol-based band The Cortinas, and Vince White were recruited as the Clash's new guitarists. Howard continued as the drummer. The reconstituted band played its first shows in January 1984 with a batch of new material and launched into the self-financed Out of Control Tour, travelling widely over the winter and into early summer. At a striking miners' benefit show ("Scargill's Christmas Party") in December 1984, they announced that a new album would be released early in the new year.

Retro History for September 1 The 50s 60s 70s 80s

Retro History For The Decade 1980

1989 "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater New York City after 804 performances
1989 Princess Anne and Mark Phillips announce their separation
1988 Timberlake Westenbaker's "Our Country's Good," premieres in London
1987 15 yr old Michael Chang is youngest man to win U.S. Tennis Open match
1987 Smoking forbidden in public buildings in Belgium
1986 Betsy King wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
1986 Jerry Lewis' 21st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $34,096,733
1986 Paul McCartney releases "Press to Play" album
1986 Texas Rangers O McDowell and Porter are 7th to hit consecutive pinch home runs
1985 Cyclist Joop Zoetemelk becomes world champion
1985 U.S. - French expedition locates wreckage of Titanic off Newfoundland
1983 Korean Boeing 747 strays into Siberia and is shot down by a Soviet jet
1983 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 WGH-AM in Newport News Virginia changes call letters to WNSY
1983 Mick Jones, lead guitarist with The Clash was fired by the other three members who claimed he'd 'drifted apart' from the original idea of the group.
1982 Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls," premieres in London
1982 Max speedometer reading mandated at 85 MPH
1982 Mexico President Lopez Portillo nationalizes banks
1982 Palestinian Liberation Organization leaves Lebanon
1981 Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
1981 Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
1981 RKO radio network is 1st to offer 2 separate overnight services
1981 RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
1980 Dutch embassy in Israel moves from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv
1980 Jerry Lewis' 15th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,103,787
1980 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

Retro History For The Decade 1970

1979 Debbie Boone and Gabriel Ferrer wed in Los Angeles
1979 L.A. Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask
1979 Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings
1978 Last broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC TV
1978 Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
1978 #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid and #8064
1977 1st TRS-80 Model I computer sold
1977 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1976 NASA launches space vehicle S-197
1976 New Jersey Meadowlands racetrack opens
1976 Wayne Hays, Representative-D-Ohio 1949 - 1976, resigns after scandal with Elizabeth Ray
1975 All political parties forbidden in Bangladesh
1975 Gunsmoke resigns the air
1975 Jerry Lewis' 10th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
1975 KOL-AM in Seattle Washington changes call letters to KMPS
1975 New York Met Tom Seaver is 1st to strike out 200 in 8 consecutive seasons
1975 New York City transit fare rises from 35 cents to 50 cents
1974 Jane Blalock/Sue Roberts wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
1974 Train accident at Zagreb Yugoslavia, 121 killed
1973 74-year-old Hafnia Hotel burns, killing 35 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
1973 George Foreman KOs Jose "King" Roman in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1972 Bobby Fischer (U.S.) defeats Boris Spassky (U.S.S.R.) for world chess title
1972 Egypt and Libya form federation
1971 John Newcombe is 1st top-seed man to lose in 1st round of U.S. Open
1971 Qatar declares independence from Britain
1971 Rolling Stones sue manager Allen Klein
1970 Failed assassination attempt on Jordanian king Hussain
1970 Jose Velasco Ibarra re-elected president of Ecuador

Retro History For The Decade 1960

1969 Jerry Lewis' 4th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
1969 Libyan revolution, Col Moammar Gadhafi deposes King Idris
1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Willow Park Ladies Golf Invitational
1968 Earthquake destroys Ferdows Persia, 2,000 killed
1967 KMNE TV channel 7 in Bassett, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 San Francisco Giants beat Cincinnati Reds, 1-0, in 21 innings
1967 WIRT TV channel 13 in Hibbing, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1967 WJRJ (WTCG, WTBS) TV channel 17 in Atlanta, Georgia (IND) begins
1966 KIFW (now KTNL) TV channel 13 in Sitka, AK (CBS) begins broadcasting
1965 India and Pakistan border fights
1964 Masanori Murakami is 1st Japanese player in majors (New York Mets)
1963 Language laws in Belgium goes into effect causing a riot
1963 St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Curt Simmons steals home plate
1963 WCTI TV channel 12 in New Bern, North Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
1962 12,000 die in an earthquake in western Iran
1962 KATC TV channel 3 in Lafayette, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1962 U.N. announces Earth population has hit 3 billion
1962 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1961 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
1961 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1960 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
1960 Robert Bolt's "Man For All Seasons," premieres in London

Retro History For The Decade 1950

1958 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open
1958 St. Louis Card Vinegar Bend Mizell walks a record 9 men in a shutout
1957 Excursion train crashed into a ravine killing 175, injuring 400
1957 WAVY TV channel 10 in Portsmouth-Norfolk, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 WHC (now WPXI) TV channel 11 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (NBC) 1st broadcast
1957 WTLV TV channel 12 in Jacksonville, Florida (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 Indian state of Tripura becomes a territory
1956 KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, Texas (PBS) begins broadcasting
1955 2 Egyptian fighters shot down over Israel
1955 KARD (now KSNW) TV channel 3 in Wichita, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island/New England, kills 68
1954 Ted Kluszewski is 1st Cincinnati Red to hit 40 home runs en route to 49
1953 101 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Sept
1953 Fokker begins building F-27 Fokker Friendship
1953 WNOK (now WLTX) TV channel 19 in Columbia, South Carolina (CBS) 1st broadcast
1953 WTCN (now KARE) TV channel 11 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MET) begins
1952 Sutro Baths, San Francisco purchased by George Whitney
1952 Willem Drees forms new Dutch government
1951 Prime Minister Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad
1951 U.S., Australia and New Zealand sign ANZUS treaty
1950 13 North Korean divisions open assault on United Nations lines
1950 West Berlin granted a constitution

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