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Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde also joins ramshackle supergroup for Clash covers during performance at Simonon’s 60th birthday party

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Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher covered Gorillaz, the Clash at Paul Simonon's 60th birthday party

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Former Clash bassist Paul Simonon celebrated his 60th birthday by forming an all-star, one-night-only supergroup with Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher and the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde on Sunday night. The band played a variety of classic Clash tracks (“The Guns of Brixton,” “Brand New Cadillac”) and selections from Albarn’s vast catalog, including Gorillaz and Simonon-assisted the Good, the Bad & the Queen, Stereogum reports. 

Several audience-shot videos find the group covering Gorillaz’ club-friendly single “D.A.R.E.”, with Albarn and Gallagher trading off vocals on the chorus. Another brief clip teases the intro riff to “Brand New Cadillac” and includes a snippet of Hynde strutting onstage. 


“Brand New Cadillac”:


#supergroup for #happybirthday to #PaulSimonon

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One attendee uploaded the setlist, pictured below. 

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen’s self-titled 2007 LP featured Simonon and Albarn collaborating with the Verve guitarist Simon Tong, Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen and producer Danger Mouse. Simonon also made a guest appearance on Gorillaz’ third LP, 2010’s Plastic Beach

In a 2014 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Albarn said he’s already written another Good, the Bad & the Queen album and is trying to find time to record it. 


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