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Paul Simonon Wields His Axe At Hammersmith Palais Closing

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Former Clash bassist Paul Simonon decided that he deserved a piece of history at London’s Hammersmith Palais before it closed. So he grabbed an axe and took it.

Simonon was playing with the Damon Albarn-fronted supergroup The Good, The Bad & The Queen at the venue’s second to last concert, on March 31st, before it gets razed for property development, when he told the crowd, “Before I go I think I’ve done enough to deserve a piece of this stage.”

Simonon then pulled out a small axe and chopped out a small piece of the stage as a personal momento.

The venue’s final show, featuring The Fall on April 1st, also included some unplanned excitement.

Determining that the band’s front man, Mark E. Smith, was not properly honoring the historic final performance, an audience member jumped on stage and launched into a speech criticizing Smith’s apathy.

The fan then eluded security and disappeared back into the crowd.

During the band’s final song, “Reformation,” NME reports that Smith told the crowd, “Thank you for allowing us into your security area.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers