The Picket in Liverpool has moved location but the ideal remains the same and this was very much in effect on Friday night when the Justice Tonight concert was held.
Justice Tonight is a concert in aid of the Hillsborough justice campaign. Its not looking to find answers to the questions more to make people aware of what’s happened and the amazing work the Justice Campaign have been carrying out. The atmosphere was even more intensified with recent news that the long awaited release of the report into Hillsborough is to be released in September.
The gig itself is made up of the Farm, Mick Jones from the Clash and Pete Wylie with support from The Ladykillers and the Troubadours.
The Farm run through some classics and are really looking like they are enjoying the whole show. Peter Hooton is excellent and the enthusiasm is infectious.
Next up is Pete Wylie, larger than life and a bit like marmite. He runs through his songs with professional certainty and aplomb with an eye for the theatrical.
Then Mick Jones takes the lead and the room explodes with excitement. The set covers some classic Clash songs including White Man In Hammersmith Palais and a trolley memorable rendition of Rock the Kasbah.
The performance of the night though had to be Peter Hooton’s, he has got the songs down just right and comes across on stage as a real presence especially during “Bank Robber” where he must have been the only person in the room to know the lyrics. During “Rock The Kasbah” this was even more evident as both Wylie and Jones need lyric sheets taped to their mike stands where as Hooton knew every word by heart.