Get Out Of Control Tour
Supported by Richard Hell & The Voidoids & The Lous

updated 24 June 2006
updated 28 Dec 2008 - added details on new source

cdr - some over amplification - full gig
Sound 2.5 - 42:32min - low gen audience? - 16 tracks

cdr - upgrade to lower gen - (misses last 6 tracks)
Sound 2.5 - 29:27mins - low gen - 10 tracks

Edinburgh Clouds and Coasters

Clouds was the upstairs part of Coasters (now called the Cavendish) where strummer played again with the clash busking in 1985 and with LRW in 1988 - Coasters itself is pretty small and both the upstairs rooms are tiny.

"Great website you have. Good attention to detail.
Given that, I thought I'd correct a small detail on that page about the Clash gig at Clouds. I was at the gig, and many others at Clouds at this time.
The mistake on your page relates to the venue - Clouds was not only the upstairs part of the building at that time. Clouds was the whole building, including the ground floor. The Clash did not play in either of the two upstairs rooms, which as you point out are pretty small. In fact, they played on the ground floor level, which is a bit bigger, though far from massive. 
A minor detail, I know, but as you've obviously spent so much time on the website, I thought you might want it as accurate as possible." Jim

a great performance and very enjoyable listen

Some recordings don’t have good sound quality but still capture the energy and excitement of The Clash live. This is definitely one of them a great performance and very enjoyable listen. The best of the Out of Control Tour UK Leg recordings until Sheffield turned up recently.

It’s a low generation audience recording with some degree of stereo separation. Although there is distortion from over amplification, distant vocals and a low bass level the guitars come through very well picking up some great punk guitar work from Mick (and Joe).

Drums are good too with the cymbals clear. Distortion levels are worst on the first 4 songs but improve at Jail Guitar Doors. Sound is best on the slower songs where the distortion is less intrusive.

It’s a terrific performance throughout and the audience response is loud and excited. It must have been a great venue, small and unseated. It’s still in use today and is a Northern Soul mecca. Joe’s responds to the décor in his intro to the gig “I’m just gazing at myself in the mirror”

It’s a great performance throughout building to a frenetic finish from I’m So Bored With The USA through to Garageland with each song running straight into the next. At similar breakneck speed The Clash blast through the one encore of What’s My Name and White Riot.

Two definite highlights:

Capital Radio is just brilliant and a good example of the increasing drama The Clash were now adding into songs. With a “Sssh!. Sssh!, Sssh , the music drops back to drum and bass only , and Joe intones “One night I was all alone, sitting by my telephone, got no friends to call, I listen to the radio, all night long” Joe then screams through a manic rant with the music building to its full blast ending. Joe dramatising the “wanna tell your problems, phone in from the bed sit room” theme.

Police and Thieves is awesome here, extended with great guitar work and ad libbing from Joe.


London's Burning
Complete Control
Jail Guitar Doors
Remote Control
Capital Radio
Hate and War
Police and Thieves
The Prisoner
Clash City Rockers
I'm So Bored With the USA
Career Opportunities
Janie Jones
What's My Name
White Riot

any info / reviews appreciated

ZigZag December 1977
Cover - Index - Editorial -
...Strummer attacked at the Marquee
Derby & Cardiff reviews Kris Needs 1 2
Tour review Robin Banks
The Lous 1 2

Oct 77 - Unknown Fanzine
... page 1 ... page 2 ... page 3

MM Front cover only
Heroes and Villains
Bowie in London, The Clash in Belfast

Who's In Love With Janie Jones?
Interview by Caroline Coon,
Sounds, October 1977
DURING THE hot summer of 1976, a No. 31 bus jolts through Notting Hill Gate. On the top deck is Mick Jones, humming a riff. He ...

Greatness from Garageland
Peter Silverton, Trouser Press, February 1978
UNANNOUNCED, TO SAY the least, a kid in boots, suspenders and short-cropped hair clambers through the photographers' pit and up onto the stage of London's Rainbow Theatre. Benignly ignored by band, stage crew and security alike...

Clash Landing
Search and Destroy Fanzine
Clash Interviewed by Annette Weatherman and Vermilion Sands
A lengthy interview with Joe, Mick & Paul in 1977. It was published in Search & Destroy mag out of San Francisco. It was the first word of the Clash in print in the U.S. Birmingham Rag Marktt & Sweden gigs referenced.

NME front cover only
The Clash - Lester Bangs falls in Love

Oct 20 Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
cancelled, see A Riot of Our Own p20
Oct 21 Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
support The Count Bishops. Small review of Dublin at the foot of the Belfast review: The Clash in Belfast, Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1977 ... Dublin poster
Oct 22 Eric’s, Liverpool
with the Toilets
Oct 24 Kinema, Dumfermline
Oct 25 Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 26 Clouds, Edinburgh, Scotland

Clouds was the upstairs part of Coasters (now called the Cavendish) where strummer played again with the clash busking in 1985 and with LRW in 1988 - Coasters itself is pretty small and both the upstairs rooms are tiny.

Oct 27 University, Leeds
Oct 28 Polytechnic, Newcastle
Oct 29 Apollo, Manchester
Oct 30 Victoria, Stoke
'77 was with Richard Hell & the Voidoids and the Lous, and was manic, pure 'punk', backstage after the gig Mick was all over the place taking photos, Joe was very ill, white, exhausted, but still gave time to us kids for photos. Mick Jones took my address to send me some prints but apparently they never came out ( no flash or some other such problem). They really were the friendliest band I met at the time and invited everybody back to their hotel after. I couldn't go (my mum was waiting in the car to take me home - no, really! I didn't tell them that though). I was 15 at the time. Changed my life (that old cliché). The concert was on a par with The Ramones two months later for excitement, energy. (redian2)
ticket reverse with autographs
another ticket

Oct 31 Leicester University
Nov 1 Top Rank, Sheffield
Nov 2 University, Bradford

Bradford University Student Union, Bradford, UK

Nov 3 Kings Hall, Derby
Nov 4 University, Cardiff, Wales
Follow Derby link for Kris Needs review of Derby and Cardiff.
Nov 5 Exhibition Centre, Bristol
This is listed as the 10th in most cases, but it was in fact the 5th which makes sense near Cardiff. Bath University gig was cancelled. Ticket ... Poster

The November 5 gig at the Bristol Exibition Centre, (now the Watershed arts centre) with The Void-oids, was a strange affair with the staff, selling left over sarnies, from an event that afternoon. I think the band could cope with spit & warm beer, but cheese bap missiles were unheard of during the time. I recall the French band, The Lou's - appearing first, then poor old Richard Hell, (who, I recall, hated the gobbing) didn't know that Marky Ramone, played drums on this tour.

Later on, chatted to Jonesy, who recanted the story of being chased by Ted's, when last in Bristol. These "Teds" turned out to be jealous punks, (Mick had stolen one of the disgruntled punks girlfriend)Anyway, I had a lot of fun travelling around the UK, meeting some great people.

Nov 6 Market Hall, Carlisle
Nov 7 Top Rank, Birmingham
Nov 8 Tiffany's Coventry
Original schedule listed Coverntry gig on the 8th as Locarno
Nov 9 Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
the clash gig at the bournemouth winter gardens november 9th 1977 , stole the headlines locally as it was the first time a punk band had played at the winter gardens and a full scale riot took place between two gangs in the audience that night . When jonathan ross interviewed joe strummer in july 2001, an e mail asking if joe he rememberd the gig was read it out to him, he did remember the gig and talked about it on air . Bournemouth council almost banned punk bands from playing the winter gardens after that night , but the buzzcocks and the undertones managed to play gigs there in 1979 .
Nov 10 Exhibition Centre, Bristol - moved to 5th
This date is listed on posters as 10th but over written in pen as Saturday 5th November.
Nov 11 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Nov 12 Pavilion, Hastings
Strange stormy night. Other piers had been blown down that night!
Nov 13 Top Rank, Southampton
Nov 15 Elizabethan Ballroom, Belle Vue, Manchester
often circulated as Elizabthan Suite, it is in fact a full gig which was filmed by and for Granada TV and included Souisie and the Banshees as support.

Snippets were screened twice on the So It Goes TV show (Dec 77 and Nov 78) (and repeated again in 1990) and circulate on video and audio.

Other than the So It Goes source, no other source exists. It is thought Granada don't know where it is either and that the Dec 78 footage may have come from Tony Wilsons own collection.?

Also see A Riot of Own p31.

Dec 11 Apollo, Glasgow
Dec 13 Rainbow, London
Supported by the Zones and Sham 69, suported by Rat Scabies 2 of the nights
Dec 14 Rainbow, London
supported by Sham 69??, suported by Rat Scabies 2 of the nights
Dec 15 Rainbow, London
support Lovers of Outrage, suported by Rat Scabies 2 of the nights
Dec 19 Belfast McMordie Hall, Queens University Students Union
first night cancelled due to transport problems (Dec 19th??)
Dec 20 Belfast McMordie Hall Queens University Students Union
the story goes that 2 shows were to be done on the one night to make up for the cancelled Ulster Hall fiasco back in October. Only one show went ahead. the venue was changed on campus. Support The Lous. (Dec 20th??)