Pearl Harbour Tour - Larry McIntyre Fund Benefit
Supported by Bo Diddley & Alex Bevan

updated 8 March 2007
updated 7 July 2008 - added 10 track soundboard
updated 25 December - possible video source?
updated Dec 2014 better audio review!!!

We have have been bombarded over teh years with various Agora recordings. All you need is source 9 which has he best 20 track FM and includes the best 4 KBFH recordings on the end.

Here's the list!

Source 1 - King Biscuit Flower Hour FM
Tracks 4 - 16mins - sound 3.0 - unknown source

Source 2 - King Biscuit Flower Hour FM
Tracks 4 - 16mins - sound 3.5 - unknown source

Source 3 - Police and Fireman LP (Scratched/Heavy)
Sound 3.5 - 49min - LP - 15 tracks [1-15]

Source 4 - Police and Fireman LP
Sound 4 - 49min - lp/master - 15 tracks [1-15]
Includes Janie Jones (trk 16) from lesser source

Source 5 - King Biscuit Flower Hour FM
Tracks 4 - 16mins - sound 3.5 - unknown source

Source 6 - Wolfgangs Official Sbd
Tracks 10 - 22mins - sound 4.0 - master
10 of the last 13 tracks - misses ECW, CC & WR
Much of a muchness like KBFH, slightly better than FM version

Source 7 - Wolfgangs Official Sbd
Tracks 10 - 22mins - sound 4.0 - master
10 of the last 13 tracks - misses ECW, CC & WR
Much of a muchness like KBFH, slightly better than FM version

Source 8 - Police and Fireman LP
Sound 4.0 - 49min - lp/master - 15 tracks [1-15]
Includes Janie Jones (trk 16) from lesser source

Source 9 - Cleveland Full + KBFH (best)
Sound 4.5 - 80min - low/master - 24 tracks
Includes the 4 KBFH tracks twice

Source 10 - Cleveland Full FM only
Sound 4.0 - 63min - low/master - 240tracks
Includes the 4 KBFH tracks twice

possible video?
See below...

Visit the Clash on Stage website for a comprehensive catalogue of unofficially released CD's and Vinyl.

Agora 1979 footage

I just got an email from a guy and this is what he said

"Would you know if any video footage is circulating of the clash at the Cleveland Agora from 1979? I remember that WUAB local news tv station filmed all or at least some of the set as part of a story on the guy that the bennefit concert was for.  I didnt have a VCR back then to record it and the tv station no longer exists that aired the report,all of their stock news umatic video footage was taken to the dump years ago.

So maybe someone has it but with it being a news report it would be a slim chance someone taped and kept it.

Pearl Harbour Tour

The Clash thrilled to be in the US for their first tour were in terrific form. Joe was suffering from chronic toothache for this benefit gig but jokes and berates the journalists. He would write a diary for the UK NME,

‘This guy called Larry McIntyre lost both his legs in Vietnam and when he went for a swim one day in the pool near his flat all the other residents banned him from the pool on the grounds that it was too disgusting…so we agree to play a show for him, helping his legal costs but we don’t get to meet him, I think because having forgot his name, I referred to him over the P.A. as “the guy with no legs”. Joe surely used him later though as the inspiration for the Car Jamming lyrics, “ blown off in a 60’s war..”.

Caroline Coon remembers this as a particularly intense show. Kids were fainting in the crush at the front. Most bands didn’t provoke that kind of intense response so the local security didn’t know what to do.

In an article that first appeared in the Melody Maker (24/2/79) and was reprinted in Uncut November 97 Allan Jones wrote of meeting up with The Clash in freezing cold Cleveland and witnessed this gig and the next one in Washington. Never a Clash fan Jones wrote the band were great but shambolic at times, trying to cope with an audience, going wild and gobbing. White Man was interrupted as bodies were dragged over the footlights and passed backstage. The crush at the front was now murderous and Mick’s face was white with anxiety.

classic clash gig

From Here To Eternity’ has great sound quality and professional performances but fails to capture the excitement, the mania, the atmosphere, the “controlled explosion on stage” that The Clash, like no other band before or since, could conjure.

There are 3 known variants of this gig circulating with varying lengths and sound quality, all seemingly from the same source.

Recorded professionally for local FM radio, the sound mix is particularly good in capturing the Clash sound, with Mick’s lead in one stereo channel and Joe’s rhythm in the other. Bass, drums are also all excellent, the only fault with the mix being the vocals which are not as “in your face” as they could be.

Police and Firemen LP

The gig was released as the Police (and Firemen) On My Back bootleg LP on Klashin Records in Canada in 81.

A lot of poor copies from circulate. Old tapes lifted from the vinyl

The LP has no edits between songs (see below) and therefore captures the atmosphere best, and includes all Joe’s between song comments and attempts to stop the crushing at the front.

It excludes though the 5 songs in the 2 encores [tracks 16-20]. Sound is excellent stereo but the LP suffers from surface noise from scratches. The LP was subsequently re-released with different artwork.

Edited FM versions

Edited (for radio?) FM versions also exist, the best one is a minute shorter than the popular one and has a number of digital clicks and poor edits between songs losing some of the atmosphere.

Its sound though is the best, (with the exception of I’m So Bored which lacks the same quality at the start as the rest) with great professional clarity and range. The twin guitar attack of The Clash is captured superbly.

The more popular FM rating version has poorer sound.

King Biscuit Flower Hour Broadcast

Four tracks were also broadcast in very good stereo FM quality on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio programme; Safe European Home, Stay Free, Police and Thieves & Julies been working for the Drug Squad. Oddly the mix on these tracks is different losing the 2 guitar split into the channels but has clearer vocals!

This recordings [in various forms] captures the sweaty, manic atmosphere of The Clash magnificently and therefore is an essential recording. A very, very popular gig amongst collectors...

All the song performances are superb with an extended Police & Thieves being the highlight (of a gig full of highlights), with Joe making fun of US consumerism, salads, tv channels and at one point shouting “I don’t want 56 pairs of trousers, 3 cadillacs!..”.

A blow by blow account of the edited 20 track versions

1. I’m So Bored With The USA (15 seconds of start of song edited from FL)
2. Drug Stabbing Time
3. Jail Guitar Doors
(30 seconds of intro cut on FL “Thank you to whoever sent information backstage, stuck in envelopes, and I mean paper”
4. Tommy Gun
5. City of the Dead
(100 seconds cut on intro on FL “I’m glad to see you’re so free with your money, for this guys got no legs, I assume you know what I’m talking about. And those of you at the back with the American/English dictionary, forget it man, they don’t give a fuck for the words.
This is a Japanese number, released by Hank Williams in 1965.. [which Strummer was to repeat at several other venues as well]”)
6. Hate and War
7. White Man in Hammersmith Palais
(40 seconds cut on intro on FL, Joe tries to stop the crushing)
8. Safe European Home
9. Stay Free
(40 seconds cut on intro on FL, Mick intro)
10. English Civil War (30 seconds intro cut on FL)
11. Guns On The Roof (30 seconds intro cut on FL)
12. Police and Thieves (45 seconds cut on FL . “We have to talk to a lot of journalists and they always ask, excuse me sir, but does your music have a message? If you say yeah, you let yourself in for, oh yeah well what is the message, so for all you trainee journalists in the audience this is the message…can we have the lights down please …Oooh! ,Oooh!, Oooh!, Oooh, Oooh, Oooh!)
13. Capital Radio
14. Janie Jones
15. Garageland
16. Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad
17. London’s Burning
18. White Riot
19. Complete Control
20. What’s My Name

Tracks 16 –20 are on the FL version only.


Im so bored with the USA
Drug Stabbing Time
Jail Guitar Doors
Tommy Gun
City of the Dead
Hate and War
White Man
Safe European Home *
Stay Free *
English Civil War
Guns on The Roof
Police and Thieves *
Capital Radio
Janie Jones
Julies Been Working/ds *
Londons Burning
White Riot
Complete Control
Whats My Name

A Riot of Our Own pg143

Cleveland Scene
gig preview

Cleveland Scene
gig review

Cleveland Plain Dealer Jan 25 1980
Mentions this gig and reviews London Calling

Cleveland Plain Dealer 8 Feb 1979
gig review

Chris Knowles
The Essential Clash Bootleg Bible
includes this gig

Best Magazine [French]
...page1 ...page2 ...page3 ...page4 ...page5 ...page6
Rough English Translation

Refused Visas

Q Magazine UK May 2001
Comments from the band and others on the Pearl Harbour Tour february 1979

Melody Maker
Tour Review

A3 Billboard Ad for the Tour

Melody Maker front page only
The Riot Squad
Allan Jones follows the Clash across America

Gary Bushells Tour Notes

Dolly Parton Impersonators

Sylvia Simmonds Tour Notes

Village Voice
Tour Notes

Strummer's Pearl Harbour Diary

Trouser Press
End of Tour Interview

Los Angeles Times January 20, 1979
Clash Crests on New Punk Wave

Time Magazine
5 March 1979

Jenny Lens (clash photographer)
Photos and Exhibition

Any further info / reviews appreciated

A3 ad (from poster) placed on page 105 of Billboard 3 March 1979

Jan 31 Commodore Ballroom, Vancover, Canada
Feb 7 Berkely Community Centre California
Feb 8 Geary Temple (Fillmore), San Francisco CA
Feb 9 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA
Feb 13 Agora, Cleveland OH
Feb 15 Ontario Theatre, Washington DC
Feb 16 Harvard Square Theater, Cambridge MA
Feb 17 Palladium, New York NY
Feb 20 The Rex Danforth Theatre, Toronto, Canada
We were going to drive to Toronto from New York, but we were snowed in and except for the back-line vehicle, the rest of us flew direct to Cananda. Scratchy