Tuesday, 1 July 2008

The Mandela Birthday Gig Debacle


We can't actually remember whether Amy Winehouse did her two Specials covers at the Mandela gig or Glastonbury, such a bumper-bonanza /vaguely hideous weekend of sofa-bound, passive rock n'roll consumption was it that just passed. Either way, they were atrocious Blues Brothers/Commitments style student union boogie death rinses of once great tunes, and we're now VERY over the Southgate basket case.

But the real lowpoint of the weekend was Queen headlining the Mandela gig, the same Queen that in 1984 broke the ANC - supported cultural boycott of Apartheid South Africa to play Sun City, who took the blood money and ignored the express wishes of those in the frontline stuggle . The bands' heroine, Thatcher, had declared Mandela a terrorist at the time, so we're not surprised they did the dirty back then , but why the stinking, hypocritical , Tory sons of bitches got invited to headline Mandela's birthday bash twenty three years later is anyone's guess. It's a bad world out there, truly.

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