LOCAL hero Jon McClure has thrown his lofty frame into the line-up of the Justice Tonight gig that brings Clash legend Mick Jones to Sheffield a week on Saturday.
In aid of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, the six-date venture will be the first time Jones has toured performing Clash songs since 1982.
“I’m totally honoured to be part of something so meaningful and I hope that we can do some good.”
The bill also features Liverpool’s Pete Wylie and The Farm and follows the success of a special one-off show at Liverpool’s Olympia earlier this year. The tour has particular relevance to Sheffield, of course, it being the setting for the worst footballing tragedy in history.
“These shows are about getting justice for the families, survivors and supporters of the 96 people who died at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground on April 15, 1989,” say show organisers.
With the former Clash and Big Audio Dynamite legend adding his weight, the London show sold out within an hour of going on sale.
One time frontman of pop act The Mighty WAH! Scouser Pete Wylie’s powerful, emotional and political songs will complement hits such as All Together Now from fellow Merseysiders The Farm. Richard Hawley will DJ in Sheffield to add a steel city feel to the Leadmill show alongside the Reverend and The Makers leader.
“The Hillsborough Justice Campaign continues to fight for justice for the victims of the disaster and for the truth to be established,” say organisers.
“Everyone volunteers their time and skills for free. As well as challenging the official version of events, the group also helps survivors of the disaster, many of whom have suffered long term psychological damage.
“The HJC has operated in the face of great adversity for years.
“It is the view of the HJC that the Hillsborough Disaster and subsequent cover up is a miscarriage of justice.
“Human and civil rights were denied in the aftermath of the disaster. It is for this reason that the HJC is pleased to support the forthcoming concerts which aim to promote the broader issue of justice in a society where rights are increasingly being eroded.”
Tickets, priced £17.50, are on sale now.