The Clash’s Mick Jones and Topper Headon reunite after 25 years

Clash drummer joins Carbon/Silicon at London show

Fans of The Clash got a surprise as guitarist Mick Jones launched his new band Carbon/Silicon‘s residency in west London on Friday (January 11).

Playing the first Carbon Casino – which will see the band spend the next six Friday nights at Ladbroke Grove pub Inn On The GreenJones was reunited with Clash drummer Topper Headon, who joined him onstage for the first time in 25 years.

Carbon/Silicon – which also features Generation X‘s Tony James – played a set of songs from their new album ‘The Last Post’, including ‘Why Do Men Fight?’ and ‘What The Fuck?’, plus included a curious snatch of war poetry between songs.


However the high point came during was the encore, when Headon appeared to play The Clash classics ‘Train In Vain’ and ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’ with Jones and co.

The first night of Carbon/Silicon’s residency saw a number of Clash followers and punk luminaries turning up with the Sex PistolsGlen Matlock and The SlitsViv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt spotted in the crowd, while Big Audio Dynamite‘s Don Letts filmed the whole gig.

Carbon/Silicon will play the pub again every Friday until mid-February, with an array of different artists joining them on the bill each week. Tickets are not sold in advance, but can be bought from the bar for £10 on the day of each gig.

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