Kind hearts at the Coronet - The Good, the Bad and the Queen regroup for Greenpeace 40th anniversary spectacular

Posted: 4th October 2011

We, as humans, never learn do we? In 1971, the world was under constant threat from nuclear weapons. So much so that a group of protesters grouped together to try and stop the U.S. from advancing with its nuclear weapons testing - they failed (initially), but while the threat of nuclear has turned into terrorism, other man-made disasters continue some 40 years later. Rainforest destruction, animal habitats terminated and continued detrimental pollution are blights on man's CV - if aliens ever need employees to build on Neptune anytime soon, they won't be recruiting anyone from Earth. To be frank, we're idiots.

Enter Greenpeace, an organisation of people who thankfully aren't idiots - they're smarter monkeys who have campaigned as a non-governmental, pro-environmental organisation for the betterment of the planet. In 40 years, they have raised awareness of the rainforest plight in South America, fought against dodgy companies increasing the threat of global warming and exploitative governments draining resources in less-developed lands. They rock.

Talking of which, it must be time for a birthday party to celebrate 40 years of Greenpeace - and lo-and-behold, rock and punk super-group The Good, The Bad and The Queen are to reform to help out with the charity's celebrations.

On 10th November, South London's Coronet will welcome Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong as they perform together for the first time since 2008. The Good, The Bad and The Queen initially issued just the one album and a clutch of singles in two short years, yet were hailed as a return to form for Albarn in particular. Now you can catch them again for just one special London show.

Tickets for the event go on sale from Friday morning 9am, priced at £23.50. At around the same time, Greenpeace's famous Rainbow Warrior boat will be moored along the Thames.

Paul Pledger