The renegade reggae mavericks hit the 100 ClubSometimes you have to go through the mill to realise why you were put on this Earth. So it is with the Dub Pistols, the reggae-breaks-jungle mashup, the gangster-swaggering festival stalwarts whose rollercoaster story reads like a rock 'n' roll cautionary tale on a grand scale.
When big beat ruled the clubs, the Pistols were snapped up for $1.5m by legendary Interscope magnate Jimmy Iovine, and anointed Geffen Records' priority act for America. But Geffen put the Dub Pistols' album out the week of 9/11. The Dub Pistols ended up broke and label-less instead of US superstars.
Over an 18-year career, the Dub Pistols have worked with heroes like The Specials, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs. They've burned through different members and hundreds of thousands of pounds on assorted capers and hedonistic pursuits.
After all they've been through, the Dub Pistols still stand strong. With dapper frontman and prime mover Barry Ashworth at the helm (a ducking, diving South London graduate of the Summer Of Love generation, who started a band because he loved Happy Mondays) the band continue to tour and have never looked back. Catch them now at the 100 Club.
Over 14s only. Under 17s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.