Future still unwritten for Punk legends

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By Dominique Vidalon

LONDON (Reuters) - Punk legends Mick Jones and Tony James are not looking back at their glorious past with nostalgia, but enthusiastically embarking on a new rock 'n roll adventure with their latest band Carbon/Silicon.

Jones, 53, founding member and guitarist of seminal punk act The Clash, and James, 50, co-founder of the Billy Idol-fronted Generation X, have been friends for over 30 years.

In 2002, the pair got together and started making music in a home studio, giving it away on the Internet as free downloads.

This built a following and as their popularity grew, their new band Carbon/Silicon -- a reference to human intelligence enhanced by computers -- became a full fledged band.

Drummer Dominic Greensmith and bassist Leo "Easykill" Williams feature alongside Jones and James, who play guitar. Last year's "The Last Post" was their first commercially available album and they are recording a follow-up: "The Carbon Bubble."

Jones and James spoke to Reuters about their plans and what it's like to be rocking at 50 plus.

Q: Did you think a lot about whether you should start a band at your age?

A (James): If we thought of the realities of forming a band of 50 year-old guys, people would have said: 'hey guys don't do this' because it's going to be horrible, this could hurt you and do we want to face pain and hurt and rejection at our age ? Luckily, Dylan and the Stones and all those people keep moving the goal posts and we are 10 years behind.   Continued...

<p>Mick Jones, former guitarist and vocalist of punk rock band The Clash, performs with his new band Carbon/Silicon at the 2008 NME Awards USA at El Rey theatre in Los Angeles April 23, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>