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Paul Fox Benefit Concert – The Ruts

November 28, 2007

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What It Was About:

If you don’t know about The Ruts, you should.  A pivotal UK punk band, Henry frequently refers to their album The Crack as the “best album ever made” and the band make frequent appearances on his radio show Harmony In My Head

Guitarist Paul Fox of the legendary punk band The Ruts was diagnosed with cancer, and members of the music community rallied to London to perform a one-night only benefit concert to raise funds to help with Paul’s medical bills. 

The show, held on July 16, 2007 featured the remaining members of the band (lead singer Malcolm Owen died in 1980) regrouped with Henry Rollins taking over the lead.  Additional performances by Tom Robinson, The Damned, Misty in Roots, UK Subs, Splodge, John Otway and the Peafish House Band which featured Lee Harris, (The Blockheads), Tony Barber of The Buzzcocks and Rowland Rivron , who backed Edward Tudor-Pole and TV Smith (Wikipedia.com).

Read More:

Henry posted the following news article on October 23:

October 21st, 2007
PAUL FOX OF THE RUTS DIES AGED 56

Legendary guitarist, Paul Fox, died at home in Uxbridge at 3AM this morning.Over the years Paul has performed and recorded with many of the worlds greatest musicians but he will mainly be remembered for his revolutionary punk/dub reggae fusion guitar playing with influential punk band The Ruts.Paul had been in semi retirement for several years but went back out on the road again in 2006 playing the Ruts music with Foxys Ruts which featured his son Lawrence Fox on drums. The band were well received, both in the UK and Europe.Following his diagnosis with cancer at the end of May 2007 a benefit gig was organised featuring many of the musicians that Paul had worked with or alongside over the years. There was no doubt about the high esteem in which Paul was held by his fellow musicians as the line up read like a who’s who of the UK punk scene with performances by The Damned, Misty in Roots, the UK Subs, Tom Robinson, John Otway, Splodge, TV Smith and many more. For the first time in 27 years the surviving members of the Ruts took to the stage together with Henry Rollins standing in for the late Malcolm Owen who died of a drug overdose in 1980.The night was a fitting tribute to one of our much under rated and unsung guitar heros.Paul leaves behind his sons Lawrence and William and his wife, Sharon.
He will be dearly missed.

Current Status:

Paul Fox died on October 21, 2007

To Find Out More:

Read one of Henry’s dispatches about rehearsing with Paul
Check out Paul Fox’s posthumous Myspace Page
And don’t forget The Ruts’ Myspace Page

A Limited edition DVD recording of the event will be available shortly.  Pre-Book Yours Today!

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Axis of Justice

November 28, 2007

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What It’s About:

(From the website Mission Statement): Axis of Justice is non-profit organization formed by Tom Morello of Audioslave and Serj Tankian of System of a Down. Its purpose is to bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.

We aim to build a bridge between fans of music around the world and local political organizations to effectively organize around issues of peace, human rights, and economic justice.

How Henry Helps:

Henry interviewed Tom Morello and Serj Tankian on his IFC program The Henry Rollins Show (EPISODE 314 : FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2007).

Current Status:

On-going organization.  Check out the official website for events and ways to contribute.

To Find Out More:

Visit the Axis of Justice Official Site