Mesa Boogie Artist Relations had the chance to catch Big Audio Dynamite at Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. Big Audio Dynamite recently reunited their original lineup and headlined the music festival. Guitar legend Mick Jones returned to his Mesa Boogie roots and has been playing a Lone Star 2x12 combo while on tour. Mick was known for using the Mark Series combos during his days with The Clash and still uses Boogie for his tone today. Mick began pushing the boundaries of rock with The Clash in 1976. The British pop/punk band was noted as “The Only Band That Matters”, with politically infused lyrics and a devoted following. Mick went on to form Big Audio Dynamite, incorporating many of the same styles, with the addition of elements like hip-hop, reggae, funk, and dance music. Mick’s work with The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite has influenced the music industry greatly. He played a definitive role in punk rock and continues inspiring the music industry today. We had the chance to catch up with Mick at the festival and talk about his current rig. Mick mentioned that he’s been using Boogie combos for over thirty years, to which he added, the reason he played Boogie with The Clash and still does today is because they are “simply the best”.more
During an aborted quest to find a channel switching amp I could wrap my ears around I experimented with some mesas. The best was an electradyne head, but I didn't hate the lonestar. The gain channel, despite its numerous voicing options, suffers from the classic post-90s Mesa mush-tone syndrome. Look Mesa, a Bright switch should help an amp cut the mix, not just add harsh to your drive tone while it still gets lost in a wash of drums and vocals. Anyway, the clean channel on this amp was really sparkly and nice for a channel switcher. Not brittle, mushy, slightly dirty or stiff. If I liked the lonestar's gain voice this amp would be great. I recommend the lonestar to people who only use the gain channel for soloing and have a discriminating ear for good clean tone.
I retired this from session work an old Boogie combo it sounds like a dream it has old valves in it and some 10 year-old Celastions and nothing sounds better than old valves and speakers. I might sell my JCM800 and 1960A 4x12 as its no longer being used.