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Jukebox Jones

Jukebox Jones

Who: Mick Jones
Where: Prince Of Wales
When: Saturday July 31, 1999

SOLO singer guitarist MICK JONES is a human jukebox, but he comes with a twist. Playing tonight at the Prince of Wales and Saturday night at the Crazy Cow Cafe, Jones knows he will always need to be able to play the kind of classics that audiences will request.

But he drops in songs you wouldn't expect to hear.

As well as COLD CHISEL, CREEDANCE, BOB DYLAN and THE BEATLES, Jones keeps abreast of popular contemporary that audiences might not expect to hear played by a soloist.

'I try to do more stuff which is your 18- to 25-year-old market,' he said.

'Things like RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS, POWDERFINGER and EAGLE EYE CHERRY. 'You've got to drop the occasional surprise in for the audience, but also to keep yourself interested.

'That way they go away remembering you as that guy who played something a little bit different.

'I can play everything from CAT STEVENS to THE PRODIGY but you have to pick your venues,' he said.

At some venues, such as The Brewery, he plays all acoustic.

On other nights he begins his set with an acoustic guitar and a stomp box, building the set as the night progresses.

In the middle he adds a bass and drum track, progressing to an electric guitar with backing by the end of the night.

Depending on the venue, and the audience on the night, Jones has enough classics to keep punters at the venue for a sing-along when they might have been planning to leave.

'I have to say yes,' he said. 'But I don't always want to.'

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