The Clash stars Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have reteamed to record a new track with Frank Ocean. The punk icons, who also joined forces as part of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, have recorded Hero with Ocean and in-demand DJ/producer Diplo.
The song is part of Converse's Three Artists, One Song series, which has previously brought together collaborations between Gorillaz, and Andre 3000 and The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams and Santigold.
Hero will be available to download from 10 March (14) on Converse's Tumblr page.
Talking about his all-star collaboration, Diplo says, "The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick. Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me. They meant death to genres, music and message above everything.
"Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect and Converse valued everyone's artistic freedom to let us shine throughout the past few months to make this thing happen."
British rock icon David Bowie showed off his best Elvis Presley impersonation to deliver a special Christmas message to fans over the festive holiday. The reclusive star recorded a quirky 41-second clip for a BBC Radio 6 Music show hosted by the surviving members of The Clash, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, and the greeting aired in the U.K. on Thursday (26Dec13).
In the audio message, Bowie puts on Presley's Southern drawl and says, "Hello everybody, this is David Bowie making a telephone call from the U.S. of A. At this time of the year I can't help but remember my British-ness and all the jolly British folk, so here's to you and have yourselves a Merry little Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you very much."
"It's a better story at the end of the day that we didn't get back together. We saved all that time and effort by not reforming. It seems like we would have squandered what we'd achieved by reforming. Why do people get together? Why do bands reform? Oh, they're good mates. Well, that's nice. It's usually because of a financial situation that has to be adhered to. Basically, everyone's broke." Paul Simonon is glad The Clash never reformed.
Rock legend Iggy Pop is giving music fans a special gift this festive season by hosting two shows on U.K. radio. The punk icon will take to the airwaves as part of a special Christmas line-up on Britain's BBC 6 Music, and he has chosen his favourite tracks to play for listeners.
He says, "To come up with the tunes that fit the concept of each show, I've had to dig back to things that I haven't heard in a long, long time.
"I thought I better check these old numbers to see if they still made the grade for me. They still do."
His first show, entitled Rockin' Rebels, will be broadcast on Christmas Day (25Dec13), while the follow-up, Heartbreak and Heartaches, will air on New Year's Day (01Jan14).
Metallica rocker Lars Ulrich and The Clash stars Mick Jones and Paul Simonon will also host shows around Christmas.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn and actor Jude Law took to the streets of London on Saturday (05Oct13) to protest against the detention of 30 Greenpeace activists. Actors Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and The Clash rocker Paul Simonon also joined the hundreds of people demonstrating in support of those arrested last month (18Sep13) for rallying against an Arctic oil-drilling rig owned by Russian company Gazprom.
The campaigners have been charged with piracy and are being held in Russian custody facing up to 15 years behind bars.
The star-studded crowd held signs declaring "Free the Climate Defenders" and "Free The Arctic 30" as they gathered outside Russia's London embassy.
Law, who personally knows detainee Frank Hewetson, told reporters he was "exercising my right to peacefully protest".
He explained, "I am just adding my face and body to the mass of support. The fact that there is a threat of conviction did not put them off. What is ludicrous is that they have been charged with piracy which has a threat of 15 years in prison.
"Of course I am worried about Frank because I care about his family and I care about him but I know that he is incredibly durable. I think that it is very interesting that the people over there probably knew there would be an arrest involved and the threat of a conviction is probably part and parcel of the act of drawing attention to the drilling in the Arctic, which we all know is an international problem which needs confronting."
Similar events were held in more than 40 other countries.
Blur star Damon Albarn is set to make his debut as a radio DJ on Saturday (05Oct13) when he steps in for BBC Radio 2 presenter Dermot O'Leary for the day. The rocker will welcome a number of special guests during the show, including The Wire star Idris Elba and The Clash's Paul Simonon, who was also a member of the singer's Gorillaz collective.
Former The Clash rocker Paul Simonon has turned fashion designer to create a collection for the clothing company inspired by legendary tattooist Sailor Jerry. The guitarist has joined the team at Sailor Jerry Clothing to work on a limited edition range of items for its The Flash Collection, a collaboration between the retailer and famous artists.
Simonon's designs will appear on leather jackets, T-shirts and neckerchiefs.
The musician says, "This is my first design collaboration and what's been really interesting is interpreting Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins' art and making my own version, adapting the jacket and customising it."
Global brand director Enda O'Sullivan adds, "Paul has produced some amazing designs for The Flash Collection by Paul Simonon. We wanted to raise the bar for Sailor Jerry Clothing and partnering with Paul has certainly done that. He's a true icon and a talented artist."
Tattooist Norman Collins was dubbed Sailor Jerry after becoming renowned for his body art designs during his time in the U.S. Navy.
Former The Clash star Mick Jones still has regrets about walking away from the band, but insists he and his bandmates had to split in the mid-1980s to save their friendships. The guitarist reveals the core four-piece of himself, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon came close to getting back together on a couple of occasions - but it was never the right time.
Jones, who recently toured with Simonon as part of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We were just all fed up with each other. The bigger it got, the more difficult it became. We battled through constant issues.
"When you're together all the time you're going to get fed up with people, especially without breaks. And then we started to get into whatever we were into individually, and that became an issue. I don't think the music was ever affected, or the stage show. It was all going on behind the scenes. We could have dealt with it better, in hindsight."
Jones appeared onstage with Strummer just before the singer died in December, 2002, and admits that at the time there was talk of a get together at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
He adds, "There were a few moments at the time... I was up for it (Hall of Fame reunion in 2003), Joe was up for it. Paul wasn't. And neither, probably, was Topper, who didn't wind up even coming in the end... It didn't look like a performance was going to happen anyway. I mean, you usually play at that ceremony when you get in. Joe had passed by that point, so we didn't.
"We were never in agreement. That's why we never got back together in the first place. It was never at a point where all of us wanted to do it at the same time. Most importantly for us, we became friends again after the group broke up, and continued that way for the rest of the time. That was more important to us than the band."
The three surviving members of The Clash are set to reunite for a one-off radio event in Britain. Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon have agreed to sit down for a BBC Radio 6 Music show next month (Sep13).
The trio will be interviewed by singer-turned-TV and radio personality Cerys Matthews in front of an audience of fans.
The exclusive chat will be taped on 6 September (13) for broadcast later in the the month.
Matthews announced The Clash get together during a segment on her BBC Radio 6 Music show on Sunday morning (18Aug13).
In a press release, she adds, "Their music gave a generation a voice not just in music but in the choice of how they lived their everyday lives and it still sounds as great, as fresh and loaded with good intent as music can ever be."
Fans' dreams of a full The Clash reunion were dashed in 2002 when frontman Joe Strummer died. Simonon and Jones have teamed up since as members of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz collective.
The actor made a triumphant return to the big screen last year (08), with a starring role in The Wrestler, after more than a decade struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism.
Rourke also battled through a messy divorce with actress Carre Otis in 1998, following a turbulent relationship.
But the star is thankful he was surrounded by supportive friends, who helped him through the bad times.
He says, "A lot of those who let you down are those who seemed the closest to you. They're the ones running out of your house with the silver when it all goes wrong, and when they jump ship that hurts. There are some people who stuck with me: Sly Stallone has always been a good friend to me. Stevie Jones - he's a good man. Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer - God rest his soul - from The Clash: they were my guys. And we had a great time."
And Rourke has found a new pal in British actor Jason Statham, after filming scenes together for their new movie The Expendables.
He adds, "I just did a few days with Jason Statham on Sly's new film and he's become a good friend."